E3 is behind us, and while there are a slew of new games on the distant horizon, July still has some surprises up its sleeve!
Leading the charge is Splatoon 2, the colourful shooter from Nintendo, which has players duke it out for control of a map by coating it in as much paint as possible. If you’ve been looking for something new to try on your Switch, and enjoyed the first game, this should be right up your alley.
If you missed Final Fantasy XII when it launched back for the PlayStation 2 in 2006, then this HD remaster might be the perfect thing to whittle away those winter weekends. The game features expanded customisation systems, and a plot focused on political intrigue.
For a more in-depth look at upcoming games – including some we may have missed – make sure to check our supplemental “Releasing This Week” article every Monday. For an overview of the year, check out the 2017 Game Release Schedule, which we'll periodically be updating.
Note: While this list is intended to be as comprehensive as possible, it is difficult to cover everything, especially with the growing prominence of downloadable and indie games. The dates of some releases can also shift around. If you notice anything that's missing, please let us know in the comments, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The worlds of Sword Art Online and Accel World have begun to merge! In the midst of the chaos, Yui has gone missing. Kirito must challenge the Seven Kings of pure color from the Accelerated World to gain access to her location. Players from both groups come together in a war of the worlds where the strongest Burst Linkers and ALO Players are on a mission to save Yui from the hands of Personna Babel. This all-new original story comes from Reki Kawahara, the creator of both SWORD ART ONLINE and ACCEL WORLD, for an interdimensional adventure between two popular anime franchises.
Players can expect several modern advancements when they return to Ivalice in this HD remaster, including a reconstructed battle design and a revamped job system. The game will also feature the Zodiac Job System, and Trial Mode.
Xbox One, PC
A collectible card game that combines the iconic world and characters of the Fable series with fast-paced tactical gameplay. Choose between Good and Evil to alter your special abilities and even the cards in your deck. Compete in leagues and events, or take on a boss with a friend in co-operative mode.
Tokyo 42 see you take on the role of a character who is drawn into a cutthroat world of assassins in futuristic Tokyo. Grabbing missions from terminals and shady "handlers", you must build up your funds and grow your underworld reputation as you go.
Yonder is set on the massive island of Gemea, a lush frontier with eight distinct environments ranging from sunny tropical beaches to frigid snowcapped summits. Each location has its own flora and fauna, along with changing seasons and a day-night cycle. Gemea, once a paradise, still maintains the appearance of one, yet an evil murkhas enshrouded the land and its people in despair.
The Layton Series of games are comical, puzzle-laden adventure stories. Previous titles have focused on solving one large puzzle. In this new title however, the aim is to solve many smaller mysteries woven into an intriguing overall plot.
Get hyped for the sequel to the hit game about splatting ink and claiming turf, as the squid-like Inklings return in a colorful and chaotic 4 vs. 4 action shooter. For the first time, take Turf War battles on-the-go via local multiplayer in portable play styles. You can also compete in frenetic online matches like before. Two years have passed since the release of Splatoon, and two years have also passed in the game world, leading to an evolution in fashion trends and new styles of weapons and gear. Staying fresh never looked so good.
Experience lightning-fast battlefield action across an epic story! In the digital realm of SE.RA.PH, the Holy Grail War is over, but the land’s new ruler faces challenges and threats from all sides. Those Servants who survived the war now find themselves drawing up tense and unlikely alliances, preparing for a conflict that may tear SE.RA.PH apart...or destroy it entirely.
Pyre is a party-based RPG from the creators of Bastion and Transistor. Lead your band of exiles to freedom through a series of mystical competitions in the Campaign, or challenge a friend to a fast-paced ritual showdown in the head-to-head Versus Mode.
PS4, Xbox One, PC
The next evolution in rugby league is here, Rugby League Live 4! Built from the ground up for next-gen consoles, Rugby League Live 4 features the most realistic player likenesses ever featured in a league video game and a huge amount of modes for fans of the franchise.
Since the dawn of ever, warriors have banded together to fight evil. Now… Mii characters based on your favorite people must unite to do turn-based battle and save Miitopia! Cast them in roles across the kingdom, manage friendships, and give them jobs with distinct stats, abilities, gear, and a custom look. Then behold as awesomeness unfolds! Guide your team of Mii characters on a quest to defeat the Dark Lord and restore the stolen faces of the citizens of Miitopia. As you watch with bated breath, Mii characters will mingle over food, camping, exercise, sleeping arrangements, and yes, combat! In these wild, yet traditional RPG battles, your party’s relationships affect the outcome. Enemies attack while you explore the world map, which is littered with hidden paths and treasures. Talk about a win-win!
Captain Olimar has crashed on an unknown planet inhabited by Pikmin, and his first 2D platformer will give you a new perspective on his adorably fierce partners. Touch the screen to throw Pikmin into action: swim with Blue Pikmin, fly with Winged Pikmin, and more to survive hostile wildlife, solve ecological puzzles, and escape!
Developed in co-operation with neuroscientist Dr Ryuta Kawashima, the idea behind Devilish Brain Training – the third game in a franchise which has sold more than 15 million copies across Europe to date – is to train your brain by completing a series of challenging exercises with an emphasis on concentration skills and focus to train your working memory; an important brain function based around the temporary storage of information for manipulation. Through playing each exercise for a few minutes per day over the course of several weeks, you will have the time to notice whether personal improvements in your focus are being made.