E3 2019 – PC Gaming Show Recap (Day 3 – Monday)

Let me just make something clear really fast. I don’t own a PC. I know, I know, it’s probably the most accessible form of gaming machine out there but, I just don’t have one! I live in a tiny apartment and I don’t have the space to dedicate to a desktop computer. However, my very good friends who run this website with me are big on PC gaming, so hopefully we all can gain a little something valuable from today’s PC Gaming Conference.

I’m only gonna talk about the games here (not the clearly product placed Samsung monitor or gaming chair) so let’s venture onwards.

  • Evil Genius 2 World Domination – I did not know what Evil Genius 1 was, but apparently this is a sequel to the very popular lair building simulator. The trailer looked super interesting, with lots of personality and character (both literally and figuratively). You can check that trailer out here, and get ready for it to hit Steam in 2020.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 – The game with three titles. The trailer (which you can watch an extended version of here) was insanely intriguing despite me not knowing of the previous entry. Can you blame me though? It came out in 2004. Either way, you can look forward to this immersive dark world hitting PC in Q1 of 2020.
  • Starmancer – Billed as “Dwarf Fortress in space,” Starmancer is a new game from Chucklefish that puts you in control of an AI who manages a space colony, caring for residents and fighting off enemies. A little part of me hopes that maybe you can do a playthrough of going full iRobot on everyone, but maybe that’s just me. It’s planned for a 2019 release on PC, Mac, and Linux, you can watch the trailer here.
  • Chivalry II – A game for the nerds in all of us. It’s got music like Lord of the Rings, battle scenes inspired by the Battle of the Bastards, and role playing like Monty Python. There’s also heavy emphasis on swordplay and decapitations which, yeah that seems pretty cool. Chivalry II will hit the Epic Games Store in early 2020 with release for other platforms planned later. You can see the segment for it here.
  • Mosaic – Finally, someone is asking the important question: “What if phones, but too much?” Mosaic looks very Inside-esque both in theme and in animation style, but perhaps we should save judgment until the game actually comes out. It has a scheduled release date of 2019 for PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux, and Nintendo Switch, but the game featured in the trailer “Blip Blop” is available now on your mobile device of choice. You can see a preview of it here.
  • Midnight Ghost Hunt – You play a ghost who possesses objects to try and escape from ghost hunters. Or, conversely, you play as ghost hunters trying to clear out all the ghosts before time runs out. In an asymmetrical multiplayer game similar to Spy Party, Midnight Ghost Hunt allows a 4v4 player experience that honestly looks like a blast. There will be an alpha event running later this summer, and you can check out the segment here.
  • Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy – I love me some roguelikes, and this is one of them. It’s got beautiful graphics and a top down view of the landscape, and I’m excited to see how that works in thematically. It’s currently been announced for consoles and PC, and will release in 2020. Watch the trailer here.
  • Mutant Year Zero: Seed Of Evil – A new DLC pack for the Mutant Year Zero story, this plot line will focus on the nefarious roots that have taken over our heroes’ home. It will arrive on July 30, 2019 for Xbox, PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch! Watch the trailer here.
  • Conan Unconquered – This is a game that has already been released, but they presented it anyways. It’s a strategy game where you manage armies and are up against big giant monsters. It’s currently available for PC.
  • Moons of Madness – A new space horror game! Looks like some Annihilation style stuff with gameplay like Prey’s. It’s got a fitting release date of this upcoming Halloween, and will be available on Xbox One, PC, and PS4. You can see the trailer here.
  • Conan Chop Chop – Everyone thought it was an April Fool’s joke, but nope, it’s real. A Legend of Zelda, stick figure animated Conan game that gave me major Moonlighter flashbacks. It will be available on Xbox One, Switch, PS4, and PC on September 3, 2019. Give the trailer a watch here.
  • Last Oasis – Have you ever wondered “what if all of the Assassin’s Creed 4 gameplay stayed exactly the same, but there was no water involved?” Well, your dreams have come true. Ship battles in the sand with some hand-to-hand fighting for those who are interested. It will be available on PC on September 3, 2019, but will have an early access option starting July 15th. You can see the trailer here.
  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall – A strategy game that mixes aliens, dinosaurs, and time travel, all into one big pile. There are tech trees though, so, that’s reassuring. Available on August 6, 2019 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4, and you can see the trailer here.
  • Zombie Army 4: Dead War – Takes the trend of killing zombies and the trend of killing Nazis and smashes it all into one game. I’m sure it will be just fine. This game will hit shelves in 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC through the Epic Games Store. You can see a trailer for it here.
  • Remnant: From the Ashes – Or, as I like to call it, Dark Souls with guns. This is a game with a focus on unique player experience and replayability, but I saw lots of dying and a really big dragon so I think I get the gist. It will be available on August 20, 2019 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4, but if you pre-order it, you can play it starting August 16th. Watch the trailer for it here.
  • Griftlands – A card based fighting game with a pretty unique art style and very charming trailer (which you can watch here.) It is currently only announced for PC through the Epic Games Store and we don’t have a release date yet, although there will be an alpha available starting July 11th.
  • Planet Zoo – A new management sim where this time, you won’t have to feel bad for caging the animals. This game has an emphasis on education about the health and welfare of your wards, and you get to learn about conservation. The good graphics help, too. This game will be available for PC on November 5, 2019, and you can watch a trailer here.
  • Shenmue III – Is it just me, or does this game look… bad? Like, graphically? I realize it’s not finished yet but yikes, this is like 2005 era stuff. Anyways, for those who are fans of the Shenmue series I’m sure this announcement was exciting, but for me it just looked like Karate Kid: The Game. Coming November 19, 2019 for PS4 and PC through the Epic Games Store. You can watch the trailer here.
  • Songs of Conquest – Described as a “Classic Adventure Strategy,” this 2D, 16-bit style will definitely be calling to a specific type of gamer (*cough cough* Alex). The gameplay is supposed to be a bit like chess, which means I will never be good at it. This game will be available on PC and Mac in Late 2020, although you can sign up to be in their closed alpha on their website. Check out the trailer here.
  • Warhammer: Vermintide II – Now with a PvP versus mode! It’s 4v4, and I’m sure lots of fighting and blood will be there. I don’t know. If this is your jam I’m sure you know what’s up. There is currently no release date but you can sign up for the beta on their website. See the trailer here.
  • Per Aspera – You are a robot AI whose mission is to terraform Mars into a home for humans. I had the exact same urge as I did with Starmancer, I really hope you can betray humankind with this one. That would be fun. Per Aspera will be available on PC in 2020, and you can catch the trailer here.
  • Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey – A game about the evolution of mankind. The only gameplay they showed was of you as a monkey in Africa some 10,000 years ago, but I guess we are to assume there will be lots more than that? Who knows. Seems weird but, okay. Ancestors will be available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on August 27, 2019, and you can see the trailer here.
  • CrisTales – A new JRPG where a main mechanic is managing the past, present, and future, all in the same screen. Looks pretty cool, for those who are a fan of that genre. It’s scheduled to be released in 2020 for “all platforms,” with a demo currently available on Steam. Give the trailer a watch here.
  • Valfaris – A 2D action platformer that reminds me a looooot of Dead Cells (but obviously without that same hook). Again, this feels like it fits neatly into a retro games niche that has been popular in recent years, so if this is up your alley, you’ll probably know it. Set for a 2019 release date for Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PC. You can see the trailer here.
  • Maneater – A shark game where you get to play the shark! This looks like precisely the correct amount of silly. You eat things to level up, you can evolve, and more, all while avoiding a hyper-masculine fisherman. Sounds extremely up my alley. Maneater will be on PC through the Epic Games Store “soon.” Check out the trailer here.
  • Terraria: Journey’s End – A new (free) update to Terraria will hit players at the end of this year, and it will add over 800 new items. There will also be new enemies, new challenges, a bestiary, new mini-biomes, a new world generator, playing golf, and a new, harder Master mode. Essentially, it’s a lot. Check out the trailer here.
  • Telling Lies – A spiritual successor to Her Story, a truly incredible iOS game. And wouldn’t you know it, it was developed by Annapurna! This looks very very similar, so I’m definitely look forward to it. Telling Lies will be available on PC and Mac in 2019. You can take a look at the trailer here.
  • Warframe: Empyrean – What is with these expansions with titles consisting of obnoxiously spelled versions of regular words? Now there is space combat, which is great, and puts all combat types in one mode. There’s no release date yet, but there will be more information coming during Tennocon on July 9, 2019. You can see what they showed during the presentation here.
  • Genesis Noir – I have no idea what this game is, but it looks gorgeous. The game is described as “A Cosmic Adventure” and there weren’t any other details (platforms, release date) associated with it. It’s a beautiful mystery, and I’m here for it. You can watch what I saw here.
  • El Hijo – Showcasing a beautiful animation style, El Hijo advertised a Western style stealth game with a touch of silliness. You play a child trying to find his mother, and you use your childlike wonder to escape from those who wish to catch you. There are no plans for a release date yet, but it will release for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. You can see the trailer here.
  • Baldur’s Gate III – Based on Dungeons and Dragon’s 5th edition, the long awaited threequel has arrived. Or at least, gameplay footage as arrived, which you can analyze here. There’s still no scheduled release date, not even a window, so fans will probably have to wait a while longer before getting their hands on it. We do know, however, that it will be available for PC and Google Stadia. You can watch the stage presentation here.
  • Epic Game Store Plug – A mid-conference montage of games from the conference played, but there were some games announced that weren’t featured. Those included Solar Ash Kingdom, The Pathless, Untitled Goose Game, Phantom Brigade, Atomicrops, Rune II, What the Golf? The Sojourn, and Auto Chess. You can see the montage here.

You can watch the whole conference here (including an interview about Borderlands 3). So, what did you all think? What are you excited for? Let me know down below!

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