The arrival of June normally brings with it some of the most exciting moments of gaming. For years now, June normally hosted the Electronic Entertainment Expo which would dazzle gamers with an array of new games/consoles to look forward to. As a result, we wouldn't normally see a large assortment of great games releasing during this time. This year will definitely be the outlier as not only there will be no E3, but June ain't looking too bad in the game release date department:
Valorant (June 2)
When the developers of one the world's most popular MOBAs suddenly decided to make a free-to-play multiplayer first-person shooter you stand up and take notice. Valorant by League of Legends' Riot Games, first made waves last year October when it was revealed as Project A. Now, after a very successful public Beta, we are only 24 hours away from its release.
Disintegration (June 16)
From one Sci-Fi shooter to another. You would be forgiven if you had forgotten about Disintegration since its E3 debut some time back. It has completely flown under the radar with and due for release this month without any major fanfare. The game is an "action-driven first-person shooter, set in near-future sci-fi universe created by V1 Interactive, a newly-assembled studio of industry veterans." Disintegration can be considered as an indie game (the studio only consist of 30 staff) but despite this, has the potential to make its mark among the shooter elites.
The Last Of Us Part 2 (June 19)
Thanks to numerous delays and story leaks, one could argue that The Last of Us Part 2 has been Sony's most controversial first-party release in recent memory. The latter seemed to have caused many to rip up their pre-order slips in anger, but the recent Last of Us focused State of Play has done wonders in repairing the hype. I don't know how its story will pan out, but the gameplay and the visuals (How is Naughty Dog finding ways to pull this off on current-gen hardware?) looks amazing, and will definitely be a contender for this year's Game of the Year.
Ninjala (June 23)
No, you are not doing a double-take. We had Ninjala on our May list of games releases, but the game was pushed back to June due to COVID-19 as well as its recent horrid Beta showing. The game is an upcoming free-to-play multiplayer action game where players take part in Battle Royale-style matches of up to 8 players and vie for supremacy with ninja around the world. This weird mash-up of genres and aesthetics, made its debut at E3 a couple years ago to little fanfare, but have already amassed a decent following since it was revealed the game would be free to play. Having played the recently ended beta, I can vouch that the issues that plagued it the first time around were no existent.
spongebob battle for bikini bottom rehydrated (june 23)
The 2003 classic is being remaster for gamers today with Rehydrated version that sees additional features such as a brand new multiplayer horde mode for up to two players, offering either PvP or co-op, which is playable online and offline. Rehydrated will also include a remastered soundtrack. Content previously cut from the original game such as an antagonistic robotic counterpart of Squidward Tentacles, an earlier concept for Patrick Star's dream level, and a cut phase of the SpongeBot SteelPants boss battle is being re-added, along with other content not yet disclosed. All now in glorious 4K fidelity for current-gen consoles.
So, we got no E3, and now sadly, no PS5 reveal event/video, but what we do get, is a decent batch of great games to kick off Summer right. The big hitters will be The Last of Us Part 2 and Valorant of course, but don't sleep on Ninjala and Disintegration, they may surprise you.
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