The PC Gaming Show at E3 2018: Hitman 2 and the battle royale genre stand out in a packed show
Once again the PC Gaming Show at E3 brought out the best and brightest PC games from across the industry, offering indie developers a spot alongside some of the biggest triple-A devs on the platform. Everything from Hitman 2 to Maverick’s Proving Grounds made an appearance, with tons of trailers, developer interviews, and the kind of engine-focused details you rarely get at less hardware savvy press events.
Here's a look at all the games that made an appearance at this year's PC Gaming Show.
Coffee Game Studios brought a new title called Satisfactory, which features large scale automation gameplay from a survival first-person perspective similar to Ark and Conan Exiles, but with a focus on advanced industrialization. It’s multiplayer, it includes a lot of fancy trains, machines, and automobiles, and it looks like an evolution on the common modded Minecraft experience in the best possible way.
Satisfactory has a closed alpha coming in the next few months that you can sign up for on the game's official website.
Neo Cab is an interesting twist on a narrative story game that puts you in the shoes of what looks like a cyberpunk Uber driver. The challenge is focused on staying mobile, keeping your customers happy, and surviving in a world where your job is your life, but your humanity may have a price.
Maverick’s Proving Grounds
For the first battle royale title of the show, we got a look at Maverick’s Proving Grounds a multiplayer shooter that hopes to blend sci-fi and realism with 400 to 1000 players per round. It’s a chicken dinner experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
The live gameplay we saw during the PC Gaming Show demoed a simple, almost cartoony art style and an intense, atmospheric world. With that many players in a round things promise to be insane but many gamers are skeptical that Maverick’s Proving Grounds might struggle to deliver on its promises.
If you're interested, you can sign up for the closed beta now.
The Forgotten City
The Forgotten City is a game based off a powerful narrative, and focuses on saving a city full of people that will die if a person commits a single sin.
Star Control: Origins
Star Control: Origins is the latest installment in the classic 90s Star Control series, and looks to be a space sim with a focus on wacky, humorous, open universe exploration. Star Control: Origins advertises a truly open world, that lets you explore every planet, galaxy, and derelict asteroid you can find in an infinite universe. Hopefully it won’t end up like the last game that promised that mechanic, because the trailer makes it look promising.
You can pre-order Star Control: Origins now, and play the full game on September 20, 2018.
Hunt: Showdown demoed a new gameplay trailer showing off a host of new weapons, gadgets, and monsters for Crytek’s intense, multiplayer monster-hunting FPS. .
The Sinking City
The Sinking City made an appearance to show off its unique, brutal form of supernatural investigation. There’s no hand holding in The Sinking City, which could be exactly what the detective genre needs to change up the formula for the better.
The Sinking City takes place in a mythical city in Massachusetts, and the players will work to solve mysteries, fight supernatural, Lovecraftian monsters, and do their best to maintain their sanity in the face of the supernatural and the results of their own choices.
Warframe: The Sacrifice
Warframe released an exclusive launch trailer for their new narrative story expansion, The Sacrifice. The Sacrifice’s short teaser trailer shoes off the Umbra frame, and hints at Balus’ role in the new story.
The Sacrifice will release this week on Steam as part of the Tenno live event.
Sega: Yakuza Zero, Shenmue 3, and Valkyria Chronicles 4
Sega brought a whole host of new titles to E3 at the PC Gaming Show, but really only showed shorts clips from each of them. Some of the bigger ones includes Yakuza Zero, Shenmue 3, and Valkyria Chronicles 4.
Killing Floor 2
Tripwire made yet another stir and announced another season of the Summer Side Show called Treacherous Skies as well as over 73 newly customizable weapons to change up the larger Killing Floor 2 meta.
Treacherous Skies takes you out of the dank castles and grisly sci-fi labs and into a world high in the sky and includes a return for Mrs. Foster, shocking power gauntlets, a new four-barreled shotgun, and much more. As per usual, this content is already available, which makes it a great time to jump back into Killing Floor 2’s addictive gameplay formula.
Tripwire is also dipping into publishing to bring fellow developer Blindside’s new game Maneater to light, which is another shark-themed title similar to Blindside’s first full title, Depth. Maneater is a “shark RPG” that sets you loose on sunny beaches as a hungry shark that’s looking for love, or something. Maneater supposedly features a full length single player experience, so you’ll have a chance to explore your deepest, sharkiest secrets to your heart’s content.
Stormland, Insomniac’s newest VR title made an appearance, showing a live audience the new open world experience Insomniac hopes to bring to your VR headset at home. This included the information that the main enemy faction, the Tempest will actively work to reorganize Stormland’s open world to give you a new playground to explore every week.
Sable released a new narrative trailer that shows off an entirely open world with a minimalist science fiction art style.
Cloud Imperium Games released a trailer showing off a surprising amount of content for Star Citizen Alpha patch 3.2, including everything from far-off alien worlds, full scale markets, hyperspace travel, and much much more. It’s enough content to give us hope that Star Citizen might actually live up to the hype.
Don’t Starve: Hamlet
If you loved Don’t Starve you’ll be happy to see that the developers over at Klei Entertainment are all set to give you another expansion, titled Don’t Starve: Hamlet.
Just Cause 4
Just Cause 4 developer Avalanche Studios revealed yet another trailer to show off all the crazy new tech you’ll have access to in the main game thanks to the newest version of their Apex engine. Everything from ridiculous levels of destruction to unrivaled draw distance promises to deliver a familiar Just Cause experience with technology behind it to make it feel bigger and better than ever before.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead
Overkill’s The Walking Dead released a new cooperative gameplay trailer that gives us just a peak at what’s in store in Overkill’s take on a zombie apocalypse. Survival looks like it’s focused on teamplay and careful resource management, despite the number of people firing full-auto into a crowd of zombies.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead will launch November 6 in North America and November 8 for the rest of the world.
Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season
Telltale took the stage to show off gameplay of the final chapter in Clementine’s Walking Dead narrative. The Final Season will follow Clementine post-comic-time-jump, which has caused Clementine to enter her teen years as a protector and guardian for A.J., a small boy that’s the closest thing Clementine has left to family.
Clementine’s final season will release on August 14 and can be pre-ordered now.
Realm Royale from Hi-Rez Studios has been making quite a stir with it’s free early access release on Steam. Realm Royale is a medieval, class-based fantasy BR experience that's focused on gear upgrades, fast paced action, and RPG-lite mechanics that could make it a uniquely addicting experience.
Hi-Rez announced that streamers on Mixer during E3 will have a chance to win the Jailbird chicken skin, the first Realm Royale cosmetic item.
Double Fine Productions released a trailer for their new Ooblet-raising simulator Ooblets. It sure looks charming as all heck, doesn't it?
Anno 1800 made its premier with a new colonial trailer that shows off the blend of city building and strategy that makes up an Anno title, now in a brand-new setting. In Anno 1800 you kick off your game just off the cuff of the medieval age, and then travel by boat into the 19th century to usher in a new age of trade and prosperity for your playthrough.
Top-down battle royale action in the style of Cyanide and Happiness, what’s not to love? The Rapture has arrived, and you’ve been left behind to duke it out with the rest of the sinners. So, time to start fighting for survival in Rapture Rejects.
To close the show Warner Bros. demoed a brand-new trailer for Hitman 2 showing off the Miami Innovation Race level. With two targets and endless possibilities the new trailer demonstrates the many ways you can sneak, kill, or slaughter your targets in the Miami sun.
The Miami level is the largest Hitman playground to date and features gameplay mechanics such as Assassin’s Creed-style crowd blending, your trusty Hitman sniper rifle, and official confirmation of the return of Elusive Targets and challenge modes for Hitman 2’s post launch lineup.
Hitman 2 will launch November 13 of this year.