Riders Republic is an open-world extreme sports game in which players ski, snowboard, bike, and wingsuit their way across national parks including Bryce Canyon, Yosemite Valley, and Mammoth Mountain. The game offers competitive races, trick challenges, 6v6 PvP matches, online cups, and mass starts. Current-gen platforms support up to 20 players racing together, while on next-gen consoles and the PC, that number increases to 50.
As the player progresses through Career mode, they are invited to join prestigious competitions, sign with real-world sponsors, and unlock new gear and cosmetics. Certain cosmetic items are also offered as a pre-order bonus as detailed below.
Balan Wonderworld is a whimsical 3D platformer centered around the mysterious Balan theater. Led by the titular maestro Balan, the stars of the show Emma and Leo utilize special abilities from over 80 different costumes as they adventure in the bizarre land of Wonderworld filled with colorful inhabitants, tricks, and traps.
The game supports two-player couch co-op, allowing players to cooperate as Leo and Emma and combine the abilities of different costumes to open new paths through Wonderworld.
Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 4 is the latest incarnation of Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship videogames that allows the player to relive the 2020 season. Like its predecessors, it is developed by Italian racing game experts at Milestone.
The revised Career Mode takes the player on a path from Futures to Pro and allows them to grow their talent via the new skill tree. The Track Editor has been upgraded with new customization options, and a new Compound inspired by the Maine Islands has been added, in which the player can race or free roam alone or in co-op.
Harvest Moon: One World is the latest installment in the long-running Harvest Moon franchise that brings new engine and graphics as well as a new way to explore the game’s world. Players will travel to five colorful locations – from deserts to snowy mountains – while taking their Expando-Farm with them. The overarching goal is to collect seeds for produce like cabbages and tomatoes, which were lost when the Harvest Goddess disappeared from the world. There also are five bachelors and five bachelorettes, each with their unique personality and backstory, that the player will be able to pursue.
Persona 5 Strikers continues the story of Joker and the Phantom Thieves but centers around a new incident, allowing new players to enjoy the game without having played Persona 5. During their summer vacation, a ruthless Kyoto detective recruits the Phantom Thieves to investigate a series of strange cases occurring across Japan. The gang will travel to 6 different cities, helping those in need and fighting the Shadows to uncover the source of the corruption.
The spin-off is co-developed by Atlus’ P-Studio and Omega Force, and combines the hack-and-slash battles of the Dynasty Warriors series with the tactical usage of Personas. The Western release includes English and Japanese voice acting and numerous subtitle options.
Little Nightmares II follows the macabre adventure of Mono, a young boy trapped in a world distorted by the humming transmission of a distant Signal Tower. Guided by Six, the yellow-raincoated girl from the previous installment, he sets out to discover the secrets of the Signal Tower and save Six from her terrible fate. They will solve intricate puzzles, discover the mysteries of the Pale City, and fight to escape its fearsome residents.
The game comes in three different editions and also has an exclusive pre-order bonus, all detailed after the jump.
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- The Prophecy of the Throne is a visual novel-slash-tactical RPG based on the popular anime and light novel series by Tappei Nagatsuki. While centering on the Royal Selection arc from the first season of the anime, the game features an original storyline that deviates from canon and has a mysterious sixth candidate join in the struggle for the throne. The story is overseen by Re:ZERO‘s author, and the new characters are designed by the original artist Shinichirou Otsuka.
Atelier Ryza 2 picks up three years after the events in Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout and follows Ryza on a brand-new adventure. After leaving the Kurken Island for the royal capital of Ashra-am Baird, she reunites with her friends and explores ancient ruins while seeking to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the lost legends.
One of the new skills that Ryza can learn in the upcoming game is swimming. This opens up underwater areas for exploration, including a submerged dungeon, which has plenty of aquatic materials to collect. Charming new characters are also introduced, including the mysterious fairy Fi.
Hitman 3 is the final installment in IO Interactive’s reboot trilogy. Agent 47 returns for the most important contracts of his career and joins forces with his long-lost friend Lucas Grey to eliminate The Partners.
On top of the six locations Hitman 3 will offer at launch, owners of the previous two games may import locations from them for a total of twenty. Since Hitman 3 will launch with PlayStation VR support, this way players can experience the entire World of Assassination trilogy in VR.
Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world action RPG from Polish developer CD Projekt RED renowned for The Witcher series. Loosely based on the tabletop RPG Cyberpunk 2020, the game is set in the Night City, a sprawling dystopian metropolis where megacorporations and cybernetically-enhanced gangs coexist in a precarious balance, and danger lurks around every corner.
Players assume the role of V, a mercenary outlaw on the hunt for a prototype cybernetic implant that is the key to immortality. V is fully customizable, from appearance to gender to backstory, and gains power through learning skills and acquiring cyberware as the player progresses through the game. The choices made throughout the story – including the sidequests – shape the world and affect the ultimate ending of Cyberpunk 2077.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is a puzzle game from Sega that mashes up Japan’s popular Puyo Puyo franchise with Tetris. Like in the first game, players can enjoy a solo Adventure mode (now with a new Overworld map to navigate between puzzle stages), local Versus competitions, and ranked Online matches.
New in Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is the Skill Battle mode that features a character progression system and Item Cards that provide special abilities during battles.
Immortals: Fenyx Rising – previously known as Gods and Monsters – is an upcoming third-person action-adventure game from Ubisoft. Players take on the role of the titular Fenyx, a winged demigod, and embark on a quest to save the Greek gods from a dark curse. Fenyx can be played as male or female with a customizable appearance.
Fenyx Rising features a stylized open world across seven unique regions that can be freely explored and offers side-quests and puzzles outside of the main storyline. The player can upgrade Fenyx’s gear and skills, and acquire powerful godlike gifts such as the sword of Achilles or the bow of Odysseus.
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate combines the previously released Kombat Pack 1, the Aftermath expansion, and the upcoming Kombat Pack 2 that includes Mileena, Rain, and Rambo for a total of 37 playable fighters. This number encompasses all add-on fighters like Shao Kahn, Shang Tsung, Nightwolf, Terminator, Sindel, The Joker, Spawn, Fujin, Sheeva, and RoboCop.
This new complete version of the game runs on next-gen consoles and supports cross-play for select game modes. Free upgrades from Xbox One and PS4 to their next-gen counterparts will be available starting November 17.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a direct sequel to Call of Duty: Black Ops that drops the players into the volatile geopolitical battle of the 1980s. In the single-player campaign, players will face historical figures and hunt a shadowy figure named Perseus across iconic locations such as like East Berlin, Vietnam, Turkey, and Soviet KGB headquarters.
Single-player aside, Black Ops Cold War allows the players to employ their Cold War arsenal of weapons and equipment in the Zombies co-op mode. The upcoming game also shares progression with the battle royale title Warzone, including battle pass progression and inventory items that can be used in both titles.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is an action-adventure game developed by Insomniac Games exclusively for PlayStation. Story-wise, it picks up where Marvel’s Spider-Man and its DLC The City that Never Sleeps left off, with teenager Miles Morales being bitten by a genetically enhanced spider and gaining powers similar to Peter Parker’s.
Releasing alongside Miles Morales is the remastered first Marvel’s Spider-Man game with all its DLC. It won’t be available for purchase separately, however: players will have to buy either the Miles Morales Ultimate Edition for PS5, which includes a copy of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered, or buy the regular Miles Morales edition for PS4 and acquire Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered as a paid upgrade.
Norse-themed Assassin’s Creed Valhalla brings raiding, settlement building, and more advanced RPG elements to the franchise. The game’s story centers around Eivor: a fierce viking raider and member of the Assassins, who alongside his or her clan sails from the harsh Norway in search of richer lands. Arriving on the shores of England, Eivor’s clan establishes a village that will prosper and grow as a consequence of the player’s efforts. From this settlement the Vikings can launch brutal raids against Saxon fortresses throughout the lands.
While Valhalla is a single player game, it does have some online components. For example, it is possible to create and share custom mercenaries – Jomsviking – that can then be recruited by the player’s friends and fight alongside them in their campaign.
Destiny 2: Beyond Light is an upcoming expansion to the Destiny 2 universe. Guardians will brave Jupiter’s frozen moon of Europa and wield a new power of Stasis against the empire of Fallen. Rooted in Darkness, Stasis is based around manipulating time and opens up new subclasses and supers.
Before the release of Beyond Light, Bungie is launching a new Season of Arrivals that will span June 9 through September 21. It involves a Pyramid ship arriving above Jupiter’s moon Io and includes events and rewards to prepare for the upcoming war against the Darkness.
Destiny 2: Beyond Light is available in five editions: Standard, Standard + Season, Deluxe, Collector’s, and Stranger. Each of these comes with a bonus pre-order DLC pictured below.
XIII is a remake of the 2003 first-person shooter based on an eponymous graphic novel. You play as an elite soldier Thirteen, who wakes up in a deserted beach without any memories but still in possession of his skills. As you set off to uncover your past, you soon learn that you played a role in the murder of the President of the United States of America.
True to its comic book heritage, XIII features a cel-shaded art style, onomatopoeia sound effects, and speech bubbles. The game’s solo campaign includes a total of 34 levels, and there is a PvP multiplayer mode as well.
Fuser is an upcoming rhythm game from Harmonix, the makers of titles like Rock Band and Dance Central. Players step into the shoes of a DJ and make mixes for a virtual audience, scoring points when they add new tracks in time to the beat and play songs requested by the audience.
The game features multiple modes: Campaign Play, Freestyle Play, Multiplayer, and Social Sharing. Over 100 songs across various genres are included in Fuser, and three more are added as a pre-order bonus.
Developed by the two-man team of Edelweiss, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a cross-genre title that combines side-scrolling combat with a crafting and farming simulation. It follows a young harvest goddess Sakuna, who is banished from the celestial capital, where she lived in lazy luxury, to an untamed island teeming with demonic beasts. There, she finds her calling farming rice and bettering the lives of the mortals in the local mountain village. The game is inspired by Japanese mythology, albeit with some original twists, and features a charming cel-shaded art style.