E3 2019 is only a few days away, but before we learn about a bunch of hot new games launching over the coming months, we have to take a look at June. The new month is full of big names like the goblin-filled Warhammer: Chaosbane, the high-octane Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, and the fully customizable Super Mario Maker 2. There's also a pair of action-packed games out of Japan, Judgment and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.
Warhammer: Chaosbane -- June 4
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
The latest video game take on the tabletop classic isn't about strategy--this is a hack-and-slash game. As the name implies, it's up to you to battle the forces of chaos using four different classes. You can take on the horde in four-player co-op too, then jump into boss rush mode if you need an extra challenge.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night -- June 18 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) / June 25 (Switch)
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
If Bloodstained reminds you of Castlevania, there's a good reason: this action game comes from ex-Castlevania boss Koji Igarashi. The Kickstarter-funded project takes cues from Symphony of the Night, with a big castle to explore, monsters to slay, and powerful magic to acquire. You'll take on the roles of Miriam and Zangetsu, with the goal of stopping the evil alchemist Gebel.
- Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Isn't Castlevania, But It's Close
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled -- June 21
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Nitro-Fueled isn't just a remake of Crash Team Racing--it also includes tracks from Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Tag Team Racing. You can take the wheel with every playable racer from those games, plus some new ones that were just boss characters before. You can take some trap-filled laps in both local and online multiplayer.
- Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Is Shaping Up To Be a Faithful Recreation Of The Original
Judgment -- June 25
Available on: PS4
Much like Bloodstained, Judgment might remind you of another game. In this case, Yakuza comparisons are totally apt, since this spin-off is set in a lot of the same locations. It even uses the same combat system, letting you swap between styles during the fight. But it's not about the Japanese mob; Judgment sees detective Takayuki Yagami solving a series of murders.
- Judgment Makes A Familiar Crime Drama Feel New, The Latest From The Yakuza Devs
Super Mario Maker 2 -- June 28
Available on: Switch
There's almost too much to talk about with this Super Mario Maker sequel. You can build custom levels with a ton of new tools, and the story mode introduces some Mario mechanics you might not be familiar with, like the Angry Sun, Banzai Bills, and new level themes. What's more, you can take on all the courses online cooperatively and competitively.
- Super Mario Maker 2 Seems Like It Can Last Forever
New Releases will be taking a break next week with E3 kicking off. In two weeks, we'll return with a special episode featuring all the big new release dates from the show. Check out our E3 2019 press conference schedule for an idea of what's to come.