E3: PC Gaming Show Roundup

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By Francine Canelo / Contributing Writer

This past Sunday, June 13, the PC Gaming Show premiered their virtual conferences on Day 2 of E3 at 5:30 P.M. EST. The event was presented by PC Gamer and hosted by Sean “Day 9” Plott, Mica Burton, and Frankie Ward.

The evening presented an assortment of video game world premieres, micro interviews with developers, and updates on anticipated titles and release dates.

The ninja battle royale, “Naraka Bladepoint,” was the show’s first world premiere trailer and is expected to release on August 12 with a closed beta period approaching.

“Dodgeball Academia,” a sports RPG, is expected to release later this year for Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

The team of “Chivalry II,” a first-person multiplayer slasher released earlier this year, showed some of the new content coming to the game, including new maps, weapons, and fighting styles.

“Rawmen” had its debut game trailer, showing the arena fighting game through the world of chefs via food fight style.

“Dying Light 2” saw a new trailer and a deep dive into the protagonist’s backstory set in a survival horror RPG. It’s expected to release on December 7, 2021.

One of the hosts, Frankie Ward, was announced as a rival leader in the new update coming to the historical strategy game “Humankind” during its closed beta. The game is set to release on August 17.

A trailer for the 2D platformer, “They Always Run,” was released. The launch date is TBD.

“Orcs Must Die 3” received an anticipated trailer, with a closer look into the new functions of the action-tower defense game. The trailer also revealed that the game will be available on Steam, PlayStation, and Xbox on July 23, 2021.

“Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong” showed its debut trailer but has no release date yet. The RPG is expected to be available on all consoles and PC.

The multiplayer arena brawler, “Gigabash,” had its monster-filled trailer debut, with a release date TBD.

“Lemis Gate” received an expected release date of August 3, 2021. The PvP combat game also has a real-time turn-based game mode for multiplayer and has a beta coming to PC in July.

“Next Space Rebels” allows you to upgrade rockets by trial and error to make your way to the world of space navigation. The game is set to release in Fall 2021.

Another game set to release later this year is “WarTales,” the fantasy tactical RPG.

A new title debuted its trailer today, “Ixion,” a management-based game set in space. The art style is reminiscent of CyberPunk 2077 and is set to release sometime in 2022.

The creators of “Far: Lone Sails” released the trailer for their new game “Far: Changing Tides,” but no release date was announced. Another title without a release date is “Lakeburg Legacies,” a management game focused on assigning tasks and setting up couples to develop your town.

“Silt” was announced in a creepy trailer that showed a diver navigating through a dark underwater world of black and white imagery and monsters. Unfortunately, the game has no official release window as of the trailer release.

Two highly anticipated games are set to release later this year, “Hello Neighbor 2” and “Jurassic World: Evolution 2.”

Both of the popular titles were paired with trailers that heavily drew on their respective predecessors. The  “Hello Neighbor 2” trailer gives viewers a glimpse of the new traps that can be set for the creepy neighbor. 

“Jurassic World: Evolution 2” is bringing original talent like Jeff Goldblum onto the game and expanding the gameplay possibilities by adding marine and flying animals to the game, as well as options to build outside of Isla Nubar.

In a fast-paced sizzle reel, New Blood Interactive showcased some of the games they’re working on, including “Ultra Kill,” “Fallen Aces,” “Amid Evil: The Black Labyrinth,” “Unfortunate Spacemen,” “Dusk,” “Kyle is Completely Famous,” “Faith the Unholy Trinity,” and “Gloomwood.”

“Soulstice,” a hack and slash thriller, is coming to next-gen consoles and PC in 2022. Another announcement for 2022 was “Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate Daemonshunter,” with a cinematic trailer set to release in August of this year.

A first-person shooter, “Pioner,” was announced in a trailer where the player attacks everything in the post-apocalyptic world, but there’s no release date announced.

Some indie titles were shown with varying releases. “Lumberhill,” a lumberjack multiplayer game, is out now. “Arboria,” a fantasy 3D rogue-lite game, is set to release in August 2021. Additionally, “Tinykin,” a 3D platformer with an art style comparable to “Pikmin,” is expected to release sometime in 2022.

Another fiction survival game, “Chernobylite,” is being released on August 28 and focuses on heists around the Chernobyl disaster site.

The sci-fi survival game “Icarus” is expected to release on August 11th of this year.

“Mechajammer,” an open-world pixel RPG, and “The Wandering Village,” a survival simulation game, were both showcased. However, neither has a confirmed release window yet.

The final pixel game of the PC Gaming Show is “Death Trash,” a Lovecraftian-inspired game featuring a Cthulhu tree. The release date for “Death Trash” is August 5, 2021.

“Songs of Conquest” and “Citizen Sleeper” both have release dates in 2022. 

The final trailer showed the retro shooter, “Project Warlock 2”. With its throwback art style and “Doom” inspired gameplay, it’s anticipated by players during the early access on July 29th.

For a more in-depth look at the games and trailers, PC Gamer has the full roster available on their website. 


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