It takes a special kind of publisher to release a game during the week of E3, the biggest video game conference of the year. Most game makers clear out their schedules to avoid launching games that week. That’s because so much news about so many major games will be flooding out of E3, any newly released titles are destined to be ignored by nearly all of the press.
That said, some game makers are just crazy enough to do it. Here are five games launching the week of June 15.
1. Payday 2: Crimewave Edition
Releases June 16 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
This game originally launched in 2013 on last-gen consoles and PC. Now it’s back on the latest hardware and ready to show you a violent good time. It’s a four-player cooperative shooter that has you and your friends try to pull off ambitious heists to fill your pocketbooks with cash.
You’ll have to plan out your job on a bank, for instance, then take hostages, drill into the safe, pick safe deposit locks, deal with the cops when they arrive, and make your daring escape. It’s thrilling, and the cooperative nature of the game makes it even more fun.
Payday 2 was well received in its original launch, so you can probably expect the Crimewave Edition to live up to the same high water mark.
2. Legends of Pixelia
Releases June 17 for PC
If you’re in the mood for a retro-style action role-playing game, you’ll want to keep an eye on Legends of Pixelia, a game that looks like it teleported here from the early ‘90s. You’ll pick your character from classes like Knight, Barbarian, and Paladin, and then drop into a randomized dungeon to start demolishing enemies.
As you play, you’ll be able to upgrade your character to become a powerhouse monster slayer. You can even play with or against others in multiplayer modes. If that sounds like fun, check it out on June 17.
Releases June 18 on Wii U (eShop)
There’s something incredibly satisfying about playing a stealth game: observing enemy patters, sticking to the shadows, and advancing only during the few seconds when the enemy is looking the other way.
Canvaleon like that. You play as a chameleon who has to make his way from point A to point B without alerting the many enemies in your way. The twist here is that you can use the Wii U’s GamePad to create camouflage prints to help you blend in with the background. Whether that’s enough to make the game worth playing remains to be seen, so keep an eye on it.
4. Pro Cycling Manager 2015
Releases June 18 for Windows
You don’t actually do the cycling in this management game, but you do make the big choices that will determine whether your team wins or loses. You’ll guide your team through over 200 competitions, pedaling away all over Europe, including in the Tour de France.
You’re in charge of recruiting and nailing down contracts with riders, hiring staff, managing finances, and securing sponsors. You can even help create training schedules for your riders if you want to dig deep into the game’s mechanics. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for a certain type of gamer, this kind of micro-management is irresistible.