E3 has always been focused on console gaming. PC gaming, for all its superiority, has always been a secondary part of the show.
That’s probably going to be the same at this year’s E3 2016. However, there are still plenty of reasons to get PC gamers excited about this year’s gaming extravaganza. Here are a few reasons to get hyped.
Virtual reality will inevitably come to consoles. But for now, it’s a part of the gaming industry dominated by PCs.
Virtual reality titles may appear at E3 2016. Big name publishers haven’t yet committed to bringing A-list titles to VR, but that could change in the future. Meanwhile, indie developers are picking up the slack, creating fantastic games like Fantastic Contraption for the HTC Vive.
E3 2017 should feature more VR titles. But we should get a good appetizer at E3 2016.
Xbox One Games Unifying with PC
Microsoft appears ready to unify gaming across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Xbox One titles like Gears of War and Halo 5’s forge have already appeared on Windows 10, and more titles are likely to follow.
Microsoft clearly wants to expand its userbase by attracting PC gamers to the world of Xbox One.
However, Microsoft has already stated that some major franchises will never make the leap. Microsoft claims that Halo will never be on the PC, for example.
Microsoft recognizes the problem with its consoles: you can build a powerful PC for approximately the same price as the Xbox One, and hardware prices are dropping every day. By combining PC and Xbox One together in some way, they can avoid their future demise.
Exciting Indie Games
The PC has always been the home of indie gaming. This year’s E3 should showcase more of the best from indie developers around the world.
If you already enjoyed Gone Home, then you’ll be excited to note that the developer is releasing a second title called Tacoma. That story involves a space station far away from Earth and is scheduled for release in early 2017.
Meanwhile, Steam Greenlight project Routine has been frequently delayed but still shows enormous promise. The premise is that you’re stuck on an abandoned lunar base and faced with a survival horror situation. No release date has yet been set, but we could learn more at E3.
A Hat In Time is one more indie title that could make a splash at E3. The 3D platformer blew its Kickstarter funding target out of the water.
Although not exactly an indie game, Planet Coaster is a return to the days of Roller Coaster Tycoon’s park management, where you build a park, crash the rides, and relive the classic age of Tycoon games. The game is scheduled for release in 2016 and will likely appear in some form at E3.
New Takes on Old Favorites
From Battlefield 1 to Civilization 6, there are plenty of big name franchises making their way to PC.
But one game many of us didn’t expect to return is Unreal Tournament. Using the brand new Unreal engine, the game is already in pre-alpha and is free for anyone to download.