Valorant – June 2
Valorant has had more than enough coverage for a variety of reasons for everyone to be familiar by now. Most of this is related to the issue of limited beta keys and the process to obtain them. While I have little interest in this game, the buzz around it is unavoidable. It’s a moderate twist on the time-tested Counter-Strike formula and its association with League of Legends developer Riot Games has attracted more attention than even the most hyped games coming out this month.
Command & Conquer Remastered – June 5
Real-time strategies aren’t exactly the most popular genre these days, but back when Command & Conquer and Red Alert released, they were everything to PC gamers. Now, after 25 years, these games are being remastered with high-resolution textures and an enhanced UI. Sadly, the original cutscene recordings were never found to provide HD versions of those. However, an AI-driven upscaling process will make those classic FMVs a little more attractive. EA may have driven this franchise into the ground, but this looks like a chance to relive some of that sweet nostalgia.
Hardspace: Shipbreaker – June 16
This may only be an Early Access release, but the innovative gameplay of Hardspace: Shipbreaker looks interesting to me. The premise of floating around in space taking apart retired spaceships may seem boring to some, but I’m always looking for unique mechanics to spice things up. The gameplay that has been demonstrated so far makes it look like a somewhat relaxing (but still challenging) experience. I’m looking forward to trying it out.
Disintegration – June 16
The sci-fi FPS/RTS of Disintegration didn’t impress me with its multiplayer beta test. However, I’m still curious about the nature of the single-player campaign. There have been plenty of games that were much better solo than in online multiplayer. Hovering around in (somewhat exposed) battle platforms and directing a squad or two of minions might work out with fun mission design and story. Then again, it could just be more of the same. Luckily, we only have a couple of weeks left to find out!
The Last of Us Part 2 – June 19
The biggest release of the month without a doubt will be The Last of Us Part 2. This sequel to the 2013 hit originally for the PS3 has been delayed and built up quite sometime now. The “gameplay” trailer was a highlight E3 two full years ago. Now it’s finally going to release after the disappointing leak of the game’s story. I can’t imagine it did anything to change the potential sales of the game, especially with so many people still stuck inside. Yet, you can’t help but feel that lingering sense of disappointment from those that had it spoiled for them.
There are quite a few other less notable releases in June. Several are platform-specific additions like The Outer Worlds coming to the Nintendo Switch on June 5th. These can still be exciting for people who are getting their first crack at something on a console they own. However, announcing something releasing less than a year after it originally released seems like it won’t have much of an impact.
June looks to be an exciting month for new games. While I might only play a few of these, I have plenty of carry-over from May to keep me busy. The rest of this year still has tons of momentum as well with big titles like Cyberpunk 2077, Ghost of Tsushima, Wasteland 3, and even a new Paper Mario game ready to shake things up. The first half of 2020, despite its existential issues, has been great for the gaming community. Let’s hope things work out for the rest of the year as well!