Last week's E3 commotion coincided with a heatwave that rendered half the team papery husks by the end of it, drained of both water and opinions about trailers. But we bounced back, spending this week reflecting on all three Es. We discussed the biggest disappointments (opens in new tab) of the show, the mystery games we want to know more about (opens in new tab), and some of the hidden gems (opens in new tab) the on-site team uncovered.
There's also been plenty of news this week, as plans are clarified and (some of) our lingering questions are answered. Here's the week in PC gaming:
• EA calls loot boxes 'surprise mechanics' and compares them to Kinder Eggs (opens in new tab)
A bit of a weird defense given that Kinder Eggs were banned in the US.
• EA CEO says Anthem is 'not working very well' but vows to stick with it (opens in new tab)
Meanwhile, we're told again that Anthem's going to be just fine. We hope so, though right now it's hard to imagine playing it over Destiny 2, which is going free-to-play later this year.
• GTA Online's Diamond Casino and Resort will open later this summer (opens in new tab)
This has been a long time coming for GTA Online players. Hopefully we get some good Ocean's Eleven roleplaying going.
• Dota Underlords open beta is now live on Steam and mobile devices (opens in new tab)
Valve's take on the Auto Chess phenomenon is developed remarkably quickly, especially for Valve.
• Teamfight Tactics is now playable on the League of Legends PBE (opens in new tab)
Not to be outdone, Riot is also testing a LoL version of the new MOBA-goes-tactics genre.
• Dragons are appearing in Apex Legends (opens in new tab)
Naturally, the first thing everyone does when they see these majestic sky beasts is shoot them to death. Head here for more about Apex Legends season 2 (opens in new tab), which starts July 2.
• How Mordhau went from janky community project to the biggest melee brawler on PC (opens in new tab)
One of our favorite recent games came to be after a Chivalry: Medieval Warfare fan with no development experience began tinkering in Unity.
Cyberpunk 2077 corner
Last week, several of us saw a new Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay demo at E3, which James describes in detail here (opens in new tab). For more perspectives, check out Tim, Samuel, and Phil's chat about the Deus Ex-ness of the demo.
Sadly, those of us who weren't at E3 still can't watch the demonstration ourselves, but we did learn when we'll be able to: during PAX West at the end of August (opens in new tab). And that's just the start of this week's Cyberpunk news. There was so much, I just gave it its own section.
- Cyberpunk 2077 will have multiple endings, devs considering photo mode (opens in new tab)
- Cyberpunk 2077's vehicles will come when you call, just like Geralt's horse (opens in new tab)
- Don't spend $400 on a Cyberpunk 2077 jacket, CD Projekt Red says (opens in new tab)
- Cyberpunk 2077's character creation options won't be limited by gender (opens in new tab)
- Cyberpunk 2077 won't let you drive flying cars (boo) (opens in new tab)
- Cyberpunk 2077 won't just be set inside Night City (opens in new tab)
- Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith likes the game, doesn't like criticism of it (opens in new tab)
- CD Projekt plans Witcher 3-style expansions for Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab)
The Outer Worlds gameplay
Much of our coverage last week was dedicated to the big conferences from Microsoft and others, but the E3 Coliseum streams contained lots of reveals, too. In one segment, we got an extended look at Obsidian's next RPG, The Outer Worlds (opens in new tab), which you can watch below.
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection's first closed PC test starts next week (opens in new tab)
- Monster Hunter: World is adding an exciting dynamic difficulty system (opens in new tab)
- Tim Schafer says the Microsoft deal will let Double Fine stay 'experimental' (opens in new tab)
- Gears 5 won't have a season pass and DLC maps will be free (opens in new tab)
- Total War: Three Kingdoms' gore DLC includes 'equine dismemberment' (opens in new tab)
- Bungie announces big changes coming to Destiny 2's Eververse Store (opens in new tab)
- Larian teases a return of Minsc and Boo in Baldur's Gate 3 (opens in new tab)
- Fallout: New California is one update away from leaving beta (opens in new tab)
- World of Warcraft's next major update comes June 25 (opens in new tab)
- Our first glimpse of the Monster Hunter film surprisingly isn't terrible (opens in new tab)
Around the office
Every year, PC Gamer publishes its Top 100 list, featuring the best PC games to play today. This week, the meetings began. A panel of editors began by determining which new games should be added to the list, which also meant cutting some of the games that were on last year's list. It was a slaughter. Classics were excised from the spreadsheet with hardly a moment's hesitation. Entire genres were disparaged. There was a speech about the soul of adventure games. Feelings were hurt.
A lot of people faced some hard truths today. https://t.co/NkJBaeCPMHJune 20, 2019
The battle isn't over yet, but look for that list soon.
Meanwhile, Chris attempted to enforce and break the law in a game that will probably not appear on this year's Top 100, and ended up finding a guy who really loves his coffee.
This is really good coffee pic.twitter.com/EqE6to0tn3June 21, 2019
That's all for this week. May your Saturday morning coffee be as good as that guy's.
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