The Month in Games – June 2024

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As summer arrives, players will have a lot of different tales to enjoy. From out-of-this-world tales in hidden dimensions, new paths in old stories, a vampire-hunting cartoon caper, or an atmospheric mystery, there is something for everyone to enjoy. There’s even the chance to ally with or annihilate killer alien clowns.


Destiny 2: The Final Shape

Confront oblivion in this new adventure in the world of Destiny 2. For The Final Shape, players will have to gather their allies to journey into the Pale Heart – an otherworldly dimension that exists within the being known as the Traveler. In this new world, which is influenced by the player’s prior adventures and deeds as the Guardian, players will have to root out the whereabouts of the Witness – who has travelled to the Pale Heart to bring for the Final Shape as part of their plan to turn the tide in the war between Light and Darkness. Luckily, a familiar face is close by to offer a helping hand.  

Players who pre-order the Standard Edition will instantly unlock an Exotic Ghost & Ship and two Legendary Emblems. The Standard Edition includes The Final Shape campaign, the new Prismatic subclass, three new Supers, new raids, new gear and one episode in Year-7 (the active episode at time of login). The Final Shape + Annual Pass bundle includes The Final Shape campaign, all the content in the Standard Edition, three episodes in Year-7 (Echoes, Revenant and Heresy), a Catalyst and Ornament for the Tessellation Exotic Fusion Rifle, a Final Shape Dungeon key, an Exotic Sparrow and three Secret Stashes (one per episode), with players who pre-order instantly unlocking an Exotic Ghost, Emote & Ship, a Tessellation Exotic Fusion Rifle and two Legendary Emblems.

The Collector’s Edition includes a set of Vanguard figurines, a Vanguard mission dossier and patch, an autograph book, an exclusive Emblem code, a digital copy of The Final Shape soundtrack a USB charging cord and a Tower Architectural replica with light and sound. Note this edition does not include a game code for Destiny 2: The Final Shape and all editions require a Destiny 2 base game to play.

Destiny 2: The Final Shape will be available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC from June 2*


Killer Klowns From Outer Space: The Game

Protect or pillage Crescent Cove in this survival horror. Based on the 1988 horror comedy, Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a 3v7 shooter where players must team up and explore Crescent Cove, an otherwise sleepy town, and fight to the death. Playing as either one of three Klowns or as one of seven Humans, players will have to find weapons and gadgets to take down the opposing side. Blending 80’s action with horror and comedy in its own unique style, players will have to use every trick in the book (or hat, or car) in order to survive and complete their missions

Players who pre-order will unlock Advance Access, two bonus Human cosmetics, one bonus Junksuit Klown Skin and Slim the Klown. The Digital Deluxe Edition includes a copy of the game, digital artbook, digital soundtrack, a Bibbo Movie Klown skin, two additional Junksuit Klown skins and two bonus Human characters – Mike & Debbie.

Killer Klowns From Outer Space: The Game will be available on Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5 and PC from June 4*


Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance

A new spin on the tale awaits in this enhanced Shin Megami Tensei chapter. For Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance, players will face a choice: do they take the “Canon of Creation” route and play the original story of a conflict between angels and demons for the world’s fate, or do they venture down a new path? Introducing new characters, a new heroine named Yoko Hiromine, the enigmatic Qadistu cohort of demons and a tale of revenge by the fallen, the ”Canon of Vengeance” is a new tale which players can experience, seeing the world of Da’at (formerly Tokyo) through a whole new perspective.

Players who pre-order will unlock the 2 Sacred Treasure Sets DLC. The Digital Deluxe Edition includes a copy of the game, three Mitama Dance boosts for Wealth, EXP and Miracles along with two additional Demon sub-quests – Sakura Cinders of the East and Holy Will and Profane Dissent. Players who buy their editions via select retailers will also receive an exclusive Steelbook case.

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will be available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC from June 14*


#BLUD

Being a teen in a new school isn’t easy in this action RPG. #BLUD follows Becky Brewster, a new kid in Carpentersville who uncovers a long-hidden truth about herself – she is part of a long line of vampire hunters, and it just so happens that there might just be a small case of demonic infestation in the town. So, players will have to help Becky balance the two sides of her life – hunting down the evil menace of monsters while also making sure she is in time for school and making friends and allies to help along the way. It might also help is she can decipher her Mum’s cookbook too.

Partly inspired by 90s cartoons, #BLUD blurs the line between action RPG and dungeon crawler with a nostalgic twist by mixing fast-paced action and combat with hand-drawn 2D animation. Along with building Becky’s skills, players will also have to manage her social and school life, with a whole in-game social media system to update along their way through the story

#BLUD will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC from June 18*


Still Wakes The Deep

Find a way out if you can in this atmospheric horror. Set on the Beira D oil rig in 1975, Still Wakes The Deep follows Caz McLeary, an electrician on the rig’s crew. After a mysterious incident, all lines of communication are lost, the crew is scattered, and all exits are gone. With no hope of help, players must help Caz navigate his way through the rig as he tries to survive against an unrelenting foe, which has now chosen Beira D as its hunting ground. This situation is not helped by the raging storm that swept across the freezing waters of the North Sea, further hampering Caz’s attempt to restore order.

With no combat ability or weapons of any kind, players will have to rely on stealth, quick thinking, and the environment around them to help Caz survive. As for the crew, if Caz can find any of them, they can prove to be valuable allies – provided they too can survive the horrors that have taken hold on Beira D.

Still Wakes The Deep will be available on Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5 and PC from June 18*


Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree

A new land awaits in this major expansion to the world of Elden Ring. In Shadow of the Erdtree, the Banished is beckoned to the Land of Shadow, a land obscured by the Erdtree and said to be the place where the goddess Marika first set foot which has been set ablaze by the entity known as Messmer. On this quest, they are guided by Empyrean Miquella, the demigod twin brother of Malenia, who was cursed to never fully grow into an adult. Following in Miquella’s footsteps in this new realm, players will encounter fellow travellers – who have their own reasons for their journey to the Land of Shadow – along with new enemies and magical powers as they unravel the mystery of the promised Lord that Miquella has been waiting for all this time.

Players who pre-order will unlock a bonus gesture. The Collector’s Edition includes a Shadow of the Erdtree voucher code, a copy of the soundtrack, a 40-page hardcover artbook and a limited edition 46cm statue of Messmer the Impaler. For those looking to begin their Elden Ring adventure, the base game and Shadow of The Erdtree are also available in the Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree Edition.

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree will be available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC from June 21*


Free to Play

On PlayStation, Plus subscribers of all levels will have three new titles to download and keep for free this month. From June 4* Spongebob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake, AEW: Fight Forever and Streets of Rage 4 will be available for all tiers. In addition, June sees the return of Days of Play, with those with Extra and Premium tiers having access to an array of games – including PSVR2 titles – at no extra cost. Full information about Days of Play can be found on the PlayStation Blog.

Over on Prime Gaming, those with connected Twitch and Prime accounts will have seven titles available to claim for free throughout this month:

  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 (June 6*)
  • Weird West Definitive Edition (June 6*)
  • Genesis Noir (June 6*)
  • Everdream Valley (June 13*)
  • Mythforce (June 13*)
  • Blast Brigade vs the Evil Legion of Dr Cread (June 13*)
  • Projection: First Light (June 13*)

Details on how to claim these titles – along with this month’s new titles for Amazon Luna and content drops – can be found on the Prime Gaming website.

Also Released This Month

June 3* – The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Road (PC, Mac)

June 4* – Star Wars: Hunters (Switch, iOS, Android), Arhaekon (PC), Life by You (PC – Early Access), Songs of Silence (PC – Early Access)

June 6* – Assassin’s Creed Mirage (iOS), Legends of Dionysos (PC), The Smurfs – Village Party (Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, Switch, PC), Blockbuster Inc. (PC)

June 7* – Rider’s Spirit (Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, Switch), Wrath: Aeon of Ruin (PS4, Switch, PC), Jurassic Park Classic Games Collection (PS5, Switch)

June 11* – Rocket Knight Adventures: Re-Sparked (PS4, PS5, Switch, PC), V Rising (PS5), ARK: Survival Ascended (PS5)

June 13* – Taskmaster VR (PC, Quest 2, Quest 3), Monster Hunter Stories (PS4, Switch, PC), Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin (PS4), My Life: Farm Vet (PS5, Switch)

June 14* – Magical Drop VI (Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5), Retropolis 2: Never Say Goodbye (PS5)

June 17* – Vampire Therapist (PC)

June 18* – Police Simulator: Patrol Officers – Gold Edition (Xbox Series X/S, PS5)

June 19* – 1Bit Castle Remake (PC)

June 20* – Dicefolk (Switch), Five Nights At Freddy’s: Help Wanted 2 (PS VR2), Aarik and the Ruined Kingdom (PC), Crab God (PC), Drug Dealer Simulator 2 (PC), Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation – Quest of Memories (PS4, PS5, Switch, PC), Rusted Moss (Xbox Series X/S, PS5, Switch), Scars of Mars (PC), Windstorm: Start of a Great Friendship (PS5, Switch), Windstorm: An Unexpected Arrival (Switch), Pocket Bravery (PS4, PS5, Switch)

June 22* – The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Road (Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5)

June 25* – Super Monkey Ball Banana Rumble (Switch)

June 27* – Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD (Switch), NeoSprint (Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, PC), Tchia (Switch), Neverdark (PC), Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon (PS4, Switch), White Day 2: The Flower That Tells Lies – Complete Edition (PS5), Blacksad: Under The Skin (Xbox Series X/S, PS5)

June 28* – Spy x Anya: Operation Memories (PS4, PS5, PC), Dave The Diver (Switch), May’s Mysteries: The Secret of Dragonsville (Switch), Gigantosaurus: Dino Sports (PS4, PS5, Switch), Instant Sports: All-Stars (Switch), Kids v Parents (Switch), Garden Simulator (Switch), Ultra Mega Xtra Party Challenge (Switch), 34 Sports Games – World Edition (PS5, Switch)

*Dates refer to UK release. International dates may vary and are subject to change. Information correct at time of writing.

Words by Megan Roxburgh


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