Video Game Releases to Look Out for in June 2020

June is the start of the summer dry season, however, there are some interesting titles coming this month. Plus, despite E3 being canceled, there are going to be a ton of online gaming events with a ton of new announcements. You know the drill. This list is really only a partial list of what’s to come. We are bound to have many more surprise release announcements in the coming weeks.

Valorant (June 2 – PC)

Valorant is Riot Games’ introduction to the first-person shooter genre. However, it doesn’t look like they are just riding the wave of popular arcade shooters and battle royales. Instead, they are giving us a blast from the past by attempting to reinvigorate the quick, deadly, squad-based shooter ala Counter-Strike. Granted, there is quite a bit more than the cock and fire action of CS:GO here. Characters have pseudo-classes, special abilities, and other neat quirks that make them a little bit more like Overwatch characters. However, the gameplay is far from Overwatch’s prolonged conflicts. One side has to plant a bomb. Another has to stop them. Characters die quick and don’t respawn. No one has really given us an new Counter-Strike since… well Counter-Strike so it will be interesting to see if Valorant becomes the new big shooter craze.

Desperados 3 (June 16 – PC, PS4, XBO)

You young’uns probably don’t ‘member when real cowboys like us played real isometric tactical stealth games *spits into a spittoon*.

Well luckily, Desperados 3 is here to show you how it’s done. Billing itself as a narrative driven tactical stealth game, Desperados 3 is a game where a bullet or two means death. No trading blows here. The only way to successfully take out your enemy is to take advantage of their blind spots. Move silently, strike quickly, hide the body. It’s a lot like the original Metal Gear Solid but with a party of cowboys instead of Solid Snake. What’s not to love?

Disintegration (June 16 – PC, PS4, XBO)

Disintegration is a peculiar fusion of a first-person shooter and a MOBA. You control a party of troops on the ground, but you still have the ability to jump down into first person view and handle things yourself as the pilot of your own giant robot or starship. While the general plot of humanity going extinct after a worldwide plague might be a bit too on the nose for some people these days, the gameplay itself seems so unique that I wouldn’t pass this one up.

Hardspace: Shipbreaker (June 16 – PC, PS4, XBO)

Hardspace: Shipbreaker brands itself as a “space sandbox salvaging” game, and while I love that alliteration, I love the concept even more. Your goal is to salvage the ruins of abandoned spaceships. Of course, no spaceship becomes ruined for no reason. Even on the safest jobs you’ll have to very carefully cut away pieces of the ship such that it doesn’t break up, explode, or damage the valuables inside. However, more complicated missions will face you with more complicated hazards.

The Last of Us Part 2 (June 19 – PS4)

This is the big title release of the month. PlayStation 5 is coming out and Sony doesn’t have a whole lot more major first party releases left. This is pretty much PS4’s swan song. It’s the game everyone has been waiting for, the sequel to the story of Joel and Ellie struggling to survive the post apocalypse. Just remember, the real monsters aren’t the fungus zombies. It’s other people.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated (June 23 – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)

First we had the Crash remakes. Then the Spyro remakes. Now… SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom

OK look. If you have no idea what this game is, we wouldn’t blame you. It’s a very obscure game that wasn’t reviewed well at the time of its release. However, over the years it has gained a cult following, especially in the speedrunning community. Turns out it’s a decent collect-a-thon. This new Rehydrated edition updates all the graphics while keeping all the stages and gameplay intact. It also features the iconic voice cast of the show. If you are looking for a good platformer, give it a try. Heck, it might be worth a look just for the memes alone.

Ninjala (June 24 – Switch)

Ninjala has been on this list several times already, but it’s been delayed, put into new betas, and has never seen its full release. Now, it looks like launch day is finally here… er… hopefully. Ninjala is a new multiplayer action game made in the vein of Splatoon. You and your teammates chew ninja gum to gain ninja powers, in order to run up walls, disguise yourselves as common objects, and fight with awesome weapons and ninja techniques. It’s also free-to-play which is neat… except it also opens up the door for microtransactions.

Brigadine: The Legend of Runersia (June 25 – Switch)

Another classic franchise that few people originally played, Brigadine was a tactical fantasy war strategy game that saw a bit of popularity in the early PSone era. Now it’s come back on the Switch, with a brand new story and brand new systems. You take control of a horde of monsters and fight massive battles on hex-based grids for the fate of six kingdoms. It will be sure to scratch your tactical itch.

No Straight Roads (June 30 – PC, PS4, XBO)

Finally, we have a game that you have to love for the concept. It’s a rhythm/action game where you save the people from vinyl city from the evil forces of EDM with the power of rock and roll. The neat thing here is that all the attacks and hazards you fight against are keyed to the music, and by fighting to the beat of the music you do more damage. It’s so weird, and it’s exactly the type of experimental game we need right now.