Zombie Army 4: Dead War
Rebellion’s blending the Nazi-killing action of Sniper Elite with Strange Brigade’s squad-based co-op in Zombie Army 4: Dead War.
Planet Coaster is one of my favorite builders of the last few years, next to Cities: Skylines. Thus I’m pretty damn excited to see Frontier pair another of the old park sims with its fantastic construction kit, this time rebuilding Zoo Tycoon as Planet Zoo. Don’t let the lions get out. (Or do.)
The legendary Yu Suzuki appeared at the PC Gaming Show to reveal Shenmue III’s latest trailer, which showcases some of the game’s atmosphere and story beats. The full game drops in November.
In Maneater, you basically play as Jaws. Tripwire calls it “GTA with sharks” and a progression system. That’s all I need to be intrigued. If you need a bit more, the trailer above introduces Scaly Pete, the game’s villainous fisherman.
Warframe showed up for its annual expansion reveal, and let me tell you, Warframe sure does make great trailers. There’s a full reveal planned for TennoCon on July 6, but Empyrean is set to add space combat to the game and allow players to explore the solar system, including a new Venus-set zone.
The latest game from the creators of Her Story, Telling Lies features the same basic gameplay format: You sift through FMV videos, searching for clues to the mystery at hand using a fake computer interface. It sounds silly, but Her Story was great, and Telling Lies expands the format to include video diaries instead of just police interrogations.
Watch Dogs Legion
Watch Dogs Legion sounds really ambitious. There’s no protagonist, per se. Instead, you recruit a pool of characters—any characters, any citizen in Legion’s post-Brexit London dystopia. Want to play Legion as a collection of old gun-wielding grandmas? Yeah, you can do that. And I will absolutely do that, because it sounds amazing. I’m a bit wary of how many guns I saw in the Legion trailer, because I think Watch Dogs is better when it focuses on stealth and hacking, but I’m interested nevertheless.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Ghost Recon Breakpoint looks much weirder than Ghost Recon Wildlands, with a legion of Dr. Doom soldiers to fight and a Terminator tie-in teaser. Hopefully that indicates a more interesting story and campaign. The first game leaned too hard on its expansive open world and impressive technology at the expense of the setting itself.
Rainbow Six Quarantine
A tactical co-op game built using the superb Rainbow Six Siege engine? Ubisoft didn’t reveal much more about Rainbow Six Quarantine, but since Siege is still the only shooter that truly feels next-gen, that’s enough to hook us. Expect the game to lean on the lessons learned in Siege’s short-lived Outbreak event, which had players teaming up to take down an alien infestation.
Gods & Monsters
Ubisoft teased Gods & Monsters at the end of its E3 showcase. Created by a team of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey developers, it escapes the reality-based shackles of that franchise to explore mythology in a much more stylized way. Hopefully we hear more about it soon.
After years of buildup, Crystal Dynamics finally unveiled its Avengers game. You'll have the capability to play as the Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, and Iron Man, both through a singleplayer campaign and online in co-op—a neat touch I wasn't expecting. And apparently Square will be adding superheroes and regions to the mix after the initial May 15, 2020 release, another aspect I didn't expect. Pretty neat though, and what little of the story we've seen looks like a better retelling of the Civil War storyline than the actual film managed.