With E3 just around the corner, the first half of 2015 is winding to a close, but not before some blockbusters are released to start the summer off right.
Without further ado, here are the six games to look forward to in the sixth month of the year.
After the success of Broken Age, Double Fine Productions' second Kickstarter project to be released takes a step away from their familiar point-and-click adventures and steps into the realm of the turn-based strategy game. With over $1,000,000 of funding, Massive Chalice promises to be a tactical single-player experience featuring an innovative Bloodline system that allows the player to marry heroes together to produce children and pass down powerful weapons called Relics. Not unlike Darkest Dungeon on Steam Early Access, permadeath affects the heroes in Massive Chalice over the course of a 300-year war, reinforcing the need for long view strategy.
Get Massive on Windows, Mac, and Linux on June 1st, as well as Xbox Live Games with Gold for free during the month of June.
Heroes of the Storm
Blizzard Entertainment's next foray into the free-to-play arena brings together heroes from their many franchises and drops them into unique battlegrounds that shape the strategy of the matches. What started as a Starcraft mod at the start of the decade has become what Blizzard calls an online "Hero Brawler" with four fully customizable types of heroes: assassin, warrior, support, and specialist. Citing fast-paced team-based play, Blizzard looks to shake up a thriving genre with a new 5-versus-5 take.
Storm onto Windows and Mac on June 2nd.
With immersive sound design from the Australian rainforest, this non-combat, non-competitive, collaborative multiplayer game swaps out the intense action of common MMOs for a narrative based on nature. Each player begins as a giant tree with little understanding of anything, and can learn to shape shift through exploration of the world. The co-operative, explorative game utilizes a unique communication system called Rozhda, letting players draw glyphs with a mouse or a PS4 touch pad. Throughout this beautiful world, players will be able to walk, fly, swim, and skydive, allowing varied experiences of vast rain-forests and reefs.
Wander around Windows and PlayStation 4 on June 4th.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
Despite a largely mixed reception, The Elder Scrolls Online brings itself onto consoles in the form of Tamriel Unlimited with no game subscription required. With the power of the consoles, Tamriel Unlimited looks to be a promising adventure through the frozen peaks of Skyrim and the murky depths of Black Marsh. In addition to the four classes of Dragonknight, Templar, Nightblade, and Sorcerer, the variety of alliances ensures a unique multiplayer experience throughout the Alliance War as well as the saving of Tamriel itself.
Discover Tamriel on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on June 9th.
Lego Jurassic World
TT Games is at it once again, with its next video game adaptation employing animals of epic proportions: dinosaurs. Jurassic Park fans will be delighted that their favorite scenes and action sequences can be relived and recreated entirely in Lego form. In addition, players will be able to wreak havoc as 20 different dinosaurs and customize their very own dinosaur collection as they explore expansive Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna.
Experience Jurassic World on Windows, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, on June 12th.
Batman: Arkham Knight
The final installment in Rocksteady Studios' Arkham series looks to be the best one yet. The introduction of the Batmobile as a playable vehicle, the expansion of Gotham City, and the creation of an all-new character specifically for the video game suggests that Rocksteady is pulling out all the stops for their last go at the legendary Batman. Besides Batman, players will also be able to play as Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman using the Dual Play functionality while in Free Flow Combat. Downloadable content include Harley Quinn, Red Hood, and Batgirl as playable characters, story-driven missions, challenge maps, Batmobile racetracks, and skins.
Be the Batman on Windows, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on June 23rd.