New PC Game Announcements At E3 2019: Baldur's Gate 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, And More
By Edmond Tran | @EdmondTran on
Ah, E3. Gamer Christmas. The epicenter of hype. Every year in June the Electronic Entertainment Expo rolls around and people who love video games furiously refresh their browsers for the biggest new game announcements. Now, while the show has traditionally been associated with consoles--the biggest conferences always revolve around Xbox, Nintendo, and Sony (who, significantly, isn't at E3 this year)--PC gamers most certainly have many things to be excited about this year.
Microsoft is ensuring that they maintain a strong focus on PC gamers, with all its first-party titles coming to PC, as well as introducing the Xbox Game Pass For PC. Third party publishers like Ubisoft, Activision, Square Enix, EA, and Bethesda will have all their biggest titles available on PC. And of course, the PC Gaming Show and the Devolver Digital press conference will showcase niche games on the platform.
There is so much stuff coming to PC that it's incredibly easy to miss something, even if you're following GameSpot's E3 coverage very closely. Thankfully, we had the great idea to compile all the new games announced at E3 you can look forward to playing on your PC in this list right here! Be sure to check back often as we update this feature in the coming days.
Peruse the titles, and leave a comment to let us know what games you're looking forward to playing on your PC at ultra graphics settings (but only at 1440p because you haven't updated your graphics card yet).
And to keep up with all the big news, hands-on previews, and gameplay videos, make sure you keep checking our E3 hub throughout the week.
Baldur's Gate III
Folks didn't think it would happen, but games are crazy. It's 2019, and we're actually getting Baldur's Gate III. What's even better news is that it's being developed by Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios. The game was announced ahead of the event at Google's Stadia E3 stream. According to Larian, "Baldur's Gate III will push the boundaries of the RPG genre and offer a rich narrative with unparalleled player freedom, high-stakes decisions, unique companion characters, and memorable combat. It is Larian Studios' biggest production ever and will be playable together with friends or as a single-player adventure."
Baldur's Gate III will release on PC and Google Stadia. There are no specifics on a release date yet, but given that Stadia is launching in November 2019, it's possible the game will come out before then. We'll probably hear more at E3 2019, most likely during The PC Gaming Show.
Release Date: TBA
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Activision and Infinity Ward released all kinds of information about this year's Call of Duty ahead of E3. We know it's Modern Warfare, but it's not a remake of the 2007 classic--it's a reimagining of that game, geared at being more "relevant" to the current world we live in. While we haven't seen much in the way of multiplayer, we know about two big developments on that front already: First, Modern Warfare will support cross-play between Xbox One, PS4, and PC, so you can play with anyone regardless of their platform. Second, Call of Duty is doing away with the season pass format of selling post-release content, and all multiplayer maps released after the game's launch on October 25 will be free to all players.
On the campaign side (yes, single-player campaigns are back in Call of Duty), Infinity Ward has said it's looking to make a game that asks players how far they're willing to go in a modern war that doesn't have defined battlefields or easily identifiable combatants. It's looking to explore the moral gray area of conflicts, and while you'll fight alongside at least one returning character--Captain Price--you'll also join rebel fighters in a fictional Middle Eastern coverage. You can read everything we've learned about Modern Warfare so far, and you might also check out our interview with studio narrative director Taylor Kurosaki about what Infinity Ward is trying to achieve with the game's story.
Release Date: October 25, 2019
Darksiders fans probably might be thrown off guard by Darksiders Genesis. A series spin-off, the upcoming Diablo-style action-RPG is a prequel story to the entire franchise. It allows you to play as all four of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, meaning for the first time in the series' history you'll get to play as the gunslinging Horsemen, Strife.
The most exciting news about Darksiders Genesis, however, is it's made by Airship Syndicate, a studio founded and lead by former series artist Joe Madureira, who is responsible for the well-received Battlechasers: Nightwar.
Release Date: TBA
Destroy All Humans!
Another unexpected remake was announced at E3 2019. This time it's for the sixth-generation alien action game Destroy All Humans. The self-aware open-world action game is set in the 1950s and puts you in control Crypto-137, an invader tasked with taking of Earth. As in the original, you'll pilot a flying saucer, pose as humans, and utilize a wacky arsenal of powers and weapons, such as psychokinesis and...an anal probe gun.
Release Date: TBA 2020
EA's FIFA 20 is looking to introduce new changes that elevate its faithful recreation of association football. This time around, there's a larger emphasis and incentive on manual defending, as opposed to allowing an AI to dictate the defense for you. Shooting is also getting a slight revamp, with attackers given greater accuracy. EA says that lots of work is being done on making passing and shooting more realistic. Of course, this is only the beginning of the adjustments and surprises are in store in the latest FIFA, so stay tuned as the show goes on as we hear more.
Release Date: September 27, 2019
Outriders is an upcoming new game from Square Enix, which was teased via the company's social channels earlier this week. Not much is known about the game, but we're primed to hear more during the Square Enix's E3 2019 press conference. Currently, all we have to go by is a brief teaser simply showing a mysterious figure asleep in a cryo-chamber, with red alarms sounding in the background. The figure gasps awake and then stares ahead with not much more clue of the circumstances befallen them.
Release Date: TBA
Spongebob: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated
Spongebob: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated is an upcoming remake of the 2003 licensed platformer of the same name. Much like Activision's work on the Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon remakes, Battle for Bikini Bottom will have completely redone visuals, textures, and character models. Also, it will feature a new multiplayer mode and new content cut from the original.
Release Date: TBA 2020
Watch Dogs Legion
Watch Dogs Legion is the latest game in Ubisoft's hacker-centric open-world franchise. Following a retail leak, Ubisoft officially confirmed the game via Twitter. According to an early Amazon UK product description, Watch Dogs Legion takes place in a near-future, dystopian version of London, saying: "It's a post-Brexit world in which society, politics, and technology have changed and altered London's fortunes." However, one of the most interesting elements this time is the ability to play any NPC you encounter in the world. There's still more to learn about the game, but Ubisoft has confirmed that it will give us more information at its upcoming press conference.
Release Date: TBA