The biggest news from E3’s PC Gaming Show
Get tactical with new games, new old games, and new DLC coming to the PC.
Unless you're a real early riser, you probably didn't catch the PC Gaming Show at E3 this morning. Taking place at the cheery time of 2:15 am here in Australia, the show focused on all things PC and revealed a number of new games along with fresh glimpses of previously-announced titles. Here are the highlights:
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
Tough-as-nails turn-based strategy game XCOM 2 will be getting even more brutal later this year with the War of the Chosen expansion. Players will need to unite Earth's disparate resistance factions in order to fight a new alien threat: the Chosen.
Along with the new story, War of the Chosen will expand XCOM 2 with more unit types, missions, and environments.
Harebrained Schemes dropped some details on the single-player component of its mech-battling turn-based tactics game BattleTech. In the trailer, we see how the campaign will centre on your massive ship the Argo from which you'll be able to pick mercenary contracts to take on across a number of different star systems. The Argo features multiple stations including a Mech Bay where you'll be able to customise your mechs before taking them into battle.
A second trailer offered a closer look at the tactical battles themselves, showing off both close combat and long-range artillery fire.
BattleTech is currently running a closed beta available only to backers of its Kickstarter. The game is due to come out some time later this year.
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition
Age of Empires is chiselling its way back onto PC 20 years after it first released. Remastered in 4K with completely redesigned assets, a modern user interface, and a re-recorded soundtrack, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will include all the civilisations from the original game along with those added in the Rise of Rome expansion.
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will release on PC later this year.
Klei Entertainment, the studio behind Don't Starve, Mark of the Ninja, and Invisible Inc. revealed its next project as Griftlands, a turn-based RPG where negotiation is just as powerful a weapon as any gun or sword. The game showcases the gorgeous hand-drawn art style Klei is known for, and looks to combine elements of fantasy and sci-fi into its 2D world.
Griftlands is set to launch on PC in late 2017/early 2018.
Player Unknown's Battlegrounds
In news that is sure to please the millions of battle-royale fans out there, Player Unknown's Battlegrounds will be giving players a slew of new tactical options with the addition of a dynamic movement system. Players will be able to climb and vault over walls, cars, and even buildings as they fight to survive, adding a new layer of strategy to the game and undoubtedly leading to plenty more wacky GIFs of crazy kills and ludicrous escapes.
There'll also be two new maps coming to the game, with one taking place in a small urban environment in the middle of a desert and the other covering a large island in the Adriatic Sea. A replay system is also in the works, allowing for players to analyse past games from any angle they wish.
Player Unknown's Battlegrounds is in Early Access on PC and will be coming to Xbox One later this year.
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