Recap: PC Gaming Show (June 12, 2022)

Lots of filler with a handful of gems.

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PC Gaming Show 2022

Our second and final recap of the day is for the PC Gaming Show. It’s shown Sam Barlow titles in the past so I’m really hoping to see more Immortality, even if we did see a good amount of it during the Tribeca Games Spotlight. One thing I know for certain is that we’ll be seeing a brand new title from 11 bit studios, the developer/publisher that is perhaps best known for This War of Mine. Everything you see here will be coming to PC, if anything else is mentioned I will make note.

I’m not going to lie, I was extremely disappointed with this showcase. There are very few games of interest, making the highlights stand out that much more. It’s a lot of the same thing, over and over (generally, shooty-shooty). Also, two hours is way too long. And hour and a half is even tough. 30-60 minutes is a sweet spot.

Game Highlights

Soulstice

This just looks incredible. I think it may be the colours that really stand out to me, which does sound like me. The goal in Soulstice is to uncover the dark truth of the Chimera, a hybrid warrior born of two souls. Briar and Lute are sisters, reborn as a Chimera. They are the only ones who can take on the Wraiths, vile creatures who are pouring into the world from the other side of the Veil. As they fight to get ahead, the surroundings become twisted and hostile. There’s a diverse, combo-based combat system with an array of weapons and customisation options. Soulstice will be released on September 20.

The Invincible

The Invincible is based on a novel of the same name. It is developer by Starward Games and published by 11 bit studios, and this is the first look at its gameplay. It’s a first-person game. A vehicle comes up on a convoy’s area, which has a raising radiation level. Our protagonist, Yasna, locates an anti-matter canon, which is unfortunately dead. But wait… someone’s here… oh, it’s a dead someone. Again, unfortunately. But what has Yasna stumbled upon, exactly? She turns on the recorder and sees what happened to the deceased team: they got through a wall with a beam of antimatter. It’s a really big hole, too. The trees are all fruitless. There’s a robot that started a task but has gotten looped into it, so it’s just going in circles. Until… it’s randomly gone. So let’s follow the robot! An antimatter machine awakens, and blasts the robot. Oh-oh… it sees Yasna…

The Alters

This is a new game by 11 bit studios (this one is developed by the studio). The Alters sends us to the deepest, darkest place in space and promises an existential crisis (uh-oh). This looks so good I almost thought it was an FMV game at first, but alas, it is not. One can only wish. You wake up… somewhere. And down a dark hall is a bunch of people looking at… the dead you. And the people? They’re all you too. That’s actually kinda messed up. I’m extremely interested. Bravo, 11 bit studios! The goal is to survive and find your way back home, but the only way to do so is create alters. They’re necessary for survival and escape.

Decarnation

The art makes Decarnation look all happy and innocent. But it’s not: it is a retro dream horror story-rich adventure game. It’s filled with puzzles, disturbing enemies, dreams, and nightmares. You’ll be facing the most terrifying parts of your soul… It’s set both in the real and metaphorical worlds, both containing its own monsters. And yes, Lovecraft was an inspiration! Decarnation will be released in 2023.

Immortality

Much like Ooblets, I’m always happy to talk about the next game from Sam Barlow’s studio, Half Mermaids: Immortality. Look through old video footage. Click on a person or an object, and be taken to that person/thing in another scene. Uncover lost memories to discover the truth of what happened to Marissa Marcel. This is an FMV game, something which Sam Barlow has become much loved for. He’s compiled a phenomenal team, and I can only image how great this will be after Telling Lies. Immortality will be released on July 26.

Farthest Frontier

This reminds me of The Oregon Trail a bit, at least the way the trailer goes. But it’s not about the journey, it’s about the destination. Forge a town in untamed wilderness at the edge of the known world. Players will need to harvest raw materials, hunt, fish, and farm. Then craft items to trade, consume, equip, and fight. The battle is not only against the elements: it’s also against outside threats.

The full list of games

  • Soulstice (September 20, 2022)
  • RotWorld
  • Tactical Breach Wizards
  • The Invincible
  • Endless Dungeon
  • F1 Manager 2022 (August 25)
  • Chivalry 2: Tenosian Invation update
  • Deceive Inc. (early 2023, also coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series)
  • Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn (early 2023, also coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, and Xbox One)
  • The Alters
  • Potion Craft (leaving Early Access in Q4 2022)
  • Animal Royale: Season 4
  • Nitro Kid
  • Mahokenshi (2023)
  • Killing Floor 2: Tidal Terror update
  • Arma 4
  • Dune: Spice Wars
  • Northgard: expansion
  • WarTales: cooperative update
  • Abyssals (2023)
  • Decarnation (2023)
  • I Am Future
  • Great Houses of Calderia
  • Jurassic World: Evolution 2 – The Dominion Biosyn Expansion (June 14)
  • System Shock (also coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, and Xbox One)
  • Falling Frontier
  • Super People (Early Access)
  • Immortality (July 26, 2022)
  • Welcome to Nivalis
  • Demonschool (2023, also coming to PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox)
  • Scorn (October 21, 2022, also coming to Xbox Series)
  • Warhammer 40k: Space Marine 2
  • Agent 64: Spies Never Die (2022)
  • Deliver Us Mars (September 27, 2022, also coming to PlayStation and Xbox)
  • Stormgate
  • Laysara: Summit Kingdom (Q1 2023)
  • Frozen Flame (Q4 2022)
  • Victoria 3 (2022)
  • Amid Evil: The Black Labyrinth
  • Ultrakill: Act 2
  • Faith: The Unholy Trinity
  • Fallen Aces
  • Dusk HD: update
  • Gloomwood
  • Backfirewall (2022, also coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, and Xbox One)
  • Norland
  • Them’s Fighting Herds: Version 3.0
  • Core Keeper: Sunken Sea update (June 15)
  • Synergy
  • Icarus: Styx Map Pack update
  • Half-Life: Alyx – Levitation mod (2022)

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Lindsay M. is the News Editor at DDnet. She's been writing about games for 20 years, and has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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