PC Conference Recap
Last Monday was the PC Gaming conference at the wonderful Wiltern theater in Los Angeles, California, and while it may be the most low key of all the E3 press conferences there were plenty of announcements for fans of all different kinds of PC games. Below we will provide the trailer for each game mentioned at the conference, along with any relevant info given at the conference. Starting with:
The Sunken City
An open world investigation game by developer Frogwares, of the Sherlock Holmes investigation games, set in the world of H.P. Lovecraft (of Cthulhu fame) that sees you playing as a detective solving a murder in this world gone mad. Speaking of mad the game will have players measuring their very sanity, questioning what is real, and fighting off hallucinations that hinder your path. Release date TBD.
Warframe The Sacrifice
A new questline is out now for PC and coming soon to consoles for Warframe’s latest expansion. The sacrifice quest is available after completing The Second Dream, The War Within, Chains of Harrow, and the Apostasy Prologue quests. Warframe’s annual convention, Tennocon, is coming to London on July 7th. Even though tickets are sold out, you can watch a live stream of the event here: https://www.warframe.com/tennocon/info#tennoLive
Sega announces a slew of awesome ports coming to PC, in addition to their already impressive lineup. New announcements include; Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, and Valkyria Chronicles 4.
Killing Floor 2
The new expansion for Killing Floor 2 is out now with new weapons including the Doom Stick, Static Striker, and the M99 AMR Sniper Rifle.
Starting its own publishing label, Tripwire is helping get a slew of new games out to market through a “truly collaborative publishing model” including:
Developed by the original modder of Killing Floor, Maneater is an open world single player RPG where players control an ever evolving shark hellbent on feeding on everything in sight.
Yes, that is their name. Another new publisher with a couple of games up their sleeve.
Bravery Network Online
A Pokemon style turn-based RPG set in the “post-post-apocalypse” with a very unique art style.
An interesting twist on the Harvest Moon formula where computers are the soil and data are the crops.
An indie horror/action platformer that will feel right at home for fans of Downwell and Axiom Verge. Overwhelm is available right now on Steam.
Jurassic World Evolution
Ever wanted to build your own Jurassic Park? Well you can be your own John Hammond with the Amusement Park Tycoon-esque Jurassic World Evolution.
Developed by Insomniac Games (Ratchet and Clank, Spyro the Dragon, Spider-Man, Sunset Overdrive), Stormland is a first of its kind open world VR game with combat and exploration with heavy Wall-E/Short Circuit vibes for Oculus devices. A co-op mode is also available for friends to play together. This game is extremely ambitious and how it controls will be the make or break point for it I feel. You can fly by stretching your arms out like Superman. You will have to reactivate your robot friends and fight against the evil Tempest that walk the planet. You can also attach new body parts to yourself that you find in the environment, which will be constantly changing.
A visually stunning game with a Studio Ghibli-esque art style, Sable has no combat and focuses on exploration with no leveling up or upgrades of any kind. Very reminiscent of Journey.
Another PC conference and another showing for Star Citizen. Not much to report other than that the Alpha 3.2 update is “coming soon”.
Genesis Alpha One
No Man’s Sky with combat and ship upgrades and resource mining.
Don’t Starve: Hamlet
The newest expansion has been pushed back to a December 2018 release date.
Just Cause 4
Just Cause 4 shows off its new APEX (“Avalanche Open World Engine”) with increased draw distance, improved HDR lightning, interactive weather systems, physics-based aerodynamics model, increased fidelity of destruction, all working towards Just Cause 4 looking the best the series ever has, with more destruction and chaos than any previous entry in the franchise.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead
Releasing November 6th on PC, PS4, and Xbox One with four players teaming up to survive the undead horde.
Telltale’s The Walking Dead
The voice of Clementine came on stage to talk about the final season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead. Shown off were a new combat system that is less QTE based like previous Telltale games, an over the shoulder camera, and takes place after the time skip in the comics. Telltale has changed a lot since Season 1 of The Walking Dead, which is fitting considering how much its main character Clementine has changed, and looks to deliver a proper send-off for the series. The final season will be available August 14th and is available for pre-order now.
An ambitious action-adventure roguelike from Nolla games where every pixel is simulated and, therefore, interactable.
Two Point Hospital
A hospital management simulator with a comedic tone that has players researching and curing bizarre diseases like “Turtle Head” and “Unibrow Infestation”. You can use your imagination for that one…
A fantasy based battle royale game with weapon forging.
From Double Fine Productions (Psychonauts, Grim Fandango, Broken Age) comes a unique fusion of gameplay elements from Pokemon, Harvest Moon, and Animal Crossing.
An absolutely hilarious trailer announcement for a battle royale game from the creators of Cyanide and Happiness, which pits the leftovers of humanity after God takes the uhh… chosen ones(?) to their place in heaven.
As you can see there were A LOT of announcements at this year’s PC Gaming Show with lots of new and surprising titles coming out this year and next.