Typically, E3 is first and foremost chance for console gaming to shine, but this year PC gaming will be getting a flashy press conference of its own.
The PC Gaming Show, as organizers AMD and PC Gamer are calling it, will take place Tuesday, June 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, with a livestream available through Twitch.
According to the official website, the event will be hosted by caster Sean “Day” Plott and bring “new game reveals, updates on beloved series, and perspectives from key PC developers.”
Confirmed participants currently include Blizzard, Bohemia Interactive, Cliff Bleszinski, Paradox Interactive, and Cloud Imperium, so the potential for big reveals is certainly there. Blizzard has the chance to reveal more about Overwatch, Cliffy B could debut gameplay from his arena FPS Bluestreak, and Cloud Imperium will probably have some big announcement about Star Citizen.
There’s likely going to be room for smaller indie games to take center stage, too, as Humble Bundle, Devolver Digital, and Hyper Light Drifter dev Heart Machine will all be involved.
Given the carefully managed hype-building machines that are the big three press conferences, it’ll be interesting to see if a PC-focused offering can compete. Despite being the most flexible and powerful gaming platform out there, PC has always struggled a bit with the perception that it’s not as easy, accessible, or user-friendly as a box you plug into your TV. All these companies coming together to showcase PC gaming in the same slick and exciting way we deify consoles every June could do a lot to change those attitudes.