New Game Releases This Week: Link’s Awakening, Police Stories, & More

It’s a new week, and that means new game releases. We realize it can be hard to keep up with all the new game releases throughout the year, so we’ve got it covered on a week-to-week basis. If you’ve got that new game itch and you want to know what’s coming out in the near future, read on.

We’ll keep this page up-to-date, so make sure to bookmark it and check back every week. To see all the new game releases for the entire year, check out our list of 2019 Video Game Release Dates.

Thursday, September 19

Truck Driver

Developer: SOEDESCO
Publisher: SOEDESCO
Platform: PS4, Xbox One

Police Stories

Developer: Mighty Morgan
Publisher: HypeTrain Digital
Platform: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One

Buy it here

Friday, September 20

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Developer: LEVEL-5, QLOC
Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
Platform: PC, PS4, Switch

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Switch


September 8-14

Tuesday, September 10

EFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020

Developer: PES Productions
Publisher: Konami
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One

With every game, Konami seems to close the gap between PES and FIFA, and eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 is no exception — the graphics look pretty impressive. In keeping with their devotion to authenticity, PES Productions has worked closely with Andrés Iniesta to develop a new dynamic dribbling technique called Finesse Dribble, and the game will also feature a realistic portrayal of player error. Not only will this enable you to take advantage of your opponent’s mistakes, but it will also encourage you to stay at the top of your game.

The developers also promise such features as improved trapping mechanics, context-sensitive kick accuracy, more realistic defense, and improved ball physics. They’ve revamped the Master League — with a new interactive dialogue system, more realistic transfer system, improved manager models, and more — and added a brand new Matchday mode. This will consist of weekly events in which players will choose from two sides to align themselves with; throughout the week, they’ll face off against members from the other side in Group Matches to earn points for their side. At the end of the week, the highest-scoring users from each side will be selected as Representatives and allowed to compete in the livestreamed Grand Final.

Gears 5

Developer: The Coalition
Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Platforms: PC, Xbox One

Xbox Game Pass subscribers got early access to this one starting last Thursday night, but this is the official release date for Gears 5. It’s the sixth installment in the Gears of War series, and the second game to not be developed by Epic Games. The developers promise “five thrilling modes and the deepest campaign yet.” We know that the campaign will follow Kait Diaz, whom you might remember from Gears of War 4, but details are scarce beyond that. The PC and Xbox One versions will both allow for 3-player split-screen (or online) campaign co-op, which is exciting, as most shooters nowadays seem to be moving away from splitscreen.

Besides Campaign, there is also the brand new Escape mode, where you play as three Hivebusters who must defeat a Hive from within; the return of the popular Horde mode, where you take on wave after wave of Locust; an updated Versus mode with an Arcade option; and of course, Map Builder mode. There’s also Bootcamp, a new training mode you can check out to hone your skills. This looks to be the most exciting Gears of War to date, and you can play it for free with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

Friday, Sept 13

Borderlands 3

Developer: Gearbox Software, LLC
Publisher: 2K Games
Platform: PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox One

Borderlands 3 is the fourth entry in the Borderlands series, and it looks spectacular. It’s been seven years since Borderlands 2, and we couldn’t be more excited for a new one. In this installment, you’ll play as one of four brand new Vault Hunters — Moze the Gunner, Amara the Siren, FL4K the Beastmaster, or Zane the Operative — each more customizable than ever. A lot of familiar faces from previous games will also make an appearance. As for the bad guys, a cult has emerged known as The Children of the Vault, led by the notorious Calypso Twins.

You can play co-op with up to four players (two for split-screen); this is possible even if you’re different levels, thanks to the Level Synching system and optional loot instancing, which drops level-appropriate weapons for each player. And speaking of loot, there are over ONE BILLION guns in Borderlands 3, with every feature you could possibly think of (and some beyond your wildest imagination). You’ll get to experience more locales as well, as your adventures take you beyond your familiar home planet, Pandora; thanks to your trusty spaceship, Sanctuary III, you’ll get to explore several other worlds, each with its own distinct environment for a nice change of scenery.

Daemon X Machina

Developer: MARVELOUS!
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Switch

Daemon X Machina is a Switch exclusive that was first revealed at last year’s E3 in a heavy-metal filled trailer, and it looks like an absolute blast. It’s a spiritual successor to Armored Core: a third-person shooter in which you play as a mercenary (called an Outer) that climbs into a giant mech and battles corrupted robots in fast-paced combat. You can then scavenge parts from your fallen enemies and add them to your own mech for an upgrade or to replace broken parts. The story tells of a planet’s collision with the moon, which causes the moon to break apart and rain down a strange new element called Femto, which you will collect to enhance your abilities.

There are a variety of weapons available to arm your mech with, and you can also utilize things in the environment — for example, you can pick up a vehicle and hurl it at your enemies. There is multiplayer, as well; you’ll be able to play with up to three other players in online co-op. If you’re interested in trying the game before you buy, there’s currently a short “Prologue” demo available on the Nintendo Game Store — it even gives you access to multiplayer.


September 1-7

Tuesday, September 3

Catherine: Full Body

Developer: Atlus, Studio Zero
Publisher: Atlus
Platform: PS4

Catherine is a puzzle game that was first released in 2011 for PS3 and is now being updated for the PS4 in the form of Catherine: Full Body. The story follows a man named Vincent Brooks, who is in a bit of a crisis after his long-term girlfriend, Katherine, brings up the idea of marriage. He goes to a bar to mull things over, and the next morning finds himself in bed with a blonde bombshell named Catherine, without any memory of how she got there.

The news begins to report young men dying all over the city after having strange nightmares, and lo and behold — Vincent starts having nightmares. These nightmares, in which Vincent must climb huge block towers, comprise the puzzle element of the game. Catherine: Full Body makes the love triangle into a love square with the addition of an amnesiac character named Rin, and also adds many new narrative and gameplay elements, such as five new endings and new puzzle modes.

Children of Morta

Developer: Dead Mage
Publisher: 11 bit studios
Platform: PC
See Our Children of Morta Review here.

Children of Morta is a story-driven hack ‘n’ slash action RPG with roguelike elements that follows a family of heroes named the Bergsons. The Bergsons are fighting the Corruption, which is filling their beloved Mount Morta with monsters. You can play as one of six Bergsons, each with a different gameplay style and personality, and you will be assisted by Grandma Margaret and Uncle Ben — a seer and blacksmith, respectively.

Their workshops will allow you to craft items to help you on your adventures, and you will be able to upgrade these workshops throughout the game. Children of Morta may not do anything groundbreaking, but it’s definitely worth checking out for the gorgeous hand-painted pixel art and unique family dynamics. The dungeons are procedurally generated for a unique experience each time, lending the game indefinite replayability. It will come to consoles on October 15th.

Buy it here

See Also: Upcoming Indies Games

Conan Chop Chop

Developer: Mighty Kingdom
Publisher: Funcom
Platform: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One

When Conan Chop Chop was first announced on April 1st, everyone assumed it was an April Fools joke, but no — it’s real and it looks awesome. It’s a top-down hack ‘n’ slash roguelike set in the world of Conan the Barbarian and features couch co-op for up to 4 players. Funcom declares “that Conan Chop Chop will be the most realistic stick figure game set in the savage world of Hyboria ever.”

You can choose from a variety of characters from the Conan the Barbarian universe, each suited to a different playstyle,  and you will be tasked with defeating the evil wizard Thoth-Amon, who seeks to resurrect the even eviler wizard Xaltotun and thereby plunge the world into darkness and enslavement. To stop him, you must…Chop Chop! The procedurally generated maps and large variety of weapons and abilities to try out promise high replayability.

Buy it hereSpyro Reignited Trilogy

Developer: Toys for Bob, Iron Galaxy, Insomniac Games
Publisher: Activision
Platform: PC, Switch

Spyro the Dragon was easily one of my favorite series for the original PlayStation (right up there with Crash Bandicoot), and the Spyro Reignited Trilogy did not disappoint when it first released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Now you’ll be able to take your favorite little purple dragon on the go because Spyro is coming to the Switch.

The trilogy includes remastered versions of the first three games: Spyro the Dragon, Spyro: Ripto’s Rage, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. Having played on the PS4, I can tell you that the updated graphics look amazing and the gameplay is just as fun as ever; the remasters manage to retain all the charm of the original trilogy while giving it a fresh new look.

Friday, September 6

Creature in the Well

Developer: Flight School Studio
Publisher: Flight School Studio
Platform: PC, Switch, Xbox One
Creature in the Well is billed as “a top-down, pinball-inspired, hack-and-slash dungeon crawler”; that might sound like a weird combination but the game manages to blend these elements seamlessly. You play as the last remaining BOT-C unit, and your job is to delve deep into a desert mountain to restore power to an ancient facility, which is haunted by the titular Creature.

You do so by ricocheting energy orbs off dormant machinery, but naturally, the Creature has booby-trapped the rooms to make this more difficult for you. You will make your way through 8 beautifully handcrafted dungeons, each full of upgrades, unlockable secrets, and skillful battles with the Creature. Be warned, though: Creature in the Well is punishingly difficult.
Buy it here

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platform: PS4

Last year, Monster Hunter: World — the newest entry in the highly popular Monster Hunter series — became the best-selling Capcom game of all time. Now, a year later, that game is getting a massive expansion with Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. It picks up just after the conclusion of Monster Hunter: World and, as the name suggests, sends your hunter and Research Commission to a wintery region known as Hoarfrost Reach.

In order to play Iceborne, you will need to complete the main story of Monster Hunter: World (which is sold separately) and reach Hunter Rank 16. If you haven’t played Monster Hunter: World yet, this is a great time to do so, as Iceborne is almost another game in and of itself. It features new story, a new locale, new monsters, new hunting actions, new headquarters, and a new master quest rank.

NBA 2K20

Developer: Visual Concepts
Publisher: 2K
Platform: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One

I just want to start off by saying: look at that sweat. LOOK AT IT. Since we’re all pretty familiar with the NBA 2K games by now, I’ll just focus on what’s new in NBA 2k20. First of all, its microtransactions somehow managed to evade gambling restrictions even though there are literal casino minigames. It promises the realistic player control ever thanks to an upgraded motion engine, and the MyCAREER mode promises to be the most visually stunning cinematic experience yet, with a star-studded cast — including Idris Elba, Rosario Dawson, and NBA all-stars past and present.

The covers of the Standard and Digital Deluxe Editions feature Lakers forward Anthony Davis, while the Legendary Edition is graced by retired Heat guard Dwayne Wade. Finally, for the first time ever, NBA 2k20 will include the WNBA, in both Play Now and Season modes.


August 25-31

Tuesday, August 27th

Ancestors: The Humankind Oddysey

Developer: Panache Digital Games
Publisher: Private Division
Platform: PC

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a new third-person open-world survival game from the creator of Assassin’s Creed. Your journey begins in Africa 10 million years ago; you start out as an ape, and your goal is to ensure the survival and evolution of your clan.

You do so by exploring and interacting with the world, thereby learning new skills to pass on to your descendants. It’s a difficult journey that gives you as little information as possible — you’ll have to figure things out on your own through trial and error. If that’s your kind of game, give this a try, but if you’re easily frustrated you may want to skip it.

At first, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey will only be available via the Epic Store; The Xbox One and PS4 versions are set to release in December of this year, and it will come to Steam sometime next year. Explore, Expand, Evolve.
Buy it here

The Bard’s Tale 4: Director’s Cut

Developer: inXile Entertainment
Publisher:  inXile Entertainment
Platform: PC

The Bard’s Tale IV — the latest installment in the long-running dungeon crawler series — was initially released for PC in September of last year, and Microsoft is calling Director’s Cut the “truly definitive edition” of the game. The company says it “directly addresses feedback received from the game’s initial launch” with thousands of fixes and tweaks and hours of additional content (including a brand new dungeon).

It features new enemies, items, and weapons, more class/gender character creation options, rebalanced combat and enemy encounters, additional difficulty settings, and much more. It also looks better than ever thanks to an Unreal Engine update. If you’ve already purchased The Bard’s Tale IV for PC, you’ll get the Director’s cut for free, and it will also be available to Game Pass subscribers.

If you missed the game when it originally came out, this is the perfect opportunity to jump in. The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut will also be available on PS4 and Xbox One on September 6.

Control

Developer: Remedy Entertainment
Publisher: 505 Games
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One

I think Control is probably the game we’re most excited for this week. This third-person action-adventure game puts you in the role of Jesse Faden, the newly appointed Director of the Federal Bureau of Control. When the secretive agency’s headquarters, The Oldest House, is overtaken by supernatural enemies, you must struggle in your new role as Director to regain control.

These enemies are called The Hiss, and although your primary objective is to defeat them, the story is really about Jesse. She is a young woman with a troubled past, the secrets of which you will unlock as you progress through the game, solving puzzles and completing quests. Control is heavily inspired by the weird fiction genre, and it shows; there’s much more to The Oldest House than meets the eye, and it makes for a dynamic and unpredictable setting with surprises around every corner.

The narrative is jam-packed with mystery and intrigue that will compel you to keep playing. If you’re a fan of all things weird and supernatural, this is one you definitely won’t want to miss.

World of Warcraft Classic

Developer: Blizzard
Publisher: Blizzard
Platform: PC

I put so many hours into World of Warcraft back in the day that it’s amazing I didn’t flunk out of college. WoW today, while still thriving, has become significantly larger and more complex. If you long for simpler times, well, you’re in luck, because Blizzard is releasing World of Warcraft Classic this week.

You can get access to both World of Warcraft and WoW Classic with one subscription. Best of all, you don’t have to buy a copy of the game — WoW Classic is included with your subscription. It will be based on World of Warcraft as it existed in 2006, just before the Burning Crusade expansion, using patch 1.12, which according to PC Gamer represents the vanilla game at its “most feature-complete, stable, and well balanced.”

So, how will they update it while keeping it true to the classic version? Blizzard has said they will release updates on approximately the same schedule as they did with the original game, which will roll out new dungeons and core features but will leave specs alone.

For PC gamers, World of Warcraft Classic is one of the top new games releasing this week.

Buy it here

See Also: All New MMOs of 2019 & Beyond

Wreckfest

Developer: Bugbear Entertainment
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Platform: PS4, Xbox One

Wreckfest is a demolition derby-themed racing game brought to you by the developers of FlatOut and FlatOut 2. This is a game that throws racing etiquette out the window and embraces chaos; Wreckfest is all about over-the-top destruction and smashing into other cars until one of you emerges the victor, be it in a traditional track race or a demolition derby.

It’s no rules, full-contact racing, featuring a ton of upgrade and customization options, multiplayer, hilarious challenge modes, career mode, and mod support. The detailed damage modeling, sophisticated driving dynamics, and true-to-life physics simulator lend it an impressive realism and make the crashes that much more satisfying.

The racing genre has grown undeniably stale in recent years, so if you too find yourself bored with standard racing games, consider giving this one a try for a dose of chaotic fun. Wreckfest has been well-received since it hit Steam in June of last year, and now it’s crashing onto consoles.

See Also: 2019 Video Game Release Dates

Wednesday, August 28th

Headspun

Developer: Superstring
Publisher: Wales Interactive
Platform: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One

Headspun is an RPG/FMV hybrid set in Cortex — the world of Theo Kavinsky’s broken brain — and it definitely appeals to my fondness for quirky indies. Theo wakes up in the hospital from a five-week coma with no memory of how he got there.

You will play as Ted, the conscious, rational voice inside Theo’s head, as he tries to repair Cortex and recover Theo’s memories. However, Ted will have to contend with Teddy, the subconscious and emotional voice in Theo’s head. As with our own internal voices, Ted and Teddy will rarely agree on how to handle decisions in Theo’s life.

The story will unfold both inside Theo’s head and in the real world, which you can view from a monitor in the Cortex control room, where your decisions will affect Theo’s reactions to his various visitors. It’s an interesting, highly original concept and blend of game styles that I can’t wait to experience.

Friday, August 30

Astral Chain

Developer: PlatinumGames
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Switch

Some of the same minds that brought you Nier: AutomataDevil May Cry, and Bayonetta have collaborated to create action game Astral Chain. The game gives you control over two characters simultaneously — a new recruit in the elite police task force Neuron and your Legion, a special living weapon — using what they call Synergetic Action. In this post-apocalyptic adventure, Legions are humanity’s last chance against an interdimensional invasion.

You control the protagonist and the Legion in tandem to build awesome combos in real-time combat. There are multiple types of Legions to collect throughout the game, all with varying abilities, that you can strategically switch between mid-combat. As you play, you will uncover the secrets of the Astral Plane, the mysterious alternate dimension whence the invaders originate.

Combat looks seamless, flashy, and incredibly fun, and initial reviews are overwhelmingly positive, with Polygon calling it “the best new Nintendo franchise since Splatoon”. I know I said Control was our most anticipated this week, but Astral Chain is a close runner up, if not a tie.

Blair Witch

Developer: Bloober Team
Publisher: Bloober Team NA
Platform: PC, Xbox One

Blair Witch is a first-person, story-driven psychological horror game based on the lore of the 1999 film The Blair Witch Project. We don’t know many details about the game; the first trailer simply showed a man wandering a spooky forest with his dog (which you are apparently able to pet). Since then, we have learned a few things: the man seen in the trailer is a former police officer named Ellis and his dog is named Bullet, and together they join a search party for a missing boy in none other than the Burkittsville, Maryland woods of Blair Witch fame.

We know that Ellis has a troubled past (likely involving the reason he is no longer a police officer), which the Blair Witch will use to torture him. There is no map, so you’ll have to rely solely on Bullet to navigate the sinister forest, which is capable of warping both time and space. Be sure to give him lots of pets.

The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan

Developer: Supermassive Games
Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Man of Midan is the first installment in what is set to be a series of standalone cinematic horror games called The Dark Pictures Anthology. It’s set in the South Pacific, where five friends set sail on a diving trip to investigate rumors of a WWII shipwreck (and maybe party a little). It doesn’t quite go according to plan, however; a storm rolls in, and their trip quickly turns sinister when they find themselves aboard a ghost ship struggling to escape.

What happens there is up to you; all playable characters can potentially die or survive, so your choices will determine their fate. Every choice has a consequence, so you get to shape your own story. Can you save them all? Best of all, Man of Medan — along with all other games in the series — will have two multiplayer modes: Shared Story (online 2 player co-op) and Movie Night (local co-op for up to 5 friends). We recommend you not play alone.

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