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PC Gaming Show at E3: Baldur's Gate 3, Indies and More – Tom's Hardware

We’re live at Los Angeles’ Mayan Theater for the PC Gaming Show (run by our sister site, PC Gamer) to see what announcements are in store. The lineup includes Annapurna Interactive, Chucklefish, Epic Games Store, Paradox Interactive, Raw Fury, Samsung, Tripwire Interactive and more. Baldurs Gate 3 and Borderlands 3 also are making appearances.

The show is hosted by streamer Sean “Day[9]” Plott and esports presenter Frankie Ward.

Borderlands 3

Gearbox creative director Paul Sage talked up Moze, a gunner with a mech, flame thrower and a ton of other heavy weaponry. 

He also discussed grenades, because there are more than the last game. There are also shields, including one that extends if you duck. There are class mods that give you new skills and enhance what you have.

There are also artifacts that make changes to movement. One causes and explosion every time you slide.

Shenmue III

Yu Suzuki took to the stage to talk Shenmue III. 

“I want to say thank you for all the fans supporting me for the long 20 years,” he said through a translator. “The wait is nearly over.” Then he rolled a trailer.

In it, we saw Ryo Hazuki training in martial arts, as his master says others have become more opwerful. There were environmental shots of the city, as well as Ryo fighting a drunk wielding a bottle. He captures a little girl during a chase. The game comes November 19.

Evil Genius 2: World Domination

From UK developer Rebellion, Evil Genius 2 was the first game on stage. The trailer showed a number of playable classes, secret agents and nefarious traps. But a lack of gameplay footage made it hard to see what the game would looke like.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

We saw a violent trailer for Paradox’s Bloodlines 2, with a slightly blurry, dark look. Players need to keep themselves hidden from other vampires. Those vampires, of course, feed on human beings.  It’s coming in Q1 of 2020.

In some pre-alpha gameplay footage, we saw environmental shots, as well as the player’s first-person vampire powers, like hovering in flight. There’s also some knife fighting and combat, as well as releasing bats from your hands.

Starmancer

Chucklefish and Omnilux’s new game is about growing a space colony, expanding it and customizing it your way. The gameplay trailer we saw showed a number of customization options, as well as gardens to feed the colony. Of course, it’s not space without enemies, and there’s a battle system to fight them off. 

Chivalry II

Torn Banner and Tripwire have teamed up Chivalry II, a first person sword fighter. The trailer we saw showed bloody fights with brutal decapitation and armies fighting each other. It’s coming in 2020 to the Epic Games Stores.

The main game mode has teams raiding castles and sieging villages. “You’re burning houses, killing peasants,” one developer said.

The game will go up to 64 players and has horsebacks, which the first title didn’t.

The developers also suggested players will be drunk while playing and can beat others with chickens while quoting Shakespeare.

Songs of Conquest

Coffee Stain and Lava Potion’s trailer was largely atmospheric, showing off a lush forest environment with rivers, fires, towns and trees where the game takes place. A dark wizard sets the entire map black.

From there, the developers say, you create an animal and set them on an adventure. You upgrade your town and collect resources in an adventure/strategy game.

There are turn-based battles with your troops. You deploy them (they have stats) and you go turn-by-turn with enemies who come through.

The game isn’t coming until late 2020.

Valfaris

Big Sugar’s new game showed a massive side-scrolling run and gunner with a heavy metal sound track, massie creatures, fiery explosions and aliens galore. 

Remnant: From the Ashes

Perfect World and Gunfire Games showed off its co-op shooter, Remnant: From the Ashes, with evils taking over the world, including a number of hideous monsters. Those were showcased, including demons and massive wolves. We then saw some third-person, over the shoulder combat with the evils. The game is coming August 20 on PC, Xbox and PS4. Pre-orders can play the game on August 16.

Zombie Army 4: Dead War

From the makers of Sniper Elite 4, we saw Zombie Army 4: Dead War. We saw a cinematic trailer showing men with guns in a hellish warzone with lots of fire. A man on the ground is corned by zombies and takes them out with his gun  as a colleague comes and saves him. They escape a massive demon with a flame-thrower, and a guy with a sniper takes him out, resulting in an explosion of gore.

Yet another of our heroes has a gatling gun, and she makes a deistraction to get the team together. There’s more zombie combat, and teh team gathers up to face the entire horde. The gaming is coming in 2020.

Cristales

Modus Games’ “love letter to classic RPGs” showed off a distinctive art style that switches between that shows the past, present and future simultaneously. Learn from the past, make changes in the present and change the future. Those three times are split on screen to show you everything at once. It’s coming 2020.

AutoChess

AutoChess takes chess to a wild new level with odd pieces. The game, adapted from mobile, is being built on Unreal Engine 4 and will be on Epic Games Store. 

Mosaic

Our next trailer was bleak, showing a man standing in the rain playing a mobile game. We saw a busy city and the man swimming in the ocean. The game is called Mosaic and is coming in 2019.

Midnight Ghost Hunt

Coffee Stain’s new game showed Ghostbuster-like characters hunting for paranormal activity in a haunted house. They use a meter to find where ghosts are, blast out their proton packs and get to hunting. We saw a chair turn into a ghost behind a character, so clearly there will be some surprises. The first person game play footage showed household items being weaponized, and of course, ghosts being busted.

You can play as ghosts or hunters in a 4v4 game mode. The ghosts are actually hiding and try to stay hidden until the clock strikes midnight, but they can fight back against the hunters.

An alpha event will take place later in the summer.

Age of Wonders: Planetfall

We saw the turn-based strategy game, which includes massive mechs, dinosaurs with lasers and more. You can create a paradise or a vast military choice, your choice. There’s a massive stats trees for growth, including doctrines and technologies.

Battles could be as short as 2 to 3 minutes, but games at the end could be 20 minutes per side, the developers said.

The game will come out August 6th on PC and consoles.

Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy

Big Sugar’s sequel showed undersea exploration in the dark with a moody atmosphere, as well as brighter exploration in a forest-like area. There’s some combat in a top-down view, and a large game map with a forest, desert, winter mountain and more. It’s one of the more distinctive art-styles of the show, with a simple aesthetic with lots of colors and environments. 

Funcom Games

Mutant Year Zero: Seed of Evil, Conan Unconquered, Moons of Madness (Halloween 2019 release) all made very brief appearances in Funcom’s sizzle reel.

We also saw Conan Chop Chop, which originated as an April Fools’ joke but clearly isn’t. There’s roguelike elemens and a chibi-style art direction. Huge swords, lots of blood and massive beasts from Conan lore are all in there. It’ll come September 3, 2019 to PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

The Last Oasis

“We must move forward, or die beneath the sun.”

In this trailer, we saw a group trying to survive in a punishing desert, using sand-based pirate ships. They foraged in the occasional trees and grass and battled with other clans. We also saw vehicular-based. It’s coming September 3rd to Steam.

Griftlands

We saw the very cartoony turn-based fighter, TK, with beautiful 2D artwork.  The alpha is available July 11 on the Epic Games Stores.

Ancestors

Ancestors director Patrice Desilet’s game about human evolution will allow him to tell a wide-ranging story, he said. You play as our last common ancestor and explore, expand your territory and clan, evolve and eventually reach Lucy. The game comes out August 27.

No gameplay or trailers were shown.

Zoo Planet

The developers showed a gameplay video of Zoo Planet, with realistic looking animals like bears, zebras, elephants and wolves. The game lets you run a zoo, care for the animals, clean up after them and create habitats for the wildlife.

Developers said people who want to go the zoo will be educated, including about the welfare of animals and about conservation. It’s out Nov. 5 on Steam.

Per Aspera 

Raw Fury’s space game takes place in a world where we reached Mars. Now humanity is putting human minds in machines so they can build a home there. We didn’t see any gameplay, but it’s coming 2020 to Steam.

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