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Splatoon, Last of Us and 8 other games will be released in September 2022

2022 has been a mixed bag in terms of major game releases. The year started strong with titles like Ring of Elden and Pokemon Legends: Arceus, but the general conversation has largely shifted to smaller or more specialized titles for spring and summer. However, like previous years, fall 2022 is set to be a huge season for video game releases, with popular franchises and highly anticipated titles launching in the next two months.

September kicks off the fall with a bang with plenty of games sure to please all kinds of gamers, ranging from remakes and annual titles to long-awaited sequels and thrilling indies.

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Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R brings a PS3 fighting game to a new audience

Released September 2 on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch

Fans of the anime and manga should not miss JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R, a remaster of a PlayStation 3 game that also adds new content. In it, players can battle using a roster of over 50 characters from the series like Jonathan Joestar, Dio Brando, and Will A. Zeppeli, with more planned for DLC. The original game was praised by both Japanese and Western outlets for its faithfulness to the source material, although balancing issues led to several updates. The remaster will make some changes and adjustments to the combat system, hopefully allowing All-Star Battle R to find some success in the ever-popular fighting game scene.

The Last of Us Part I rebuilds a modern classic

Released September 2 for PlayStation 5, PC version launching at a later date

One of the best video games ever made is getting a current-gen remake that takes full advantage of modern hardware capabilities. While many have questioned the need for The last of us First part considering that both the original game and its PlayStation 4 remaster are relatively new, there’s no denying that it looks good. First part is not just a remaster, but a top-to-bottom remake that improves the game’s visual and technical elements to make the experience more immersive. It also adds a permadeath mode that gives the player a single chance to get through the game’s many threats. Perhaps most excitingly, The Last of Us Part I will come to PC, though there’s still no word on when more players will be able to experience this masterpiece.

Steelrising is a French Revolution-era Soulslike with a mechanical twist

Released September 8 on PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S

Fans of Soulslikes and alternate fictional stories won’t want to miss Steelrise, a challenging action-RPG set during the French Revolution that pits players against the mechanical army of King Louis XVI. Developed by Spiders, the studio behind GreedFall, players will control Aegis, an automaton who must single-handedly take on the king’s army and face historical allies and foes like Marie-Antoinette, the Marquis de Lafayette, and Robespierre. Players will have plenty of options to shape Aegis to suit their playstyle and ensure the success of the Revolution.

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Released September 9 on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch

The latest game in the annual basketball simulation series will be launching soon. NBA 2K23 will bring back the realistic sports gameplay and cutting-edge graphics that fans love while adding new features and modes. New this year is Triple Threat Online: Co-Op, a MyTEAM mode that lets players compete in 3v3 matches with friends. NBA 2K23 bring back too 2K11‘s Jordan Challenge, which gives players a chance to relive iconic moments from Michael Jordan’s legendary career.

Splatoon 3 takes Nintendo’s shooter series to new heights

Released September 9 on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo’s unique take on the third-person shooter genre has quickly become one of its biggest franchises, and the company is looking to continue that success with Splatoon 3. The new game brings back the fast, ink-splatter gameplay of its predecessors and combines it with new weapons and modes. With a new single-player story mode, innovative three-team Splatfests, Tabletturf Battle, and more, Splaton 3 looks like an exciting sequel that shows just how creative the series is.

Released September 15 on PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S

Metal: Hellsinger recently won the Gamescom 2022 awards for Most Wanted PC Game and Best Action Game, and for good reason. The game mixes LOSSFPS-style gameplay and a hellish theme with rhythmic elements, creating a new take on a beloved formula. Between an epic story told by Troy Baker, challenging gameplay that gets more intense as you sync to the beat, and an original soundtrack featuring vocals from metal icons like System of a Down’s Serj Tankian and Alissa Arch Enemy’s White-Gluz, Metal: Hellsinger will allow players to fight through hordes of demons in style.

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Return to Monkey Island is a new 30-year-old release in the works

Released September 19 on PC and Nintendo Switch

After more than a decade of silence since the monkey island franchise, the long-awaited sixth installment is finally releasing this month. Back to Monkey Island is a point-and-click adventure game that will take the series back to its roots, continuing where 1991 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge left under the direction of series creator Ron Gilbert. First looks at the sequel have fans divided, with some criticizing Back to Monkey IslandGilbert’s new art style and Gilbert himself claiming that the ending will be controversial, but despite this, the game seems to pick up on the series’ classic gameplay and comedic tone while making its puzzles accessible to newcomers and casual gamers alike.

Diofield’s Chronicle Could Be Square Enix’s Fire Emblem

Released September 20 on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch

One of two Square Enix games released this month that was announced during the PlayStation State of Play March 2022, The Diofield Chronicle seems to be Square’s answer to XCOM and fire emblem. A strategy RPG with real-time tactical elements, the game is set on a war-torn continent, where a group of mercenaries called the Blue Foxes are at odds with various warring factions. A demo is currently available for PlayStation 4 and 5.

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Valkyrie Elysium offers its own take on Ragnarök and Norse mythology

Released September 29 on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, PC version released November 11

Over a decade after the last non-mobile entry in the series, Square Enix Valkyrie Elysee releases this month on PlayStation 4 and 5. This action-JRPG has players taking on the role of a young Valkyrie born from the remaining power of the All-Father as she uncovers the secrets of Ragnarök. With various companions, weapons and a fearsome enemy in the giant wolf Fenrir, Valkyrie Elysee promises another take on Norse mythology before God of War Ragnarök Later this year.

FIFA 23 is the conclusion of a 30-year partnership

Out September 30 on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and Stadia, with early access starting September 27 for those who purchase the Ultimate Edition

Another annual sports title is launching this month – and this one marks the end of an era. FIFA 23 will be the latest collaboration between football’s international governing body and EA, with future games set to release under the EA Sports FC label and FIFA looking for another development partner. The 30th game in the series will bring back the realistic football simulation that has fans coming back with crossplay, career mode updates, game modes to commemorate the upcoming 2022 World Cup and the long-awaited introduction of the women’s club soccer. With many leagues, stadiums, clubs and licensed players, FIFA 23 is an opportunity for EA to end the series in style.