Your Fall 2016 Video Game Release Guide

A comprehensive look at the massive blockbuster and notable indie games releasing over the next few months

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We’re finally nearing the end of the summer doldrums, that tenuous time of year where the industry takes a collective break and we go for multi-week stretch without anything particualrly new or notable releasing in the video game space.

Of course, the one downside to this is the sudden landslide of games scheduled to come out during the fall and into the holiday season. To help you keep things straight, here’s a handy guide highlighting the release dates of several notable triple-A, indie, and hardware standouts.

AUGUST

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - 8/23

The upcoming sequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Mankind Divided drops the player in a world where tensions between normal and augmented humans have reached a boiling point. Read our Deus Ex: Mankind Divided preview to learn more.

No Man’s Sky (PS4, PC) - 8/9 

It feels like forever since we first saw Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky, and this month, we’ll finally be able to take to the skies and explore a near-infinite amount of planets within a randomly-generated galaxy.

Overcooked (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - 8/3

Chaotic, goofy, and charming, Overcooked is pure co-op bliss. Work with your friends to fulfill orders and deliver them on time--even if it means braving grueling environments and challenges to do so. Read our Overcooked preview to learn more.

Batman: A Telltale Games Adventure Series Episode 1 (All Platforms) - 8/2

Telltale’s latest goes behind the cowl to explore more about Bruce Wayne, the playboy billionare who moonlights as The Dark Knight. Read our Batman: Episode One review to learn more.

Abzu (PS4, PC) - 8/2
The Newly-Designed Xbox One S Console - 8/2
Brutal (PS4) - 8/9
Bound (PS4) - 8/16
Grow Up (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - 8/16
Okhlos (PC) - 8/18
Metroid Prime: Federation Force (3DS) - 8/19
Madden NFL 17 (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC) - 8/23
Valley (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - 8/23

SEPTEMBER

XCOM 2 (PS4, Xbox One) - 9/27

Taking place several years after the events of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM 2 pits humans against aliens as a scrappy resistance force attempts to liberate Earth. Read our XCOM 2 review to learn more.

Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One, PC) - 9/27

Take control of the prestigious Horizon Festival in Forza Horizon 3 and explore the Australian outback in hundreds of the world’s best cars. To learn more, check out our Forza Horizon 3 E3 2016 interview.

Final Fantasy XV (PS4, Xbox One) - 9/30

Final Fantasy returns with the Versus XIII-turned sequel XV. Join the prince Noctis and his friends as they set out to save their world from a great threat.

BioShock: The Collection (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - 9/13
ReCore (Xbox One, PC) - 9/13
NHL 17 (Xbox One, PS4) - 9/13
Adr1ft (Xbox One) - 9/16
Dragon Quest VII (3DS) - 9/16
Destiny: Rise of Iron (Xbox One, PS4) - 9/20
NBA 2K17 (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - 9/20
Darkest Dungeon (PS4, Vita) - 9/27
Yo-Kai Watch 2 (3DS) - 9/30

OCTOBER

PlayStation VR - 10/13

Sony’s entry into the virtual reality space releases on October 13 as one of the more affordable high-end headsets. Used with the player's PS4, the PSVR will launch with up to 50 games by the end of the year.

Mafia 3 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

Return to the bayou as a war veteran in Mafia 3 to violently settle a score with the mob of 1960’s America. 

Battlefield 1 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - 10/21

Go back in time to the trenches of World War I in Battlefield 1. Take advantage of unique weapons, strategies, maps, and vehicles as you navigate the violent and brutal nature of the Great War.

The Last Guardian (PS4) - 10/25

A game almost ten years in the making, The Last Guardian has been at the top of most anticipated lists for for a long, long time. A sibling to Shadow of the Colossus and Ico, The Last Guardian has some pretty high expectations to meet.

Dragon Quest Builders (PS4, Vita) - 10/11
Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4) - 10/11
WWE 2K17 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - 10/11
Battlefield 1 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - 10/21
Civilization VI (PC) - 10/21
The Last Guardian (PS4) - 10/25
World of Final Fantasy (PS4, Vita) - 10/25
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - 10/28
Titanfall 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - 10/28

NOVEMBER

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - 11/4

While Battlefield goes into the past, Call of Duty is jumping into the future by adding space combat into the mix. If fighter ships are what you’ve been missing from a Call of Duty game, Infinite Warfare may be your flavor.

Dishonored 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - 11/11

It’s been several years since Corvo Attano saved the young empress Emily, and now she’s taken up the same stealthy, murderous lifestyle as our masked vigilante. New abilities and unique stealth options are available to you in this anticipated sequel to Arkane’s breakout original.

Watch Dogs 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - 11/15
Pokemon Sun/Pokemon Moon (3DS) - 11/18

DECEMBER

South Park: The Fractured, But Whole (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - 12/6

Trey Parker and Matt Stone return fresh off the success of The Stick of Truth to deliver more irreverant humor, this time with a superhero influence.

Gravity Rush 2 (PS4) - 12/2
Dead Rising 4 (Xbox One, PC) - 12/6

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From The Chatty

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    August 7, 2016 4:00 PM

    Cassidee Moser posted a new article, Your Fall 2016 Video Game Release Guide

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      August 7, 2016 4:20 PM

      NMS is on the 12th for PC, not the 9th.

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        August 7, 2016 4:21 PM

        and it is not "randomly" generated, it is "procedurally" generated.

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          August 8, 2016 4:30 AM

          Semantics. You're correct in that there is a difference, but "randomly generated" is more commonly understood by consumers. It's a common usage and suits its purpose fine.

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            August 8, 2016 6:21 AM

            We all love to hate RNG!

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            August 8, 2016 6:34 AM

            It's not semantics at all. It's just incorrect statement.

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              August 8, 2016 6:37 AM

              Even Wikipedia acknowledges procedural generation is also referred to as random generation; not sure why this is such a contested point

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            August 8, 2016 2:21 PM

            I would think that semantics would matter in professional writing.

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      August 7, 2016 5:41 PM

      Anyone know if the PC Bioshock versions have been prettified too or is it just the stuff going on the XBone and PS4?

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        August 7, 2016 5:43 PM

        Pc versions of bs1 and bs2 are being pimped, infinite stays the same since its already pimped out

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        August 8, 2016 4:28 AM

        BioShock 1 and 2 will get a makeover on PC. If you already own those games on Steam, you'll get the update as a free download.

        Infinite will NOT receive an upgrade on PC, as 2K says that that version already has every bell and whistle that they want to add to the current-gen console ports.

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          August 8, 2016 6:52 AM

          Do you know if will it be another game on the list like with the skyrim remaster or will it be a patch for the original games?
          Because i would really like to keep the originals untouched.

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      August 7, 2016 7:37 PM

      Pumped about Deus Ex Mankind Divided. Here's some PC gameplay:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVD7ksvxgP0

      I just finished my third playthrough of Human Revolution in preparation.

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      August 7, 2016 7:38 PM

      I've played some overcooked last week for a couple hours, definitely one of the best couch coop games

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      August 7, 2016 10:12 PM

      You missed god eater 1 remake and god eater 2 on Aug 30th

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      August 8, 2016 11:41 AM

      Damn that is a monster list! My body is ready.