Mortal Shell screenshot of Dark Souls like atmosphere

[Update]: Mortal Shell has now opened up its free beta for everyone to enjoy.

If you're a fan of the Souls-like genre and you're looking for a new contender to sink your teeth into, you might want to keep an eye on the newly announced Mortal Shell. Much like Dark Souls from which it draws a great deal of inspiration, Mortal Shell is all about exploring a broken-down world in search of some sort of salvation, all the while facing down one challenging foe after another in highly precise duels.

As for the Mortal Shell name, it is quite literal in this case. According to the brief description, you'll be able to awaken the long-lost remains of legendary warriors, and through their skill further enhance your combat options. Whether these possessions will be permanent or something you change on a frequent basis, I'm afraid I have no answer to give you, but it's certainly an interesting concept to puzzle over!

Deep Rock Galactic screenshot of a fourth relic skin

It has only been a short while since Deep Rock Galactic released from Steam Early Access, and already Ghost Ship Games have launched a fairly sizable update. This one brings with it a variety of bug and crash fixes, three new secondary objectives, as well as a whole bunch of new layouts and props to gawk at as you explore the numerous biomes.

Perhaps most importantly, there's now a brand new boss-like enemy to encounter while wondering through the cave systems - the Korlok Tyrant-Weed. It's a particularly nasty one as it endlessly spawns aggressive sproutlings that will eventually overwhelm even the best of teams, so do make sure to tear out its 'heart' before it manages to return the favor.

Paper Beast official artwork and logo

If you're in the mood for a charming and often quite strange VR exploration game, you might be interesting to hear that Eric Chahi's (of Another World fame) Paper Beast is soon coming to PC. After spending a fair bit of time exclusive for PS VR, Paper Beast will be launching onto Steam VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive this summer.

When it comes to the actual gameplay, Paper Beast consists of two distinct game modes: the adventure and exploration focused one, and the sandbox. The adventure mode will have you meet and protect a variety of paper-based creatures by reshaping the terrain, diverting rivers, as well as solving some light puzzles. In the sandbox mode, as you might imagine from the name alone, you'll have a rather sizable playground to mess around with to your heart's content.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3 official artwork and logo

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3 only landed onto Steam Early Access in late January, and already the developers are getting ready for its full release. According to the latest announcement, you can expect Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3 to leave Early Access and properly launch this fall for PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.

Version 1.0 will contain a lengthy singleplayer campaign that will have you travel across a futuristic and oddly war-torn America to participate in a food truck championship with your trusty robot companions. Along the way you'll be able to expand your food truck with new modules, experiment with your food catalog, and if you're so inclined, invite a friend to help make a gigantic mess in local co-op.

Satisfactory screenshot of two players overlooking their factory

After spending a fair bit of time being exclusive to the Epic Games Store, the first-person factory building game Satisfactory has now also made its way to Steam Early Access. As you might imagine from that last part alone, Satisfactory is currently still unfinished and somewhat unpolished, though most of the core factory-building gameplay seems to be present and accounted for.

What is currently missing is the story mode that's supposed to give everything a bit of context, as well as a proper end-game challenge to really sink your teeth into. So if you do decide to explore Satisfactory's rather alien world, make sure you're doing so because you love a good sandbox to play around with - at this point that's pretty much exactly what you're getting.

Sea of Craft screenshot of two ships duking it out

Much like Besiege from which it draws a great deal of inspiration, the rather poorly named Sea of Craft is a physics-based sandbox game. It's all about creating an assortment of outrageous ships, outfitting them with more weapons and armor than the poor vessels can possibly support, and then watching as your mechanical abomination self-destructs in a hilarious fashion!

What exactly this looks like in gameplay terms, that you'll find out through the recently posted trailer. Have a gander, it's a pretty fun-looking one:

Frostpunk official artwork and logo for the On The Edge expansion

If you're looking for something to distract you from the upcoming summer heat, you might be interested to hear that Frostpunk's third and final season pass expansion has now been announced. On The Edge will be launching at some point this summer, bringing with it a brand new story set after the all-devouring Great Storm.

The details are unfortunately few and far between, but you can expect to see a variety of new mechanics and challenges to tackle in both the city and the Frostland map. There will also be an additional story scenario that will have you follow an expedition sent from New London on a rather special assignment. What exactly this assignment might be, I'm afraid you'll have to wait a little while longer in order to find out as the developers will slowly be dishing out more information on the road to release.

Outward official artwork and logo

[Update]: The Soroboreans expansion has now arrived alongside highly positive reviews.

If you're like me and you've pretty much explored everything Outward has to offer, you'll be glad to hear that it's very first expansion - The Soroboreans - will be launching this June 16th for PC. As for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, they will be arriving slightly later - on July 7th.

The Soroboreans will bring with it a brand new enchantment system that will let you tweak your weapons, trinkets and armor sets. While no details have been given just yet, I fully expect this system to be both tricky to manage and quite expensive, as is often the case with any sort of power increase in Outward.

Northgard official artwork and logo for the map editor

Northgard is a viking themed strategy game from the makers of Evoland, and as the name itself would suggest, is all about trying to create a thriving colony in the extremely hostile and frigid north. On its own Northgard already has a fair bit of replayability given the various clans and map layouts, but if that's just not enough, I'm very happy to say that the newest update has now also brought in a Map Editor!

The newly added Map Editor allows you to create or modify maps in almost any way. You can fully mess around with the visual design and overall layout of the map, populate it with buildings and resources, paint the landscape with decorations or creatures of your choosing, as well as add and edit special tiles found throughout the world.

Satisfactory screenshot of two players overlooking their factory

[Update]: Satisfactory has now made its way to Early Access alongside mostly positive reviews.

After being exclusive to the Epic Games Store for about a year now, the open world factory-building game Satisfactory is now coming to Steam. You can expect to see it arrive this June 8th as a part of Steam's Early Access program, though the full release is still quite a few years away.

In terms of content, the current version of Satisfactory is perfectly playable and quite fun, though a bit aimless as there's no real story or end-game to dive into. So if you're looking for a carefully guided experience, you might want to stay away for a little while longer. On the other hand, if you love a good sandbox and if creating impossibly complex factories that work despite all known laws of logic sounds like a fun way to spend your time, Satisfactory might just be worth looking into.