The PC Gaming Show 2019: Borderlands 3, Baldur's Gate 3, and the return of Evil Genius
It was another packed event at the E3 PC Gaming show this year with appearances from big developers like Gearbox discussing Borderlands 3 and trailers for exciting new titles like Chucklefish’s Starmancer, Chivalry II, Midnight Ghost Hunt, and Remnant: From the Ashes.
Every year, the PC Gaming Show is a chance for big triple A developers to present on the same stage as some of the brightest stars in the indie world. Let’s take a look at the games on display at the 2019 PC Gaming Show.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2
Paradox Interactive kicked off the show with an impressive new trailer for their Vampire: The Masquerade revival, giving us a glimpse into the life of a vampire that’s forced to feed and hide from mankind.
Predator and prey, Paradox showed off a variety of vampire powers and teased that your victim’s emotions could have a dramatic effect on their blood when you feed, changing the nature of the powers you have at your disposal.
Evil Genius 2: World Domination
Evil Genius 2: World Domination puts you right back in the shoes of an evil mastermind dead set on all kinds of evil tomfoolery. Although we don’t see any gameplay in the trailer, you can expect to micromanage almost every element of your evil empire to vanquish all opposition like the sim building gameplay we had in the first game.
Described as Dwarf Fortress in Space, Starmancer takes sci-fi survival, mixes it with Chucklefish’s pixelated style, and gives you the freedom to build your colony as you see fit.
Along the way you’ll face threats like space pirates, overloaded reactors, and various mechanics that promise to be much more intense than what we saw in Stardew Valley. For sci-fi fans it looks like a chance to dive into a pixelated space odyssey from a company that’s known for charming, player-driven stories.
Mosaic made a small appearance showing off an atmospheric adventure game with a futuristic noir art style that targets a world consumed by an app collecting a meaningless digital currency.
Torn Banner and Tripwire took the stage to demo Chivalry II with a blood-soaked trailer that shows just how far the title has come since its early days as a cult arena slasher on Steam. The focus with Chivalry II is on balanced, satisfying gameplay meant to bring brutal movie-style pillaging and armor crunching to your monitors at home.
Midnight Ghost Hunt
Midnight Ghost Hunt made quite a stir a few months back on Reddit with a surprise gameplay reveal, so it’s good to see it making an appearance here at E3 on the PC Gamer show. The trailer includes all the Prop Hunt-style shenanigans you’d expect, with plenty of ghost buster tech and wild ghost abilities to give it its own unique spin on the original.
Open Sky Games took the stage to talk about how the uniquely aggressive ghost mechanics and abilities work in a live game, which sounds like a promising change of pace from its predecessor.
Unexplored 2 is an artistic pastel roguelike with an interesting focus on character choice and how it effects a player even long after their death.
Mutant Year Zero: Seed of Evil
Funcom took the stage to show off Mutant Year Zero: Seed of Evil, an expansion for their mutant filled turn-based strategy game that launched this last year. Expect Seed of Evil to add new story content and units when it goes live on July 30th.
Conan Chop Chop
Although originally marketed as an April Fool’s joke, Conan Chop Chop brings cooperative dungeon crawling to life with a cute chibi art style that’s sure to appeal to any fan of roguelikes and tongue in cheek action flick humor.
The Last Oasis
The Last Oasis is a fresh look at an open world survival game that features ships that literally walk across the dunes. We don’t know much about what The Last Oasis is trying to do, but as a survival game there’s no doubt that it’s caught our attention with the sheer variety of walking boats and crossbow turrets in the trailer.
You’ll have a chance to find out personally when The Last Oasis launches this September.
Age of Wonders: Planetfall
Paradox Interactive demoed a new trailer for Age of Wonders: Planetfall, a wild 4X strategy game set to launch on August 6th.
It looks like Planetfall allows you to step into the role of a colonizer rushing to take control of an entire planet’s worth of resources in the shadow of a fallen empire. Expect to see cyborgs, laser wielding dinosaurs, and other factions that’ll give you a wide variety of play styles to choose from.
Zombie Army 4: Dead War
The developers of Sniper Elite 4 are back with Zombie Army 4: Dead War which features unique characters, enemies, and a whole pile of unique satanic zombies ready to have their brains shattered in glorious slow motion.
So assemble a team, because Left 4 Dead-style cooperative zombie shooters are only dead if you aren’t having fun in them.
Remnant: From the Ashes
Ready to fight some nightmares? Good, because Remnant: From the Ashes is ready to drop you right into the middle of a deadly fight for the fate of the human race.
The CEO from Gunfire Games took the stage to show off their newest cooperative shooter as it jumps from post-apocalyptic earth to a variety of unique fantasy environments. It’s refreshing to see a post-apocalyptic game with a twist that doesn’t involve zombies or nuclear fallout, and Remnant: From the Ashes is focused on delivering an evolving narrative experience that will shift constantly from one playthrough to the next.
You can get your hands on Remnant: From the Ashes on August 20th or August 16th if you pre-order the game early.
An Epic Games store exclusive, Griftlands has evolved into an interesting take on a deckbuilding strategy adventure game that allows you to tackle problems with a blend of old-school RPG variety based on the cards you’ve assembled for the occasion.
This is another title coming from Klei Entertainment, so expect it to be as detailed and brutal as the other games in their library.
If you’ve ever wanted to become a virtual zookeeper keeping track of a realistic, living, breathing zoo, then Planet Zoo is finally here to scratch that itch. This is a sim game that’s doing it’s best to deliver the most realistic animal experience we’ve ever seen, wrapped around a park simulator that plans to educate as much as it entertains.
It’s time to become stronger, because Shenmue 3 is coming, and we have a brand-new gameplay trailer showing off combat, a few quests, and a tiny glimpse into the world we can expect on November 19th.
Songs of Conquest
Inspired by Heroes of Might and Magic 2, Songs of Conquest brings back gorgeous 3D pixel art and strategy adventure gameplay.
The name of the game is recruiting adventurers and armies to duke it out in turn-based battles that net you resources. These resources are brought back to your town, allowing you to build up your settlement to a proper kingdom with more armies, better units, and more ways to grow and expand. It’s a throwback to one of the most addictive games of a generation, but it isn’t set to launch until late 2020, so you have plenty of time to get your affairs in order in the meantime.
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Versus Mode
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is getting a fresh expansion that’ll pit you and three friends against the darkest enemies of all – other players. Versus mode has arrived, which allows other players to take control of the horde to manually duke it out against our valiant heroes. It’s a chance to rip and tear the way only vermin can, and to enrage your friends and earn unique rewards.
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey takes the player on a trip to the dawn of humanity where you’ll carefully learn to survive as a clan of primitive homo sapiens. It’s an interesting twist on a classic survival game, and even if you generally aren’t a fan of primates of any shape or size there’s something charming about a game that lets you raise a family to take over the primordial forest trying to eat you.
Developer Dragonest took the stage to show off the PC version of Auto Chess, which swaps knights and pawns for stylized RPG monsters that let you duke it out in a game of wild strategy unlike anything you’ve seen on a checkered board before.
Modus Games premiered a trailer for their classic turned based RPG Cris Tales that lets you manipulate the past, present, and future simultaneously to turn the winds of fate to your favor.
Publisher Big Sugar brought the big guns to the PC Gaming Show with a 2D action sides scroller that looks like DOOM and Metroid spawned a child straight out of metal heaven. Expect explosions, gore, and kick-ass metal music that sets the stage for nothing but hours of 2D pixelated gunplay.
Gearbox took the stage to answer a few questions and drop some tidbits about Borderlands 3.
Part of this involved discussing grenades, shields, and the Gunner character Moze. They also lightly touched on the billions of weapon options and artifacts coming to everyone’s favorite looter shooter.
In terms of end game content Gearbox also revealed the Guardian system, which is an evolution of the badass system from Borderlands 2. We assume it’ll function similar to the paragon system in Diablo III that allows you to continue leveling a separate gauge once you hit the primary level cap on a character. This progress will translate to bonuses and skins that’ll transfer to your other characters no matter their level or class.
Gearbox also teased that although boss fights will be throughout the game, you can expect massive, mechanic-based boss fights at the Vaults you visit in your travels.
We’ll get to see more when Borderlands 3 launches on September 13, 2019.
Maneater wanted to focus on story at this E3 and introduced the main antagonist, Scaly Pete, before diving into a discussion of what to expect from a shark RPG in terms of progression and narrative motivation.
Telling Lies is a sequel to Her Story, an interactive live action puzzle game that sends you diving through video logs as you use clues and bits of tech to unlock the dark truth sitting just beyond the lens of the camera.
If you like piecing together live action footage to find the truth, investigating the digital lives of strangers, and exploring a story that’s meant to grip you like a Black Mirror episode, then Telling Lies is right up your alley.
Relogic is back with one more expansion for Terraria titled Last Journey, which will add a variety of new difficulty options to the game as well as a bestiary, and of course, a pile of new bosses and items for fans to enjoy.
Warframe is finally taking its space combat to the next level with ship to ship combat as part of their Empyrean update. As always, expect new Warframes, what looks like custom battleships, and a whole new way to play Warframe with your friends. Warframe is the king of gaming evolution, so expect this update to change everything we know about space ninja combat.
Tune in on July 6th for Tennolive to learn more.
El Hijo is a spaghetti western stealth indie title that puts you in the shoes of a young boy facing a daunting future without his mother. Featuring slingshot, stealth-based gameplay and a pastel art style, this should be an interesting indie narrative title to cruise through on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Baldur’s Gate 3
Finally Larian Studios took the stage to talk about Baldur’s Gate and the story behind how Larian managed to get their hands on the IP and what to expect from the first hours of the game, which includes some serious screen time for the Mindflayer we saw in the trailer.
As a bonus, Wizards of the Coast also revealed a brand-new module for the D&D tabletop game that sets the stage for Baldur’s Gate 3 for fans of the series.