Last year was the first time E3 brought the fans the PC Gaming Show. There was a lot of talk with developers with very little new information or actual announcements and at times, the gameplay footage would just be playing in the background. This year they kept the “talk show” host feel but focused more on actually bringing announcements and footage. While not every announcement was game breaking, it was improved upon from last year. Below we will take a look at some of those announcements from this years PC Gaming Show
Dawn of War 3
Dawn of War 3 brings together the base building of Dawn of War 1 with the powerful hero units of Dawn of War 2 to create a hybrid RTS that really stands out. In the gameplay footage above you can catch a glimpse of a mission in Dawn of War 3 on the planet Acaron which is covered in ice and fire. We also see the return of past heroes such as Gabriel Anderos and some new ones with Lady Celaria controlling the giant robot in the footage.
A few abilities we get a peek at are the space Marines and their “death from above” ability which is the drop pods you see coming out of the carrying them. The space Marines will also have an ability called “orbital bombardment” which is the space laser shown and it is controllable by the player and gets bigger in order to deal more damage, but moves at a slower rate. It was announced that more footage will be released on June 24th and can be found on their website.
ARK: Survival Evolved – Redwood Biome + Titanosaurus
Ark:Survival Evolved showed off a trailer for their next Biome, the Redwood. Here players will be able to build treetop bases and fly between platforms with tamed pterodactyls and grappling hooks. The largest showing (literally) was the Titanosaurus which will be featured in the Redwood Biome. This massive dinosaur will be the largest the game has released yet and will be big enough to build an entire village on. Taming these massive beasts will not be an easy task as tranquilizers will not work on them and it was said hitting them in the head with large objects will play a role. Perhaps the catapult will have a place in ARK with the introduction of the Titanosaurus.
Mods made by the community will also be coming on as official mods. The mod “Primitive Plus” will be added to the official servers this July and allows players to run a storefront and offers a deeper trade system. Egyptian developer Instinct Games is also working on an official mod called “ARK: Primal Survival“. This mod is going to allow players to play as any animal in the ARK universe. Depending on the animal you will be allowed to do different things such as mate,throw poo as a monkey, or raise a pack and try to gain control over other inhabitants of the island.
Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord
TaleWorlds sat down to discuss their prequel to Mount & Blade: Warband which has been in development for almost half a decade. They showed some gameplay footage and spoke about the community feedback of being more involved in Sieges. In Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord they took that feedback and have added fully controllable ballista’s as well as more destruction of the keeps so you get a more realistic feel when you break through a castle or keep. They have also incorporated death holes, boiling oil, and other medieval systems they found were used throughout history. The sieges are currently around 500 players with about 350 being on the attacker side and the remaining 150 being on defense. They are looking to possibly expand that size in the future. While no release date is set for Mount & Blade 2, it looks like TaleWorlds have done their homework to give the community what they want.
The Turing Test is a first person Sci-Fi puzzler that takes place on Europa, the sixth closest moon of Jupiter. The developers did research on what life would be like on Europa to get an idea of how they wanted to build the game. The objective is for anyone to be able to pick up Turing Test and be able to play and learn from the mechanics of the game. One of the biggest challenges they mentioned during the show was making certain areas functional while still maintaining the beauty of the game they were trying to capture. The original Turing test is a test, developed by Alan Turing in 1950, of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human. Turing Test is set to launch in August of 2016.
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