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PC Gaming Show at E3 2018: What to expect

The wildest two to 12 hours of your life!

Presented once again by PC Gamer, the PC Gaming Show at E3 2018 promises to be something. The PC Gaming Show has traditionally been a bit odd at best and pretty terrible at its worst. But there are always some cool-looking indie games to see or some new hardware to ogle.

The PC Gaming Show starts this year on Monday, June 11, at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET. We don’t have an exact idea of how long it’ll run, but we do know that Sean “Day9” Plott will return as host.

Here’s the full list of presenters, according to PC Gamer (some presenters are being kept as surprises).

  • 505 Games
  • Chance Agency
  • Cloud Imperium Games
  • Coffee Stain Studios
  • Crytek
  • Digital Extremes
  • Double Fine
  • Drake’s Cakes
  • Frontier
  • Hi-Rez Studios
  • Klei Entertainment
  • Modern Storyteller
  • Oculus Rift
  • Raw Fury
  • Sega
  • Skydance Media
  • Starbreeze
  • Square Enix Ltd.
  • Stardock Entertainment
  • Team 17
  • TinyBuild
  • Tripwire Interactive
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505 Games

505 Games

505 is the publisher behind several of Starbreeze’s games, including Overkill’s The Walking Dead. So it’s entirely possible that 505 could be making an appearance to support one of their developers. However, 505 is also publishing Pillars of Eternity, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Indivisible, and Underworld Ascendant. 505 could be at the PC Gaming Show for any number of games this year, including representing currently unannounced titles.

Cloud Imperium

The developer behind Star Citizen is slated to show up at the PC Gaming Show. But like all things Star Citizen, don’t hold your breath if you’re looking for a release date. It’s likely that we could see some new gameplay or features announced. Maybe Mark Hamill could even show up? It’s hard to tell anything for sure when it comes to the most-funded Kickstarter project in history.

Crytek

Hunt: Showdown has taken a unique spot in the continually shrinking battle royale space, adding a mix of PvE into the PvP gameplay. The game is still in early access, but it’s being updated regularly. Expect some word on a new update or a potential release date out of early access.

Digital Extremes

The makers of Warframe will be there, and are likely to show off some new content for their star project. It’s about time we see another content drop for Warframe, and the PC Gaming Show seems like a likely stage to announce it on.

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Double Fine

Double Fine

Psychonauts 2 has been in the works for what feels like ages at this point, but it’s still coming sooner than later. The game’s VR spinoff, The Rhombus of Ruin, recently launched on Windows PC. Psychonauts 2 is still expected to release some time this year, so it’s possible we could see a release date or at least a gameplay trailer at the PC Gaming Show this year. As usual, we’ll probably see some Double Fine-published games as well, which the company refer to as “Double Fine Presents” projects.

Hi-Rez Studios

Paladins: Battlegrounds was announced earlier this year as the multiplayer shooter’s foray into the battle royale genre. Battlegrounds had a technical test earlier this year, but the studio decided to pull it back into active development only a few weeks later. Paladins: Battlegrounds has now released onto Steam as Realm Royale, so we’ll likely see even more of that at the show.

Klei

As usual, Klei is working on a lot of different projects at the moment. Their 2D survival game, Oxygen Not Included, is currently in early access on Steam. Hot Lava, a 3D parkour game, has been announced alongside some screenshots and a trailer. The same is true for Griftlands, an RPG. Both of these games, as well as Oxygen Not Included, could show up with updates, release dates, and more at the PC Gaming Show.

Sega

Sega has an existing game to bump and an upcoming game to hype at this year’s PC Gaming Show. Total War: Three Kingdoms will likely be shown, although it won’t release until next year. Total War: Warhammer 2 is still going strong after its release last year, and an expansion or update wouldn’t be too surprising to see. On a completely different note, Sega is currently working on Two Point Hospital, the spiritual successor to the beloved Theme Hospital. Expect to see a bit more on at least one of these two games.

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Oxygen Not Included
Klei

Skydance Media

Skydance Media is a strange inclusion on this list, as you might primarily recognize it as a movie studio. But Skydance also has an interactive branch that’s made Archangel, the mech battler, and PWND, the personality-driven arena shooter. While there aren’t any currently announced games on Skydance’s release slate, the PC Gaming Show could be the stage where they unveil a new project. However, Skydance has also worked on games like Gears of War 4 and has recently partnered with Tencent, so its inclusion in the PC Gaming Show lineup could simply be as a partner to an existing game.

Square Enix

Square Enix has its own press conference to worry about this year, so don’t expect much in terms of announcements from them at the PC Gaming Show. Instead, it’s far more likely that Square will send some presenters over to preview PC builds of its newly announced or showcased games, such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Square Enix will likely show off the PC version of Dragon Quest 11 as well.

Starbreeze

Starbreeze, the studio behind Dead by Daylight and Payday, will be at the PC Gaming Show — although it’s unknown what the studio will be showing. On its website, Starbreeze has a handy release schedule, which includes several in development products. Overkill’s The Walking Dead is almost guaranteed to show up at the PC Gaming Show, but we could see one of their other unknown games as well: Project Crossfire or Storm. Payday 3 could potentially show up, but it’s currently in the “Design Phase” according to Starbreeze.

Lots of indie games

It wouldn’t be the PC Gaming Show without lots and lots of smaller titles showing up on the big stage. Indie publishers like Raw Fury and Tiny Build will be in attendance at the show, so expect some announcements from both of these publishing houses. A new studio called Modern Storyteller will also be there, showing off a currently unannounced narrative title. As always, there are plenty of unannounced attendees too, most of which will likely fit into this category. We hope you like sizzle reels!

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