The summer is drawing to a close and the gaming industry’s busy season is almost upon us. September isn’t the biggest month of the year when it comes to video game releases, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some exciting titles coming out next month.
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest video game releases of September before diving into the full list.
The Last Of Us Part I (PS5) September 2nd
Kicking off the month is Naughty Dog’s highly-anticipated PlayStation 5 remake of The Last Of Us, now billed as The Last Of Us Part I in order to link it more closely to the sequel.
Naughty Dog has completely overhauled the graphics and modernized the controls as well, so the 2013 game will look and feel a lot more like its 2020 follow-up. Here’s the trailer:
It’s been years since I played this game, but back when I first played it on PS3 I thought it was absolutely brilliant—one of the best character-driven games I’d ever played, with an ending so powerful, I’m still a little sad they ever made a sequel.
Sometimes, an ending should stay that way. In any case, you can read my review of The Last Of Us here, and my in-depth examination of everything wrong with The Last Of Us Part II here.
Steelrising (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC) September 8th
You’ve heard of Soulslike games, a genre spawned from the overwhelming success—and brilliant design—of FromSoftware’s Dark Souls series. Well, Steelrising is more of a Bloodborne-like than a Soulslike, riffing off the aesthetic and gameplay of FromSoft’s Gothic nightmare PS4 exclusive.
Set in an alternative Paris in 1789 in an alternate timeline in which the French Revolution has been quashed by King Louis XVI’s mechanical army, you set out as Aegis, a near-perfect automaton, who must single-handedly take on the king’s army.
What’s cool about this game is that while it employs combat similar to Souls games, it makes use of the robotics that give your character powers and special abilities, and there are a bunch of different playstyles you can choose from depending on how you upgrade your character. Better still, you have a grappling hook. Everything is better with a grappling hook.
The French studio behind this title, Spiders, recently released Greedfall, an RPG more akin to BioWare titles, but with a setting more like a fantastical America during the days of the first settlers and colonists. I thought it was pretty good!
There’s also a beta build available for anyone who pre-orders the game on Steam. I’m really looking forward to this one.
Metal Rising: Hellsinger (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC) September 15
Have you ever wished that DOOM was also a rhythm game where you blasted through hordes of demons not just listening to cool heavy metal music, but actively playing to the beat?
Well even if this thought has never crossed your mind, you have to admit it sounds pretty cool. The lead designer on the project, David Goldfarb, was Game Director of Payday 2 and Lead Designer on Battlefield 3 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
Here’s a trailer:
There’s a free demo on Steam if you wan to take this one for a spin. I definitely recommend giving it a shot as it really is a lot of fun from what I’ve played so far.
Some of the artists providing music for the game, all of which is unique to Metal: Hellsinger and fully owned by the studio, include: Bjorn Strid (Soilwork), Tatiana Schmayluk (Jinjer), Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Matt Heafy (Trivium), Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquility), Dennis Lyxzen (Refused, INVSN), Randy Blythe (Lamb of God), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), and James Dorton (Black Crown Initiate).
Beacon Pines (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, PC, Mac) September 22nd
Beacon Pines is a storybook adventure that developer Hiding Spot describes as Winnie-the-Pooh meets Stranger Things—which sounds absolutely wonderful to me.
It’s an adventure game where you travel through the pages of a book, meeting interesting characters and searching for clues. You collect words that can “change the course of fate.” It looks adorable and mysterious all at the same time.
This is flying under the radar from what I can tell, so if it looks interesting go wishlist it on Steam and help spread the word. Actually, if you’re a PC gamer and want to help support any of the games I include here, wishlisting on Steam is a great way to do that (short of pre-ordering, of course).
No Place For Bravery (Switch, PC) September 22nd
Colorful, gorgeous pixel-art provides a lush—and bloody—backdrop for No Place For Bravery, a top-down 2D action-RPG from Glitch Factory (Steam page).
You play as Thorn, an old warrior “worn down by decades of vim and violence” wandering a deadly and forlorn land in search of his lost daughter.
Okay this trailer’s music is also pretty rad. The song was written and produced by Eduardo Zolhof with vocals by Nils Edström. The release date—pegged as 2021—was clearly overly ambitious.
Return To Monkey Island (Switch, PC) September 17th
The art-style for the sixth Monkey Island game, Return To Monkey Island, has been divisive to say the least. So divisive, in fact, that creator Ron Gilbert stopped discussing it entirely on social media and elsewhere simply to avoid dealing with toxic nonsense from ‘fans’ (which I put in scare quotes because true fans don’t use personal attacks against the creators of a game they want to play).
As you can see in the below tweet from actor Dominic Armato (who plays the game’s protagonist, Guybrush Threepwood) Gilbert closed comments and stopped talking about the game entirely back in June, writing “I’m shutting down comments. People are just being mean and I’m having to delete personal attack comments. It’s an amazing game and everyone on the team is very proud of it. Play it or don’t play it but don’t ruin it for everyone else. I won’t be posting anymore about the game. The joy of sharing has been driven from me.”
That is . . . so sad to read. “The joy of sharing has been driven from me,” may be the most tragic thing I’ve read recently when it comes to video games. But I can relate. Just sharing videos on YouTube leads to all sorts of nasty attacks about one’s appearance, intelligence, etc. and it’s pretty easy (there and on social media) to let the hate get the better of you.
Personally, I love the art-style for Return To Monkey Island and I can’t wait to point-and-click my way through the game, which you can wishlist on Steam.
Well, those are the big ones for me personally, though there are many others. Here’s the big list of everything coming out in September—and if I missed something don’t hesitate to hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.
- Ooblets (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 1
- JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 2
- LEGO Brawls (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 2
- Made in Abyss: Binary Star Falling into Darkness (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – September 2
- The Last of Us Part I (PlayStation 5) – September 2
- Biomutant (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S) – September 6 – Read reviewemtem (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC) – September 6
- The Tomorrow Children: Phoenix Edition (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – September 6
- Jack Move (PC) – September 8
- Steelrising (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC) – September 8
- NBA 2K23 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 9
- Splatoon 3 (Switch) – September 9
- Little Orpheus (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 13
- ScourgeBringer (iOS, Android) – September 13
- XIII (Switch) – September 13
- Bear and Breakfast (Switch) – September 15
- Metal: Hellsinger (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC) – September 15
- Outer Wilds (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S) – September 15 – Read reviewWayward Strand (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 15
- Return to Monkey Island (Switch, PC) – September 17
- Hardspace: Shipbreaker (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S) – September 20
- Jack Move (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – September 20
- Soulstice (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC) – September 20
- No Place For Bravery (Switch, PC) – September 22
- Serial Cleaners (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 22
- Session: Skate Sim (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – September 22
- The DioField Chronicle (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 22
- Grounded (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) – September 27
- Hokko Life (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 27
- Life is Strange Remastered Collection (Switch) – September 27
- The Fridge is Red (PC) – September 27
- The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – September 27
- Tunic (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – September 27 – Read reviewDorfromantik (Switch) – September 29
- Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – September 29
- Valkyrie Elysium (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – September 29
- Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – September 29