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News Highlights: PC Gaming Show

 
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I'm sorry for being many hours late, lovely readers. Saturday was insane and I hit a wall yesterday. This article got delayed entirely because of where it falls chronologically, not because the games are lacking. They aren't. It was actually quite difficult to narrow it down to a handful to include with my highlights. Some games from Canadian developers look incredibly interesting (shoutout Might Yell and Kitfox!) and those went straight to the top of my must-have list.

Game highlights

Ale Abbey (Shiro Unlimited, Hammer & Ravens)

"In beer we trust." Ale Abbey is appealing because, well, beer. It's a management sim about running a monastery while also brewing beer. Stay in God's good graces by making sure the monastery prospers. Build living quarters, libraries, breweries, the Refectory, and the Abbot's office. When it comes to the monk beer (as I've come to call it), there are no recipes. You're not just a brewer, you're a true beer alchemist. Choose equipment depending on your needs before blending the perfect batch of beer by adjusting the quantity, quality, and mash temperatures. Store it for aging or sell it right away. If you trust your fellow monks, they'll make the beer for you.

Ale Abbey will be released for PC via Steam later this year.



Tempopo (Cult Games, Witch Beam)

Tempopo is developed by Witch Beam, the Australian developer behind the mega-hit Unpacking. The titular Tempopo are mischievous and uncoordinated at the best of times, but Hana can use her conducting skills to work with them and find musical flowers that have been scattered across the sky. It is a puzzle game with 60 levels, each one on an island. Each one begins with the planning phase when you tell the Tempopo what to do when the music starts. Find the perfect, inventive configuration to solve puzzles with multiple Tempopo performing different roles.

Tempopo will be released for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, and Xbox One.



Demonschool (Necrasoft, ysryd games)

I wanted to write about Demonschool in my Guerrilla Collective highlights, but it just barely didn't make the cut. There were too many great games! (A common problem with most showcases this Not-E#, actually.) So I was very happy to see it again and took it as a sign. Turn-based tactical game Demonschool has appeared at the PC Gaming Show before, but this year it comes with a release date. Motion equals action in the stylish game. Faye and her band of misfit friends have to defeat "big weirdos" between the human and demon worlds, while also navigating university life on the mysterious island.

Demonschool will be released on September 13 for PC via Steam/Epic, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, and Xbox One. Yep. Friday, September 13. Great marketing tool.



Unbeatable (D-Cell Games, Playstack)

Music is illegal in Unbeatable, but it's a narrative rhythm RPG so it's time to do some crimes! And the music in this trailer is electric. Beat and her band are on the run. She makes friends with others that the cops aren't so fond of, often for more viable reasons than simply making music. Talk with people and help them out, play concerts, punch cops. Then run from said cops. And why are there monsters around? The rhythm gameplay only requires two buttons: up and down. It's doing it correctly that complicates matters. Half the game is chilling at your own pace, the other half is just trying to keep up.

Unbeatable will be released for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series in 2025.



Streets of Fortuna (Kitfox Games)

Kitfox Games develops and publishes video games, and this is one where the Montreal-based team does both itself. (And Kitfox does great work – just look at Boyfriend Dungeon!) Start your life in this generated sandbox RPG with nothing to your name, looking for basics like good and shelter. But how you get there is up to you. Will you be a thief? A cook? A smuggler? An artisan? A trader? Will you use your knowledge to your advantage when it comes to romance? What about politics? How will you survive Fortuna?

Streets of Fortuna will be released for PC via Steam.



Full list of featured games

  • Among the Wild (Nuggets Entertainment)
  • Star Birds (Toukana Interactive, kurzgesagt in a nutshell) – launching in 2025 for PC via Steam
  • Lorn Vale (Gritty Games, Playstack) – launching in 2025 for PC via Steam
  • Ale Abbey: In Beer We Trust (Shire Unlimited, Hammer & Ravens) – launching in 2024 for PC via Steam
  • Streets of Rogue 2 (TinyBuild, Matt Dabrowski) – launching on August 14 in Early Access for PC via Steam
  • Wander Stars (Paper Castle, Fellow Traveller) – launching for PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch
  • Southfield (Radical Forge, Private Division) – launching in Early Access on June 24 for PC via Steam
  • Steel Seed (Storm in a Teacup, ESDigital Games) – launching for PC via Steam/Epic, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series
  • Fallen Aces (New Blood, Trey Powell, Jason Bond) – episode one launching on June 14 for PC via Steam)
  • Stormgate (Frost Giant Studios) – launching paid on July 30 and free on August 13 for PC via Steam
  • Mars Tactics (Takibi Games, Hooded Horse) – coming soon for PC via Steam/Epic/GOG
  • Toads of the Bayou (Fireshine Games, La Grange) – launching in October for PC via Steam
  • Sumerian Six (Devolver Digital, Artificier) – launching in 2024
  • All Systems Dance (Mighty Yell, Strange Scaffold) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Sulfur (Perfect Random) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Phantom Line (Antistatic Games – launching for PC via Steam
  • Killing Floor III (Tripwire Interactive) – launching for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series
  • Copa City (triple espresso) – launching in 2025 for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series
  • Tempopo (Cult Games, Witch Beam) – launching for PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, Xbox One
  • Last Moon (Sköll Studio) – launching for PC via Steam
  • I Am Your Beast (Strange Scaffold, Frosty Pop) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Cataclismo (Hooded Horse, Digital Sun) – launching in Early Access on July 16 for PC via Steam
  • Level Zero: Extraction (Doghowl, TinyBuild) – launching in 2024 for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Citizen Sleeper 2: Starward Vector (Jump Over the Age, Fellow Traveller) – launching in early 2025
  • Demonschool (Necrasoft, ysryd games) – launching on September 13 for PC via Steam/Epic, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, Xbox One
  • Unrailed 2 (Kepler Ghost, Indoor Astronaut) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Space Station 14 (Space Wizards Federation) – launching for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, Nintendo Switch
  • Unbeatable (D-Cell Games, Playstack) – launching in 2025 for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series
  • Odinfall (Fireshine Games, Ember Paw) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Core Keeper (Pug Storm, Fireshine Games) – launching on August 27 for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, Xbox One
  • No More Room in Hell 2 (Torn Banner Studios) – launching on October 31 in Early Access for PC via Steam/Epic
  • Drug Dealer Simulator 2 (AKA DDS2) (Movie Games S.A., Byterunners) – launching June 20
  • Zero Sievert: Zakov City (Cabo Studio, Modern Wolf) – launching in Q4 2024 for PC via Sream
  • The Deadly Path (Fireshine Games, Owlskip Enterprises) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Incolatus (Funny Fintan Softworks) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Inferni: Hope & Fear (Village Studio) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Deathsprint 66 (Secret Mode, Sumo Newcastle) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Crescent County (Electric Saint) – launching for PC via Steam, Xbox Series
  • Forgotten Seas (indie.io) – available now in Early Access for PC via Steam
  • Moon Mystery (indie.io) – launching for PC via Steam/Epic
  • G.I. Joe: Wrath of Cobra (Maple Powered Games, indie.io, Retro Arcade) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Everholm (indie.io) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Shell Runner (Reija, indie.io) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Renaissance Kingdom Wars (Reverie World Studio, indie.io) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Debtor's Club (Meca Games, indie.io) – launching for PC via Steam
  • The Land of Magnates (Permanent Way, indie.io) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Cat Quest III (The Gentle Bros, Kepler Interactive) – launching on August 8 for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, Xbox One
  • The Crush House (Devolver Digital, Nerial) – launching on August 9 for PC via Steam
  • Go Go Town! (Prideful Sloth, Cult Games) – launching on June 18 in Early Access for PC via Steam
  • Star Trucker (Raw Fury, Monster & Monster) – launching on September 3 for PC via Steam, Xbox Series
  • Escape from Tarkov (Battle State Games) – launching for PC
  • Splodey (Mad Mushroom) – available now for PC via Steam
  • Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn (A44 Games, Kepler Interactive) – launching on July 18 for PC via Steam/Epic, Xbox Series
  • 83 (Blue Dot Games) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Mullet Madjack (Epopeia, Hammer95) – available now for PC via Steam
  • Generation Exile (Sonderlust Studios) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Reka (Emberstorm Entertainment) – launching during August in Early Access for PC via Steam
  • Blue Prince (Raw Fury, Dogubomb) – launching for PC/Mac via Steam
  • LOK Digital (Letibus Design, Icedrop Games, Draknet & Friends) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Tactical Breach Wizards (Suspicious Developments) – launching on August 20 for PC via Steam
  • Aloft (Funcom, Astrolabe Interactive) – launching in Q4 2024 for PC via Steam
  • Screenbound (Crescent Moon Games, Those Dang Games) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Hotel Galactic (Ancient Forge) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Still Wakes the Deep (Secret Mode, The Chinese Room) – launching on PC via Steam/Epic, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series
  • Into the Dead (Pikpok) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Dwarf Fortress (Kitfox Games, Bay 12 Games) – available now for PC via Steam
  • Caves of Qud (Kitfox Games, Freehold Games) – available now for PC via Steam
  • Streets of Fortuna (Kitfox Games) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Grit and Valour – 1949 (Megabit Publishing, Milky Tea Studio) – launching for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series
  • The Rise of the Golden Idol (Color Gray, Playstack) – launching for iOS/Android via Netflix, PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series
  • Every Day We Fight (Hooded Horse, Signal Space Lab) – coming soon for PC via Steam
  • Tales of Sekiyu (Ace Entertainment, Fireshine Games) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Island of Winds (Parity, ESDigital Games) – launching in 2025 for PC via Steam/Epic, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series
  • Airframe Ultra (Akupara Games, Videocult) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Stormforge (Roboto Games) – launching for PC via Steam
  • Windblown (Motiontwin) – launching during 2024 in Early Access for PC via Steam
  • Gunboat God (Janson Rad, Fireshine Games) – launching for PC via Steam
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