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The PC Gaming Show Pre-E3 2019 Media Briefing Summary

by Cody Medellin on June 10, 2019 @ 11:55 p.m. PDT

During The PC Gaming Show's Pre-E3 2019 Media Briefing, it presented new coverage for Evil Genius 2, Planet Zoo, Remnant: From the Ashes, Shenmue III, Zombie Army 4 and more.

June 10, 2019, 10:00 AM PT
Los Angeles, CA

The PC Gaming Show has always been different from other E3 presentations, as it has a talk show vibe, with a desk for the host and various questions about the game being lobbed about. With sponsorship of the Epic Games Store, there was a concern that everything would have a long timed exclusivity to the store. That fear is only half-correct, as there were still a number of titles shown off for Steam. Below are some of the highlights from the almost two-hour show that showcased 30 games, separated by whether they're Steam or Epic Games Store releases.

Steam

Evil Genius 2: World Domination

After more than a decade, the villain simulator has returned, with the focus on building the most nefarious lair in hilarious ways. No real gameplay was shown, but there is a hint that you'll have a choice of evil geniuses to be.

Starmancer

From Chucklefish comes a new sprite-based space station simulator. You'll try to do everything you can to keep the colony running and growing while taking on missions to help things prosper. Invading colonies keeps things interesting, and the trailer seems to hint at roguelike elements coming into play, as losing everyone means starting anew with new parameters. It also looks to be complex, so hardcore sim fans will get their fix from this one.

Midnight Ghost Hunt

In this multiplayer game, one team plays as ghosts and the other as ghost hunters. Ghosts can hide in places while the ghost hunters have to try to find and eliminate them. Should midnight come around, the tables turn, and the ghosts can hunt down and kill the hunters while the hunters have to survive long enough to get out. There's an alpha for this coming later this summer.

Mosaic

Little was known about this title, except that it gives off a Limbo or Inside vibe, with a more angular adult instead of a child. Interestingly, the trailer showed off that a mobile clicker game called BlipBlop is important in this world, and that actual game can be downloaded now.

Unexplored 2

Unexplored 2 is a nice-looking cel-shaded roguelike where you're charged with trying to travel to the ends of the earth to destroy an evil staff. The hook, aside from the graphics, is that the next character you play as when you die is the descendant of said character, giving the game a Rogue Legacy vibe on a grander scale.

Conan Chop Chop

A Conan dungeon crawler where everyone looks like they came from a Cyanide and Happiness comic. It looks goofy, but it also looks like it works very well, making for possibly the best game in the franchise yet. It's not bad at all for something that was initially taken as an April Fool's joke.

Last Oasis

A survival game isn't anything new. One featuring multiplayer has been done before. One that features creepy walking machines is certainly more novel. It hits Early Access next month.

Remnant: From the Ashes

This is a procedurally generated co-op shooter from the current makers of the Darksiders series. The postapocalyptic setting is familiar, but the Dark Souls-inspired combat against big bosses is what makes this interesting. It should be coming out by the end of the summer.

Planet Zoo

With Frontier's experience on Zoo Tycoon, it makes perfect sense that the follow-up to Planet Coaster would be a zoo. Expect to create amazing-looking biomes and house tons of different animals while keeping the business running for a long time.

Songs of Conquest

This may be a classic PC strategy game, but unlike most modern takes, this one goes for a completely sprite-based look. That stands out the most, since it's reminiscent of Octopath Traveller, with tons of lighting effects blanketing those sprites. They're taking sign-ups for a closed alpha now.

Per Aspera

You play a newly developed AI that has the consciousness of a human, and you've been sent a mission to terraform Mars so it can be fit for humans. The hook here is that while strategy and resource management are still at the forefront, the narrative makes things more interesting. Unlike most of the games listed here, don't expect this to hit until sometime in 2020.

Cris Tales

A JRPG that's actually developed in Columbia. The gorgeous art style looks nothing like anime, and it's is overshadowed by the mechanic of being able to see the past, present, and future of each scene at the same time. This makes for some trippy scenarios. If you need some convincing, there's a demo of it on Steam now.

Valfaris

Inspired by the likes of Contra, this is a big sci-fi side-scrolling shooter with a real metal feel to it. There may be a bit of a worry learning that this is from the same guys that did Slain: Back from Hell, but the hope is that after patching that game to be better, this title will start off on a better foot.

Telling Lies

Just like Her Story, this game is done in full-motion video clips, with the premise that you're searching through all of these clips to find out what's linking four people over the course of two years. If it's anything like the creator's previous title, this should be a hell of a story.

El Hijo

Stealth isn't what you expect when you're told that you're playing a Western. Then again, you don't expect to play a Western as a kid. Having been sent to a monastery by your mother, you'll try to sneak around the place to avoid the friars and reunite with your mother. It ends up being a cute game, mostly because you're hiding in large vases and distracting everyone with toys as opposed to the typical bloodshed in these titles.

Epic Games Store

Before going to the specific games showing up here, Epic ran a little ad that acted as a montage of which titles are hitting the store first. Everything featured included Ancestors, Atomicrops, Borderlands 3, The Pathless, Phantom Brigade, Rune 2, The Sojourn, Solar Ash Kingdom, Untitled Goose Game, and What The Golf?

Chivalry II

First-person multiplayer sword-fighting returns, and there are some notable changes. Horses and catapults are here to go with the beheadings and limb chopping, but so are larger-scale 64-player battles, giving one a For Honor vibe but with more visceral combat. There's also more interactivity to the capturing of bases, so you'll actively be doing things like burning houses instead of just occupying a place until a meter fills up.

Genesis Noir

It has no official platform, but it's an Unreal-developed game funded via Kickstarter, leading us to believe that it'll be on Epic Games Store. Either way, it is a noir-inspired adventure game with a blobby style for its characters, and it's all about trying to save the love of your life from being hit by The Big Bang. While we don't know much else about this, the premise is too good to not keep tabs on the game.

Zombie Army 4: Dead War

No real gameplay was shown, but with three games in this spin-off already available, you kind of know what to expect from this Left 4 Dead-like title set in an alternate World War II.

Griftlands

This used to be an RPG, but it pivoted greatly to become a deck-based title where you can select cards to either recruit people, kill enemies, or talk your way out of combat. The alpha will be playable in a month.

Shenmue III

After a number of delays, we're finally getting the sequel to the well-loved Dreamcast duo of titles. We saw some scenes of Ryo training and getting into fights, but the big news is the fact that the Epic Games Store got another big game for a decent amount of time.

Auto Chess

With the Dota 2 mod being as popular as it is, it was only a matter of time before the original mod makers decided to turn that into a stand-alone game. With Steam getting its own Dota 2 Auto Chess stand-alone game, this could be a fight similar to what you see between Dota 2 and League of Legends for this specific strategy genre.

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