Biggest Videogames Releasing In September 2021
If August was the calm before the storm, then September is the start of a bombastic flurry of games arriving before the end of the year. Immersive sims, indies, JRPGs, re-releases, and sports games, that many couldn't care less about, fill up a month's catalogue packed with new releases that are sure to please and excite every type of gamer.
Here are the biggest videogames coming out in September 2021.
Tales of Arise
The 'Tales of' series began all the way back in 1995 with Tales of Phantasia on the Super Famicon. Since then, Bandai Namco's fantasy role-playing series has had 16 mainline entries and multiple spinoff titles. Tales of Arise is the first main game in the series since 2016's Tales of Berseria.
Tales of Arise is said to be a re-evaluation and evolution of the long-running franchise. First revealed at E3 2019, the game is set to run, as most third-party titles do, on Unreal Engine 4. This is a huge change up for the series as every previous entry used an in-house proprietary engine. The game is based on darker themes, with a radical new focus on 3D graphics in an attempt to appeal to a larger western audience.
The medieval land of Dahna and the advanced world of Rena play home to the game, with the people of Dahna slaves to the power that Rena holds with its far superior technology and magical advancement. Alphen from Dahna and Shionne from Rena are the game's protagonists, two travellers who meet during their journeys.
The game currently has a demo available on Xbox and PlayStation platforms, which is sure to give newcomers and long-time fans a look at the future of this series. Tales of Arise rises onto PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on the 10th of September.
Arkane Studios' Deathloop was first revealed at E3 2019, followed by another presentation during Sony's PS5 Future Of Gaming event in June 2020 with a late 2020 release window. During this showcase, the game was announced as a PS5 timed console exclusive. This meant that it would also come to PC at launch, but to other consoles a year later.
August followed soon, and it was then announced that the game would be pushed back to Q2 2021 citing Covid-19 related problems. 21st May 2021 was later revealed as the game's release date. But things weren't over yet. About a month before the game was supposed to come out, it was delayed once again, this time to 14th September 2021, a date from which it thankfully hasn't moved yet.
Poor GameInformer had so many cover stories about this game before launch, only for it to be delayed time and time again.
Soon after the game was announced as a PS5 timed console exclusive, Microsoft purchased ZeniMax Media, the parent company of large videogame publisher Bethesda Softworks, who coincidentally owns Arkane Studios, among many others. However, Microsoft agreed to honour existing contracts, which meant that Deathloop would continue to be a PS5 timed console exclusive.
Arkane Studios are renowned for their immersive sim style games, with meticulously crafted levels that provide a lot of player agency and choice in terms of gameplay and interaction with the game world. Often described by viewers as, "Dishonored with guns", Deathloop draws heavy inspiration from Arkane's Dishonored and Prey games but looks to embrace a more guns blazing side too. Arkane's games have never been the best-sellers despite their immense critical success, and it seems as if Deathloop is attempting to bridge this gap.
In Deathloop, the player takes control of an assassin named Colt, who is stuck on an island that's in a time loop. The island of Blackreef is a never-ending party that restarts every time the day ends, and it's up to Colt and the player to break this cycle.
Developed by Arkane's Lyon studio, the same team behind Dishonored 1 and 2, Deathloop is set to be an evolution of Arkane's beloved formula. The game launches on September 14th for PS5 and PC, although Xbox versions are surely guaranteed to be rolled out once the game's exclusivity window comes to a close.
Famed and beloved series Yakuza first began in 2005 and has gone on to grow in popularity ever since. In 2018, studio Ryu Ga Gotoku, who began working with the franchise in 2015, released Judgment. Judgment, while still playing and looking like a Yakuza game, was slightly different in the premise. The game was set in the world of Yakuza, however this time the player would control a private detective as he solved the mysterious deaths of many a Yakuza member.
Donning Yakuza's signature beat-em-up gameplay, the Judgment name would turn out to be the new carrier of Yakuza's aforementioned combat direction, as future mainline Yakuza games would carry forward with the turn-based system pioneered in the series by 2020's Yakuza: Like A Dragon.
On May 7th 2021, the spin-off sequel Lost Judgment was announced. The game would again follow private detective Takayuki Yagami, adding more fighting styles to the existing selection and bringing platforming into the gameplay loop.
The game generated quite the talk when two months after its initial reveal, reports broke that after Lost Judgment, the series would be coming to an end due to a disagreement with star-actor Takuya Kimura's talent agency over whether the game would come to PC or not. Sega sees the PC market as a great opportunity, but the talent agency in question here does not want their actor's likeness to be on the platform due to reasons unknown to the public. Likely, this is down to the possibility of mods degrading the actor's and through that the talent agency's image. It is yet to be seen whether this will be the end of the series or not.
Hoisting the flag of a worldwide release, Lost Judgment comes out on the 24th of September for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
Games, Games, And More Games
WRC 10 FIA World Rally Championship, or more simply known as WRC 10, is the official videogame of the 2021 World Rally Championship. The game features all twelve tracks from the twelve rounds of the official real-world championship and drifts into our hands on September 2nd for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S, with a Nintendo Switch version coming some time down the line.
The Medium from Polish studio Bloober Team first came out in January 2021 as a PC and Xbox Series X|S exclusive. The psychological horror game allowed you to inhabit two parallel worlds at the same time, these being the real world and the spirit realm. The Medium arrives for the PS5 on September 3rd.
On the surface, Gold Club Wasteland might look like your normal 2D golf game, but its premise is much more than that. The game takes place in a far off future, where human life is extinguished and the Earth has become a golf course for the rich. The game's story is told through the environment and a radio show, as you explore how life on our planet came crumbling down at the hands of consumerism, and ecological disaster. Golf Club Wasteland putts onto PC, PS4, and Xbox One on the 3rd of September.
Chernobylite is a survival first-person shooter set in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. The player returns to the disaster site 30 years after the initial incident to look for their long lost loved one. Following a full release on PC in July, the game is set to come to PS4 and Xbox One on the 7th of September. Next-gen versions are coming soon.
F.I.S.T: Forged In Shadow Torch is a diesel-punk action platformer with a ridiculously annoying name to type out. It comes to PS4, PS5, and PC on September 7th.
Sonic Colours: Ultimate is a remaster of 2010's Sonic Colours, as Sega tries its best to bring the blue hedgehog back into the spotlight, following the breakout success of the 2019 film. The game speeds onto PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on 7th September.
Life Is Strange: True Colours is the 3rd mainline entry in SquareEnix's visual novel styled adventure games. It follows the story of protagonist Alex Chen with her psychic power of empathy. The game is scheduled to come out for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia on the 10th of September.
NBA 2K 22 is more NBA 2K 21. It launches on September 10th for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and the Nintendo Switch.
WarioWare: Get It Together! is the 10th mainline entry in the series. Nintendo's minigame compilation releases on the 10th of September exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.
Lost In Random is another promising game from the EA Originals program, following the massively successful It Takes Two that came out earlier this year. Developed by Zoink, which is a really cool name for a game studio, the title is a third-person action-adventure game that revolves around rolling Dicey to progress combat arenas that look like a game board. Lost In Random comes out on 10th September for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and the Nintendo Switch.
Eastward is a cute and charming action-adventure game with RPG elements developed by Pixpil, a small indie team from Shanghai, China. Inspired by series like Mother and The Legend of Zelda, Eastward is set in the near future during the collapse of society. The game looks absolutely wonderful and is set to release on September 16th for PC, and the Nintendo Switch.
I talked a bit about Skatebird in last month's article, but it ended up being delayed into September. In this game, you play as a skateboarding bird. I mean what else can I say, it practically sells itself. Skatebird is primed to come out on the 16th of September for PC, and the Nintendo Switch.
What a day for indie games that'll be!
Aragami 2 is a 3rd person stealth action game from Lince Works. In the game, you play as one of the last elite warriors of the Aragami, with the power to control the shadows. Previews and trailers show a new emphasis on out-n-out combat, but the title still looks to try and maintain its stealthy roots. Aragami 2 sneaks onto PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X on September 17th.
Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom- The Prince's Edition brings the Level-5 developed and Bandai Namco published JRPG to the Nintendo Switch on the 17th of September. It includes the base game and its two expansions.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is another one of last month's titles that got delayed. The game already looked splendid so let's hope whatever little extra time the developers got was used to make it even better. It finally comes to PC, PS4, and PS5 on September 21.
Hello there Blizzard. How's the lawsuit going? It couldn't be a worse time for Diablo II: Resurrected to release, due to the ongoing lawsuit against the company for 'frat boy' culture and harassment. Co-developed by Vicarious Visions, the same studio that Activision dumped after its brilliant work on both the Crash Bandicoot N'Sane Trilogy and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2, the game is a remaster of 2000's Diablo II and its 2001 expansion. It is set to release on 23rd September for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and the Nintendo Switch.
Holy guacamole does Sable looks fantastic. Developed by 2-person team Shedworks, the game was first revealed during the 2018 PC Gaming Show and has no combat or storyline. The entire game is about exploration, puzzle-solving, and discovery, as the player traverses the game's sand dunes and ruins, with an artstyle inspired by the legendary Studio Ghibli. Sable zooms onto PC, and Xbox Series X|S on the 23rd of September.
2020's Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is an open-world action RPG developed by CyberConnet2 and published by Bandai Namco. As of March 2020, the game has sold two million copies worldwide and is the 3rd highest selling game in the Dragon Ball franchise. It makes its way to the Nintendo Switch on September 24th.
Kojima is a game director. His game is Death Stranding. He owns Kojima Productions. So why is there a 'Director's Cut' of his game you might ask? Well, there's no real answer to that apart from the influx of cash that Sony and the studio will receive. Death Stranding: Director's Cut is a PS5 port of the divisive 2019 game that many praised for its storytelling, while others criticized it for its lack of fun gameplay. This new edition brings with it new quests and gameplay features, as well as an in-game racetrack. Death Stranding: Director's Cut walks, or should I say drives, onto PS5 on the 24th of September.
Lemnis Gate is trying to do something truly unique and revolutionary. It's a turn-based strategic multiplayer FPS, in which the player has a 25-seconds to try and take out an enemy before the next round of turns begin. Lemnis Gate comes to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on the 28th of September.
Amazon's MMORPG New World, which had a surprisingly positive beta test last month, comes to PC on 28 September.
The Outer Wilds was one of 2019's standout games, featuring a large and expansive galaxy to explore and try to save before the sun explodes and you have to start again from the beginning. That got dark really quickly right? The game is getting its first and only piece of DLC in the form of Echoes of the Eye, which swoops onto PC, PS4, and Xbox One on the 28th of September.
Ghostrunner, the lesser-known cyberpunk-themed game that came out last year, was a surprise hit upon release. The first person action platformer from developer One More Level was a fast-paced cyber ninja game that saw the player traversing dangerous environments and taking out enemies in style. Ghostrunner double-jumps onto PS5, and Xbox Series X|S on September 28th.
And that's a wrap on the biggest, along with many other, videogames releasing next month. Which one of September's games are you most looking forward to? Sound off in the comments below.