PC Gaming Show Overview

PC Gaming Show Overview

By  Luke Greenfield - 13th Jun 2022

With a ton of game announcements and updates, find out what the PC Gaming Show 2022 was all about!

PC Gaming Show Overview

PC Gaming Show is one of the more popular streamed gaming events of the year, credited to the combination of a multi-year meta-narrative, interviews with the developers, and an incredible repertoire of games on display, both indie and Triple AAA. How many games exactly? Come with us, and hosts Sean Plott & Mica Burton on this journey and find out!

Soulstice

Soulstice

20th September 2022 - PC, Xbox X|S, PS5

Opening us up to the two-hour presentation was this action-adventure/RPG from Modus Games and Reply Games Studios. Play as sisters Briar and Lute in this hack ’n’ slash world as they battle against ‘Wraiths’ — feral and powerful creatures that have taken to tearing apart the Holy Kingdom of Keidas.

Rotwood

Rotwood

Early Access 202X - PC

From independent studio Klei Entertainment came this cartoony hack ’n’ slash title. Outside of some gameplay and cinematic showcases, nothing much extra was shown about the roguelike dungeon crawlerRotwood, other than the fact that it will be launching in Early Access in ‘202?’, so we can expect to see more information on the title within the decade.

Tactical Breach Wizards

Tactical Breach Wizards

TBA - PC

From the developers of Gunpoint and Heat Signature comes a brand new turn-based isometric combat experience. Tactical Breach Wizards is what looks like a marriage of turn-based tactical gunplay and minor RPG elements such as dialogue trees and unique characters who you can spec how you like, complete with superpowers and a rewind ability should your attempts of heroism end in disaster.

The Invincible

The Invincible

2022 - PC, Xbox X|S, PS5, Xbox One

We were not only treated to a new look at interstellar adventure gameplay, but we also got a world's-first look at the kind of gameplay we can expect in The Invincible! From independent studio Starward Industries, The Invincible gives a feeling reminiscent of the 2016 adventure game Firewatch, complete with walky-talky-aided communication and a sarcastic voice on the other end. 

Endless Dungeon

Endless Dungeon

12th June (OpenDev) - PC, Xbox X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4

This one opened up with a robotic cowboy, so you know it’s gonna be good. Isometric shoot-em-up with friends against hordes of aliens and robots alike. This trailer advertised the opportunity to be among the first to try their hand at the upcoming title by going over to opendev.endlessdungeon.game.

F1 Manager 2022

F1 Manager 2022

25th August 2022 -  PC, Xbox X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4

Putting players into the position of Team Principal, F1 Manager 2022 is a brand new IP based upon the Formula One sport and puts players into the unique position of managing their racers rather than controlling them. Make long-term game plans, as well as react to dynamic developments on the course ranging from weather conditions to car accidents.

Chivalry 2

Chivalry 2

Out Now - PC, Xbox X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4

As Chivalry 2 is already out, developer Torn Banner Studios took to PC Gaming Show to show off their upcoming content update — their biggest one yet. This brand new update brings players to an all-new locale with the desert map, as well as the major introduction of horses and the highly-requested feature for mounted combat.

Deceive Inc.

Deceive Inc.

Early 2023 - PC, Xbox X|S, PS5, Xbox One

Deceive Inc. is a social-deduction game with a unique twist — all players are ultimately working towards the same goal. Players will be given an objective and have to compete against other operatives in order to accomplish them first. Blend in among the crowd — or as a plant pot if you so desire — but you can’t waste too much time otherwise your objective will be swiped out from under your nose!

Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn

Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn

Early 2023 - PC, Xbox X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4

An action-RPG from the team behind Ashen, Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn is an explosive title where gods and guns collide in spectacular fashion. Slash apart hordes of undead, simply shoot them out of the sky, or use your otherworldly physical prowess to seek out evil and socially distance their heads from their bodies — it even comes with a magical pet fox companion called Inky!

The Alters

The Alters

TBA - PC

From 11 bit Studios, creators of This World of Mine, comes the next game they plan to make us cry with. Set in a cyberpunk-esque world, our brief peek at The Alters granted us a cinematic look at a twisted interstellar society where our unfortunate and confused focal character, Jan, awakes to find himself surrounded by copies of himself. 

Outriders - Worldslayer

Outriders - Worldslayer

30th June 2022 - PC, Xbox X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4

Much like Chivalry 2, the showcase given to Outriders was to highlight a content update; the first expansion for the game, Outriders Worldslayer. Outside of that, details on Worldslayer are scarce, but we do know it aims to expand upon the endgame content and introduce various new classes for players to try.

Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator

Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator

Out Now (Early Access) - PC

Taking over the torch passed to them by Outriders, our look at Potion Craft was to highlight new changes arriving in an upcoming content update. More potions, new characters and classes, a reputation system, as well as reworks to some game mechanics such as haggling and more. We weren’t given a release date for this update, but we do now know that the plan is for the game to leave Early Access in Fall 2022.

Super Animal Royale

Super Animal Royale

Out Now - PC, Xbox X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch

Again continuing the trend of game updates, Super Animal Royale is also celebrating a dose of new content for its players to digest. Take control of cute little animals and make them shoot each other to death in this top-down battle royale title when Season 4 begins on 28th June 2022.

Nitro Kid

Nitro Kid

TBA - PC

Bringing us back to upcoming new releases came Nitro Kid, a neon-80s cyberpunk aesthetic set to a genuinely enjoyable soundtrack. Nitro Kid featured both a cinematic and gameplay experience that showcased the title’s grid-based gameplay and roguelike, deck building elements.

Mahokenshi

Mahokenshi

2023 - PC

Why wield just swords or magic, when you can master both? Mahokenshi is a deckbuilder-meets-turn-based-strategy fantasy game which allows you to do exactly that! Take your place as leader of one of the four samurai houses and defend the land against demons who would aim to destroy it.

Killing Floor 2 : Tidal Terror

Killing Floor 2 : Tidal Terror

Out Now - PC, Xbox One, PS4

Once again providing for fans of the game, Tripwire Interactive took to PC Gaming Show to unveil the upcoming update for their zombie survival shooter Killing Floor 2. The update ‘Tidal Terror’ will bring a new map, new weapons ranging from the mundane to the mystical, as well as new cosmetics and weekly challenges. The update is available as of 14th June 2022.

Arma 4

Arma 4

TBA - PC

To say that Arma has had a strong influence on the gaming industry would be an understatement. Arma 2 alone can arguably be credited for pioneering the modern survival genre with mods such as DayZ, as well as the battle royale genre which saw a global explosion of popularity in the years following. Wanting to make sure that the series stays up to this innovative standard, developer Bohemia took to PC Gaming Show to talk with Sean Plott about their plans for Arma 4.

Shiro Games Overview

Shiro Games Overview

Rapid-fire game showcase

Hot on the heels of Bohemia Interactive, Shiro Games gave us a quickfire overhaul of their future games roadmap and what they had planned. 

  • Dune: Spice Wars, currently in Early Access, is receiving a co-op and competitive multiplayer mode.
  • Northgard is receiving a new expansion, telling a new chapter in its story, aiming to be set after the end of the first campaign and describing the events of a post-Ragnarok world.
  • Much like Dune: Spice Wars, Wartales is a strategy title from Shiro Games that is also receiving a co-op mode this summer.
  • We learned that two new titles are coming from Shiro Unlimited, their new publishing label. The first of these being Abyssals, a sci-fi city builder title telling the tale of a juvenile civilisation beneath the sea.
  • The second new title closed off Shiro Games’ stint: Decarnation, where a dark story hides behind the pixel art style of this 2D horror title.

I Am Future

I Am Future

2022 - PC

With tinyBuild taking the reins, we took a brief look at this surprisingly colourful post-apocalyptic survival sim that follows the tale of a man accidentally awoken from cryosleep much to soon, resulting in him coming into a desolate world that he will do his damn hardest to make the most of. 

Great Houses of Calderia

Great Houses of Calderia

Q3 2023 - PC

An upcoming generational fantasy game set in the fictional world of Calderia, Great Houses of Calderia will task its players with not only being a ruler to the land of Calderia, but to also manage their family. Players will have to keep their line alive and manage its members over multiple generations like a ghost that won’t stop babysitting them.

Jurassic World Evolution 2: Dominion Biosyn

Jurassic World Evolution 2: Dominion Biosyn

14th June 2022 - PC, Xbox X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4

We heard you like dinosaurs, so we put more dinosaurs into your dinosaurs. Dominion Biosyn, the newest upcoming expansion for the reptilian simulation title Jurassic World Evolution 2, allows players to reunite with beloved characters from the movies in a new campaign mode.

System Shock

System Shock

2022 - PC, Xbox X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4

The trailer for System Shock came as quite a 'shock' to some viewers, a franchise that inspired many other successful franchises such as Deus Ex and BioShock, and is a series that has been relatively quiet for a very long time now. System Shock is a remake of the 1994 cult classic and one that looks to remind people what made the original game such a staple of the industry.

Falling Frontier

Falling Frontier

2022 - PC

We were shown ‘The Forge’, a space station deep within Titan-controlled space, in the trailer for Falling Frontier, a sci-fi RTS that aims to put a heavy emphasis on ship design, recon, and logistics. The cinematic trailer alone looks to sow the seeds of lore that will be present within the galactic RTS that tells the story of the aftermath of a war between Mars and Titan.

Super People

Super People

2022 - PC

Already seen previously in Summer Games Fest, we were given another look at the upcoming battle royale Super People. With the gimmick of controlling super-powered individuals amid a war-torn battle royale environment, fans of that concept can join the game’s final open beta on 17th August 2022.

Immortality

Immortality

2022 - PC, Xbox X|S, Xbox One

Seen earlier in the event through the Tribeca Games Showcase, the showcase of Immortality seen in PC Gaming Show showed us more of the interactive movie trilogy that tells the story of Marissa Marcel, an actress who made three movies that were never released before mysteriously disappearing. These movies have managed to fall into the possession of our player, and through analysis of them they may be able to unravel the mystery of what befell her.

Nivalis

Nivalis

TBA - PC

A game from Ion Lands and 505 Games, Nivalis showed us a dystopian cyberpunk world through a cartoonish lens. Nivalis lets players manage their own business and rise up the ranks in the city of Nivalis, where anything is possible… or so they say.

Demonschool

Demonschool

2023 - PC, Xbox X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch

If you’ve ever longed to return to high school and fight legions of demons, then look no further than Demonschool, a Persona-inspired tactical RPG where demons have invaded the otherwise peaceful school. 

Scorn

Scorn

22nd October 2022 - PC

By independent studio Ebb Software, Scorn is a game that we had a sneak peek at during the Xbox & Bethesda event. Doug Bradley joins us as he narrates over gameplay and cinematic footage from the horror title. With a visual aesthetic that looks like a love letter to Prey (2006), complete with biomechanical contraptions, entire locales that almost look alive and grotesque amalgamations that roam the halls.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2

TBA - PC, Xbox X|S, PS5

We were treated to an interview with Tim Willits, Chief Creative Officer of Saber Interactive, as he excitedly shared his vision for the next Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine game, after nearly a decade since the previous entry. This then transitioned to Oliver Hollis-Leick, who went on to a deeper dive of the lore behind the Space Marines, and how they plan to integrate this into their game.

Agent 64: Spies Never Die

Agent 64: Spies Never Die

2022 - PC

From the hands and minds at independent studio Replicant D6 comes a brief gameplay showcase for Agent 64: Spies Never Die, a retro-FPS inspired by classic 90s shooters such as GoldenEye.

Deliver Us Mars

Deliver Us Mars

27th September 2022 - PC, Xbox X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4

Videogames sure do love sending us to space, don’t they? The allure of the unknown — and to explore it — is a pull that many of us feel, and that allure is something that developer KeokeN Interactive looks to hook us in with in Deliver Us Mars, a story-driven sci-fi adventure that follows Kathy Johannson, Earth’s youngest astronaut.

Stormgate

Stormgate

2023 - Platforms

The highly anticipated RTS game from independent team Frost Giant Studios, who themselves are comprised of former developers for series such as Starcraft and Warcraft, the showcase of Stormgate gave us an insight into the development behind the upcoming post-apocalyptic RTS, as well as a first look at what to expect from the game.

Laysara: Summit Kingdom

Laysara: Summit Kingdom

Q1 2023  - PC

After a stellar segue courtesy of the PC Gaming Show host Sean Plott, we were shown an exclusive look at upcoming civilisation simulatorLaysara: Summit Kingdom. Players construct a sprawling village surrounding a mountain, where the view is to die for, and the falling snow and rocks might just make that happen.

Frozen Flame

Frozen Flame

September 2022 - PC

Survival games are only exploding with popularity year after year, and Frozen Flame is a product of such a boom. Set in the vast and ancient world of Arсana, players will be able to explore this mystical land and survive its harsh conditions with the aid of both their tools and a myriad of magical abilities that they will be able to wield. 

Victoria 3

Victoria 3

2022 - PC

Next up, we had a world premiere look at Victoria 3, a long-awaited sequel to the Victoria series by Paradox Interactive that has gone untouched for nearly a decade now. In this gameplay debut, we got to see just how it will be to grab the reins of a budding, young society starting in 1836 and take charge of the industrial revolution that follows, witnessing first-hand all the changes this technological boom brought to our society.

New Blood Showcase

New Blood Showcase

Rapid-fire game showcase

Upon seeing the Shiro Games showcase, New Blood was not one to be outdone and gave us a rapid-fire display of game trailers.

  • AMID EVIL - The Black Labyrinth — Take up arms in the upcoming DLC for this Doom-inspired retro-shooter!
  • ULTRAKILL — Another retro-inspired shooter, battle and grapple your way through the second act in ULTRAKILL.
  • FAITH: The Unholy Trinity - When asking yourself if it’s what Jesus would do, just assume that whatever our young priest is about to do in this 8-bit adventure would not be approved of.
  • Fallen Aces — A gritty crime FPS that combines 2D elements into a 3D world, and then lets you beat them to death.
  • DUSK HD — Following the pattern of retro shooters, Dusk is receiving a HD makeover for players who want to remix their gaming experience.
  • Gloomwood — After PC Gamer apparently just forgot to show this title in previous years, New Blood came in with a vengeance and a grudge, adamant to show off their stealth-combat horror game set within dark woods and mysterious caves.
  • Closing this off, we received reassurance that they are working on a top-down shooter, a Fallout-style RPG, and a car combat game. Three different games. Not one very bizarre one. 

backfirewall_

backfirewall_

2022 - PC, Xbox X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch

Now that New Blood had satiated my ADHD’s desire for quick-fire content, we were shown a cyberpunk-esque puzzle game that revolved around an outdated and glitchy OS. Other than a brief conversation with a quirky AI eyeball, we got very little information about this title, but hopefully, that will change in the coming months. 

Norland

Norland

Fall 2022 - PC

A medieval kingdom simulator brought to us by independent studio Long Jaunt Games, Norland tasks players with managing their own noble family, and in turn, managing the city that they rule over. Much like real people, however, they are liable to getting into violent fights with each other and disagreeing with your rule, so measures will need to be made to defend yourself and your family on such occasions.

Them’s Fightin’ Herds

Them’s Fightin’ Herds

Out Now - PC, Xbox X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch

If regular fighting games simply don’t do it for you anymore, you might want to try your hand at Them’s Fightin’ Herds, the fighting game where you control one of two farm animals that decide to settle their disputes the good ol’ fashioned way. You’ll be just in time, too, as a brand new update has just landed for the game, introducing brand-new super moves and balance changes.

Core Keeper

Core Keeper

15th June 2022 - PC

Providing some much-needed downtime after watching two ponies punching each other, we were shown Core Keeper, a sandbox-adventure title that puts players into the shoes of an explorer who has awoken in a mysterious ancient cavern. Drawn towards an ancient relic, they continue to venture into the unknown depths below.

Farthest Frontier

Farthest Frontier

2022 - PC Early Access

You know the tale: an old city, a ruling class that cares little for its inhabitants, and nobles that gorge on their fancies whilst families starve. Farthest Frontier tells the story of a group that had enough, venturing out of the city walls to make a life for themselves. In Farthest Frontier, you will guide this life for them.

Synergy

Synergy

TBA - PC

Nearing the end of the show, we got a world premiere for Synergy. Not the old Half-Life mod, but rather a survival simulator brought to us by independent studio Goblinz Publishing. Manage your people as they face the extreme weather and natural disasters whilst also having the option to attend to the physical and mental needs of your inhabitants.

ICARUS: Styx Map & Missions Pack

ICARUS: Styx Map & Missions Pack

Out Now - PC

Wasting no time after Synergy came ICARUS, a PvE survival game from independent studio RocketWerkz. This trailer was a showcase for the Styx Map & Missions Pack, a free DLC that has recently dropped for ICARUS that adds a plethora of new content for players to jump into with their friends.

Half-Life: Alyx - Levitation mod

Half-Life: Alyx - Levitation mod

Q3 2022 - PC

Finally, the star of the show that PC Gamer wasted no time in building anticipation for, we closed up with exclusive gameplay footage for Half-Life: Alyx - Levitation, an ambitious fan-made mod that contains up to 4-5 hours of content and continues on where the original Half-Life: Alyx left off. With Alyx locating a group of rebels that have gone rogue, players will have yet another chance to explore the decaying City 17 in all of its virtual splendour.

PC Gaming Show 2022 was definitely the most refined version of the show that we’ve seen so far; cutting away the chaff that has previously been met with disdain in previous years, namely the inclusion of their meta-narrative. They replaced these sections with an onslaught of informative, interesting and innovative game trailers that show us, once again, that the future of gaming is bright.



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