This year's PC Gaming Show show aired Sunday, June 13, beaming 39 new videos, game announcements, and interviews at the world from our new spaceship (and Frankie's new mech). You can watch the whole show above.
The 2021 PC Gaming Show featured (among a great many other things) a closer look at Dying Light 2, new stuff from New Blood Interactive (not including this Gloomwood video), a new trailer from Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong, a short appearance by Valve (yes, that Valve), and new content from studios including Frontier, Fellow Traveller, Tripwire Interactive, Humble Games, Ishtar Games, and Alawar Games.
Below, you'll find 2021 PC Gaming Show's trailers and segments as individual videos, in case you want to jump to a specific part of the show. There were some seriously cool-looking games. For our news coverage of everything at the show, including some deeper dives into what was shown, head to the PC Gaming Show 2021 news page.
A battle royale game that focuses on sword combat, martial arts acrobatics, and a grappling hook and climbing system that would make Breath of the Wild blush. There's also magical abilities, like the power to turn into a multi-armed demon. It features the biggest chainsaw we've ever seen, to boot.
Dodgeball is certainly making a comeback, as shown in this sports-infused adventure that mixes real-time combat and RPG skills, like kamehameha blasts that I'm pretty sure would disqualify you in IRL gym class. We scoped out details in the debut trailer, which appears to include 3v3 matches, boss fights, time trials, and more.
The limb-chopping medieval fighting sim is out now, but of course we can expect updates that add more ways for Frasier Brown to die giddily. During the PC Gaming Show, we got a look at the upcoming Galencourt map, which features a port city and cathedral filled with monks.
Imagine Splatoon, but with way more noodles and semi-nude dudes gliding around on unlimited broth. We got details on five different modes players can compete in, including "Team Meatball," which is like capture the flag, but with a giant meatball you roll around like in Katamari.
Dying Light 2
The zombie parkour sequel has been a long time coming, but we're still learning details about how the day/night cycle will change up your death-defying antics. Namely, zombies leave their indoor or underground lairs during the night, leaving them wide open for looters to come get valuable resources, if you don't succumb to your own infection first.
A 4X strategy game built to rival Civilization, but with a much bigger emphasis on multicultural influences. Your neighboring countries will obviously impact how your society grows and evolves, and different eras will offer different cultures to adopt societal traits from. Oh, and they put PC Gaming Show host Frankie Ward in the game.
They Always Run
What's better than an alien cyberpunk ninja cowbow? How about an alien cyberpunk ninja cowboy with three arms? The extra limb makes for some interesting combat, letting you throw bad guys, interact with the environment, and generally mercilessly hunt your bounties through handpainted environments.
Orcs Must Die 3
We learned that Orcs Must Die 3 is finally coming to Steam, having previously been exclusive to Stadia. The tower defense franchise gets rideable weapons, two-player online co-op, and "War Scenarios" that ramp up the scale of battles.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong
This Vampire: The Masquerade game was announced before Bloodlines 2, but it's finally emerged from the shadows with a new trailer focused on Leysha of the Malkavian clan. Swansong is is a third-person RPG that puts you in the shoes of vampires from different clans, each with their own feelings on that whole "hiding from humanity" business.
Finally, the kaiju brawler you've all been crying for since Destroy All Monsters. We got first details on this four-player brawler, including super-sizing powerups, environmental hazards like lava, and plenty of buildings to chuck. It even has an Ultraman knockoff.
A competitive FPS where you play a time-looping operator. Every 25 seconds, you respawn, but your old copies come back and rerun your previous actions. So if someone grenades your old operator, get your revenge on the next loop while your copies work towards completing objectives. Eat your heart out, Looper.
Next Space Rebels
Imagine Kerbal Space Program, but with an actual narrative focus thanks to FMV cutscenes detailing the journey of a fictitious rocket-building organization. The debut trailer gives us plenty of rockets big and small to attach teddy bears to.
From the team behind Northgard, Evoland, and Darksburg, you'll lead a band of mercenaries through a plague-ridden kingdom, balancing survival mechanics with management, and of course turn-based battles. There's no fantasy elements either, unless you count the plague turning folks into flesh-hungry crazies.
A space station management sim with big Frostpunk vibes. Earth is toast, and you're captaining a space ark, tasked with balancing all the logistical and emotional needs of your wards, who might throw you out of power.
Far: Changing Tides
The follow-up to Far: Lone Sails, this post-apocalypse adventure trades desert wastes for treacherous waters. During the show, we saw how the player character can explore well beyond the limits of the last game, climbing rickety towers, trek through abandoned cities, and more.
If the video thumbnail didn't give it away, this medieval management sim lets you focus on being a meddling matchmaker, with the financial concerns merely being a backdrop for your work as cupid. You'll match folks up based on their trait compatibilities, and if they hit it off, you'll get improved pawns for your kingdom down the line. Much like Crusader Kings 3, Lakeburg hopes to spur great tales of love and/or woe.
Killing Floor 2: Interstellar Insanity
The zombie shooter goes to the moon, with two new weekly outbreaks (Scavenger and Arachnophobia) new weapons, and low gravity.
MechWarrior 5 developer interview
Abzu meets Limbo in this spooky side-swimming adventure. Thankfully you're not entirely alone, as you can possess little sea creature to figure out puzzles and obstacles.
Hello Neighbor 2
We got a brand new trailer for the sequel to cult darling Hello Neighbor. Expanding the concept of the original, you'll explore a town where everything feels a bit... wrong... busting into multiple homes to uncover their sick secrets.
Jurassic World Evolution 2
Announced at the PC Gaming Show, this sequel brings back Frontier's brand of dinosaur-raising and park managing gameplay. With the next Jurassic World movie due out eventually, I wouldn't be surprised if we see some elements shared in the game. Hopefully Frontier has spruced things up in the wake of Planet Zoo's success.
New Blood teasers
Publisher New Blood collected a bunch of games we already knew about into a trailer, but included brief glimpses at five unannounced games in varying states of development. We've got a top-down shooter, a Fallout-style RPG, a car combat game, a creepy visual novel, and a first-person axe-swinger. Peep our interview with New Blood's CEO for the details.
This technically wasn't in the show, but we meant to include it. Don't be fooled by the low-polygonal art style. Gloomwood mixes immersive sim stealth mechanics with a dark occult vibe, and Morgan called the trailer the best thing he saw at E3
Despite having "souls" in the title, Soulstice isn't all Dark Souls inspired. Its combat is much more similar to that of a Platinum game. Developer Samuele Perseo says he was inspired by the 70's and 80's anime imported into Italy, and it shows when the protagonist swings a giant sword like Berserk's Guts.
Warhammer Chaos Gate
A new tactical RPG in the 40K universe, Daemonhunters lets you take over the Grey Knights, one of the Imperium's scariest factions, who as you might imagine hunt down anything—literally anything—corrupted by the Warp. We got a teaser trailer and one very cool factoid: It's being written by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, author of numerous (and I do mean numerous) 40K novels.
EVE Online Academy
EVE Online is a fascinating game, but certainly daunting to anyone who isn't a spreadsheet management wunderkind. Thankfully, CCP Games announced a new website designed to help new players take their first steps into space warfare.
An ambitious FPS that sports a ton of thematic similarities to Stalker, and evidently includes a campaign, a co-op adventure, and an MMO-like open world that blends encounters both scripted and emergent. We dig the retro Soviet aesthetic, armor and equipment customization, and literary influences.
Lumberhill is to tree-chopping what Overcooked was to onion-chopping. That wacky 4-player gameplay translates to pterodactyls abducting you, pandas rolling over you, and pirates scrubbing the deck with you... metaphorically. It's out now on Steam.
Leaving early access this August, Arboria is a dark fantasy roguelite where you dungeon dive as a mutant warrior looking for answers about their tribe. Expect lots of icky, squishy monsters and caves to plunge through.
There's no problem that can't be solved by throwing tiny aliens at it. This Honey, I Shrunk the Kids-style adventure blends 2D characters with oversized 3D environments, all wrapped up in a Pikmin-like package, and it's charming as heck.
The Left 4 Dead genre is having a renaissance, but do we talk enough about the Russian post-apocalypse shooter genre having its moment? Chernobylite leaves early access in July, and appears to be building towards a radioactive heist set in the infamous nuclear power plant. We got the first look in the new trailer.
Sacrifire combines Vagrant Story's RPG elements with Octopath Traveler's beautiful look. This Polish-made game wants to evoke the spirit of '90s JRPG classics without being weighed down by heaps of genre baggage. Thank goodness. Check out our huge interview with project lead Bartosz Łojewski to better understand what they're aiming for, and check out their Kickstarter.
A new survival game from the creator of DayZ and New Zealand's RocketWerkz. You'll play as some sort of astronaut rocketing down from space onto a new planet, build log cabins, watch them accidentally burn down, and shoot arrows at suspiciously large bears, mammoths, and wolves across different biomes.
Previously known as "Copper Dreams," this tactical CRPG draws inspiration from '80s action flicks like Terminator, Robocop, or Escape From New York. Check out our interview with the dev to see how they hope to make an isometric Deus Ex.
The Wandering Village
Everyone loves a city builder and dinosaurs, so why not combine the two? We got a new trailer for this societal strategy game where your hometown is constantly on the move, and you'll need to attend to the beast carrying you on its back as often as the villagers you build homes for.
"Gorepunk." It just feels nice to say. Blood, mud, and stomach bile are combined in pixel art for this open-ended RPG with real-time dialogue and brutal melee and ranged combat. Watch it all with a bucket by your side in the new trailer.
Songs of Conquest
This gorgeous strategy RPG combines isometric views with lush pixel art, and we finally have a release window and new gameplay above. You'll raise a kingdom and use your troops to get bigger magical powers, fight four different factions, and an in-game campaign creator.
Play as a "Sleeper" agent, forced to finish odd jobs on a bustling space station known as "The Eye," whenever you're not in a forced state of sleep. Citizen Sleeper combines dice roll mechanics (think Dicey Dungeons and Tharsis) with a sci-fi narrative where each day is a new chance to possibly...maybe...hopefully escape servitude.
Project Warlock 2
The original Project Warlock was a modernized, much flashier take on classic Doom and Wolfenstein gameplay. The sequel ramps everything up in scope and style, and promises to let players blend magic spells with guns much more effectively this time around.