After last year’s inaugural PC gaming show at E3 — a slow, sometimes painful game rollout followed by lengthy interview segments — we weren’t sure what to expect in the 2016 sequel. But today, a slew of developers offered PC gamers much quicker teasing and blurbs on some titles to look forward to in the coming year.
In total about 20 titles were shown. There was also news about expansion packs and video cards plus a longstanding appreciation of Warren Spector’s mouse and keyboard. While the show pays little attention to hard details like release dates, overall the show showcased a diverse array of games that spanned the gameplay genre and developer pedigree. Above you’ll find information about everything we’ve included, and below are some selected comments on titles that looked particularly promising.
Ark survival evolved showed off a Primitive Plus mod, which will be available to players at the end of July. The mod, apparently, will be good for role-playing, playing at a high-tech level, creating your own storefronts. The team that presented said the goal is to create a group of creatures, play with them, raise babies and level them up. Players will be able to cycle through life cycles from babies to adults, and the team has snuck in some cheeky additions like a mate button and a poop button. (Our Sam Machkovech compared it to “Ultimate Online but with DINOSAUR!”)
Ars went to court Lawbreakers a few weeks ago at a press event. There are now up to four character classes, from which the game’s opposing squads can mix and match (the original version of the game locked two classes on one side and two classes on the other). That shift certainly improved the combat in the latest build.
Cliff Bleszinski was on hand to talk about the now public alpha version of the game (no NDAs, he stressed, so give feedback early and often). “If Overexpected is street fighterwe will be Mortal KombatBleszinski sketched out a new map that is a reimagining of LA and Santa Monica set in the near future. The team “put all the cars underground, [made them] self-driving” and that allowed for beautiful architecture throughout, according to Bleszinski. However, he noted that the map is “completely unbalanced now,” and the public alpha will let gamers “help break this game with us.”
TripWire has announced the “Bullseye Update” for Kill floor 2. Tripwire president John Gibson teased about more ways to kill players as monsters and the ability to play as zeds. The update brings new players and railguns, while adding some community-created maps as official selections. TripWire also announced an all-new one Kill floor Made for Oculus Touch Killing Floor raid.
Finji’s Heather Penn reviewed Country, a game based on a road trip through post-apocalyptic North America. “Everything needs an action,” the trailer warned. “Everything involves sacrifice. Everything is stressful.” The game uses a procedurally generated landscape and it kind of felt like The jungle of Tokyo meets Fire watch at a glance. Penn noted that there are now 1,000 alpha keys available on itch.io.
Bulhead and Square Enix present a new title, Turing test. It’s a first-person puzzle game set on Europa’s moon, and the team apparently consulted scientists to find out what life would be like. (It’s fiction, but “it could be true,” they boasted.) In the short footage, the game gave off a pleasant touch Portal.
The latest game presented aims to become “the next great space sim”. called Double Universethe footage seemed Nobody’s Heaven with more realistic art. Developer Jean-Cristopher Baillie sounded very ambitious when describing the game’s aspirations. Double wants to build a world where ‘anything is possible’. Baillie noted that players can build a ship and sell it in the in-game market, they can go to war and change the fate of the universe, they can start a pirate guild and role-play if they wish. “Everything has a meaning, everything matters,” he said. There is never one “right” thing to do. (We’ll see if it comes together in such a grandiose way.)
The full PC Gaming Show 2016 live blog can be found here.
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