To all the fellow PC gamers out there, we finally have our own E3 Press conference, The PC Gaming Show. It was organised by enthusiasts at PC Gamer and was backed by AMD along with a handful of other sponsors.
Keep reading on as here’s a summary for the first time ever event.
The first title presented on the PC Gaming show’s rooster, by the president of Tripwire Interactive games himself, John Gibson, was the brutal FPS game Killing Floor 2. The game had been on Early Access for a few months and expands on the core gameplay from the first part. The video footage looked “bloody” awesome. The game will be shipped with new maps, weapons and mods.
After which was the exclusive reveal of Rising Storm 2: Vietnam. We have already spoken about the game. Click here for more about the game.
From his studio in London, Chris Roberts, CEO, Cloud Imperium games, gave us a behind the scenes view of its upcoming sci-fi adventure game Star Citizen.
AMD’s first stint on the stage was to show off its latest additions to Radeon R9 and Radeon R7 series that it had announced earlier that day. We will be benchmarking and reviewing these new graphics cards soon.
Eidos Montreal showed off Deus Ex: Mankind Divided with a teaser in the form of a Dawn engine demo, with absolutely gorgeous graphics, featuring global illumination, volumetric lighting and more “clutter” than ever. Deus Ex has been a longstanding PC franchise.
Sega revealed a Total War: Warhammer game. Although it’s the 9th Total War game, it’ll be the first in a Total War: Warhammer trilogy. Still in pre-alpha, Warhammer would be bringing in fantasy elements for the first time to the franchise.
Microsoft head of Xbox division, Phil Spencer made an appearance to announce that Killer Instinct will be making the jump from Xbox One to PC. Speaking of Microsoft’s renewed commitment to PC gaming, he specified how offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 would allow PC developers to target a single OS as much as possible.
Fabled Legends, from Lionhead studios, a free to play co-op RPG, will have continuous updates with new quests and heroes content.
Rod Fergusson of The Coalition announced Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, another major Xbox title that would be coming to the PC. A remake of the original game, which came out in 2007, but now with support for 4K resolution, an unlimited refresh rate, DirectX 12 graphics, and mouse-keyboard or wireless/wireless elite controller support on Windows 10.
SCS Software brings its American Truck Simulator with the trailer presented containing quite a few different models with varying look and feel.
EVE: Valkyrie, a multiplayer space-combat simulator game, was shown for the Oculus Rift VR headset on PC.
DayZ creator Dean Hall revealed a footage for his new game ION and discussed the problems he had to face while pursuing DayZ, now under Bohemia, and how he never expected it to get so big. Technology from Improbable allows simulating all worldly entities as a plus for the game.
The game with one of the best kickstarter videos ever, Strafe, had a live action demo for us, bringing back nostalgic elements from classics like Quake and Doom.
Pillars of Eternity, by Obsidian partnered with Paradox studios, gets its first part of a new expansion titled The White March. The creators also were all praises for the Kickstarter platform.
The creator of Elite: Dangerous, Frontier Developments, announced a new IP in the form of its park simulation game, Planet Coaster. Available for pre-order now, it comes out in 2016 for PC.
Next announced title was from the MMO genre, was an exclusive trailer for Guild Wars 2: Heart Of Thrones expansion, by developers Arena Net. Featured in the trailer is their latest addition Guild Halls, as a big new social feature for the MMO. Guild Hall is a essentially a type of map which the teams will have to capture, to make it as their own personal Guild Hall. It will be highly customizable and will give players to access to a lot of new features.
Hitman gets a December 8, 2015 Digital Launch. The game will be continuously tweaked throughout the year. It features about 6 times larger map than Hitman: Absolution, no checkpoints, more than 300 NPC’s and the footage showing excellent graphics.
AMD took to the stage once again to reveal its AMD Radeon R9 Dual-GPU Fiji video card with 4K performance on the newest games. The chief sponsor on the PC Gaming Show continued with announcing its 16 teraflops gaming system with two AMD Radeon R9 video cards inside.
Bohemia Interactive, took the stage to announce Tanoa, a landscape expansion, for Arma III. The expansion will have new terrain in the form of lush islands in an archipelago with underwater exploration, also giving something new to the modding community.
Introduction to the indie game Beyond Eyes, started with a trailer, promising a lovely game with a beautiful art-style. The game revolves around a blind girl and her interactions with the surroundings with the help of touch, memory and sounds, which were pleasingly good.
Splash Damage, who have collaborated with some big tiles like Wolfenstein: The New Order and Batman: Arkham Origins, have brought a game of their own for the first time, Dirty Bomb. It is a fast paced free to play competitive shooter.
Fullbright, creators of the acclaimed Gone Home, bring a zero-gravity exploration game Tacoma. The game is setup in an space station, with 6 occupants, where the players will have to find clues to a mystery setting, much like Gone Home.
It was time for some horror (literally) with Fricitional Games, creators of the Amnesia franchise who announced SOMA. Set up in deep undersea the developers gave a never seen before footage. It is to be released on September 22, 2015.
Bohemia continued its appearance in the conference with more information on DayZ. They reconfirmed beta release later this year with full support for modders through Steam Workshop, a single player mode and will publicly release software for people to set up their own DayZ severs. Also, Bohemia provided early access to yet another game, Take On Mars. An Arma mod spin-off, it is a space exploration game that includes a multiplayer survival mode. Now on Steam Early access, with Beta coming this Summer.
Gears Of War got another mention with its designer Cliff Bleszinski introducing his work on Project Bluestreak with Nexon. Some pre-alpha environments were shown for the first person shooter.
Enter The Dungeon, a bullet hell dungeon crawler, strutted its stuff with a live action demo from the developers. It has influences from various classics and flaunts 200+ guns.
Blizzard Entertainment gave a footage for the first expansion of their recently launched Heroes of the Storm, called Internal conflict. The MOBA will feature characters from Diablo in the content pack, as a part of its Diablo support. It will be coming June 30, 2015. Blizzard also announced that its StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Woid expansion gets “Whispers of Oblivion”, containing 3 free prologue missions. It connects the”Heart of the Swarm” expansion and the upcoming “Legacy of the Void.” The first cinematic trailer was shown with beta coming out on July, 2015.
The PC Gamers Conference was finally concluded with footage from the critically acclaimed No Mans Sky, being promised to have a PC version albeit with no specific date. The super ambitious game, with its procedurally generated universe has AI bots specially designed to test its unending universe.
The long conference winded up with various length and breadth discussions about the PC Genre. Maybe the huge demographic could have been represented a bit better but it was pretty good effort for a first time. Personally I would hope it becomes a regular in the E3 calendar.
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