E3 2020 may have been canceled and several game launches moved up but June still promises some awesome new titles. Along with a bevy of different digital events taking place throughout the month, there are still some high profile games to look forward to. From highly anticipated blockbusters to strategy games, including the return of a beloved franchise, there is – to use a cliché – something for everyone. Check out the top 10 games releasing in June 2020.
The Last of Us Part 2
The biggest release of next month bar none, Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part 2 will finally release next month. The tale centers on Ellie as she embarks on a quest for vengeance that spans several seasons and cities. Coming off of the latest gameplay reveal – which showcased combat, exploration, stealth and Hotline Miami music, of all things – Naughty Dog’s magnum opus is looking pretty fun to play. Touted as the developer’s biggest game yet, we’re excited at the prospect of running through the story, agonizing over every plot twist and then replaying it again to see what was missed. The Last of Us Part 2 is out on June 19th for PS4.
Riot Games, known for its popular MOBA League of Legends, takes a different path with Valorant. It’s a free to play first-person shooter that emphasizes teamwork with realistic guns and objective play. You’ll compete in a best of 24 rounds match against an enemy team, buying weapons and other equipment to come out on top. Sprinkle in some Overwatch-esque hero abilities and Ultimates and you’ve got an intriguing mix of action. It’s clearly catered towards esports but can it make a dent in the more mainstream market? We’ll find out when Valorant launches on June 2nd for PC.
Bounty hunter John Cooper makes his long-awaited return in Desperados 3, a tactical strategy title set in the Wild West. Set before the first game in the series, the story sees Cooper teaming with the likes of hitman Doc McCoy. Players will utilize their various talents to complete missions, using stealth and violence in equal measure (like hypnotizing guards or dropping boulders on them). You’ll even be caught off guard at times and have to outwit opponents during ambushes in Showdown Mode. Out on June 16th, Desperados 3 will be available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Disintegration comes from V1 Interactive, a new studio founded by Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto. It takes place in the future where humans have undergone Integration and place their minds inside robots. You play a Gravcycle pilot named Romer rebelling against the militaristic Rayonne that wants the remaining humans to undergo Integration at any cost. What is Romer’s role in all of this and will his Outlaws get their humanity back? Don’t let the sci-fi setting fool you – this is an FPS meets RTS title where you fight from above as a pilot while your merry band of soldiers battles on the ground. It’s intriguing but we’ll see how the final product – especially the multiplayer – plays when Disintegration launches on June 16th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Phantom: Covert Ops
Phantom: Covert Ops is the latest tile from nDreams, better known for its adventure title The Assembly. You’ll traverse stealthily through environments as a Phantom, investigate the plans of antagonist General Zhurov and sometimes gun down foes with impunity. Plus you have David Hayter, the former voice of Solid Snake, voicing Zhurov. What’s not to like, aside from the admittedly sharp looking visuals and combat? Phantom: Covert Ops releases on June 25th for Oculus Quest and Rift.
Like Fire Emblem but with a lot more mechs, Raredrop Games’ Warborn offers four factions to control – each with their own unique abilities – in a 40 mission campaign with 90s style anime presentation. You’ll take advantage of different terrain, capture resources and battle foes in turn-based combat. Skirmish mode is available for custom matches with the AI but you can also go online to 1v1 other players (with cross-play supported at launch) and design your own maps with the editor. Warborn releases on June 12th for Xbox One, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch.
Command and Conquer Remastered Collection
Wary of strategy remasters after Blizzard’s shoddy Warcraft 3: Reforged? Command and Conquer Remastered Collection should fix that when it releases on June 5th for PC. Comprising the first game and Red Alert with their respective expansions, this collection offers revamped visuals with 4K resolution support, a revamped UI and multiplayer, and redone FMV cutscenes (including some unreleased footage and much more). That’s not including mod support, a map editor, remastered music and the ability to switch between the old and new graphics. Developed by former Westwood Studios devs in collaboration with the community, Command and Conquer Remastered Collection promises to revive the series with a bang.
Tour de France 2020
The real Tour de France may have been postponed but it can be experienced in video game form when Tour de France 2020 releases on June 4th for PS4, Xbox One and PC. It offers all 21 official stages with the Liège-Bastogne-Liège race making its debut along with a better racing interface and improved time trials. There’s even a first person camera to fully immerse yourself in the race. It’s an overall unorthodox racing game but one that fans of the genre may get into. And of course, if you need your fill of pro cycling, then Tour de France 2020 is well worth looking into.
Jason Oda’s Waking starts with a dire premise – the player character is in a coma, endlessly dreaming. You’ll journey through memories, making choices and remembering loved ones while battling against dark foes to try and wake up. Promising a “new type of experience” that blurs fantasy and reality, Waking combines exploration and action across an unconventional dreamscape. Nothing too crazy but we’ll see for ourselves just how far the rabbit hole goes when it releases on June 18th for PC and Xbox One.
Hunting Simulator 2
Among the various titles on this list, Neopica’s Hunting Simulator 2 casts no illusions as to what you can expect. This is a hunting title. Nothing more, nothing less. You travel through locations like Colorado, Texas and Europe, tracking down over 30 different animals (which boast “realistic” behaviour) and hunt them down. Hunting Simulator 2 is out on June 25th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC and if nothing else, should help to determine who’s really a good boy.