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Video game releases for September 2016

ReCore, Forza Horizon 3, NBA 2K17 headline the month

Below are some of the big video game releases for the month of September 2016. Be sure to check out the list we put together of our most anticipated games of 2016 and 25 games for the summer of 2016. Also, check out the free games for Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus subscribers in September.

What are you looking forward to playing? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.

Note: Only games with specific dates are listed below. Some games are announced for September but have no firm release date.

September 6:


The Tomorrow Children (PlayStation 4) — The Tomorrow Children is set in a post-apocalyptic dystopia themed to resemble the Soviet Union. The story follows the aftermath of a failed experiment to unite all human consciousness. In this sandbox-style adventure, players will rebuild civilization in the Void — all that's left of the world — and mine materials for survival, all while holding off giant, otherworldly monsters that threaten to destroy what's left of humanity. Also, you can fight off Kaiju with rocket launchers.

September 8:


Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice (Nintendo 3DS) — Joining Phoenix Wright in his latest courtroom drama is his fellow defense attorney Apollo Justice, as well as other colleagues. The game will take place in the fictional land of Khura'in, a mystical kingdom that will require Phoenix and Apollo to get in touch with their spiritual sides — since its court system typically uses lawyerless trials. Spirit of Justice features new gameplay involving conducting séances in order to help solve cases. Despite that supernatural difference, Capcom promises that much of the game will be familiar to longtime players of the puzzle-adventure series. A demo for the game is now available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.

Read our review.

September 13:


BioShock: The Collection PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One) — The BioShock series is one of the most beloved trilogies of the previous console generation, and with no sign of another entry in the franchise coming anytime soon, it makes sense for publisher 2K Games to bring BioShock, BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite to the current generation with a fresh coat of paint. Good news for Windows PC players, if you own BioShock and BioShock 2, you'll get the upgraded visuals for free. Check out our feature where we interviewed BioShock creator Ken Levine about his past, his fears and his irrational process.


Dead Rising Triple Pack (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) — Dead Rising publisher Capcom is marking the series’ 10th anniversary by bringing the franchise’s three last-generation entries to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The three new ports will include all of the respective games’ add-on costumes, and will offer "updated graphics" in 1080p at 60 frames per second. The original Dead Rising will be available on PC via Steam, as well as on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Dead Rising 2 and Off the Record are coming only to the consoles. Dead Rising 4 is set to be released Dec. 6 on Windows PC and Xbox One. For more, read our E3 preview.


NHL 17 (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) — After starting off the generation in disastrous fashion, the makers of the NHL franchise got back on track last year. Their struggles in getting off the ground have frustrated fans, but have also laid the groundwork for what is hopefully the series’ first big leap forward in a while. The developers finally have the chance to recapture the series’ past glory with NHL 17. The game's trailer features better goalies and more defensive tools for players.

Read our review.


Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 (PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One) — The newest spin on the Pac-Man formula adds ghost-bumping — ghosts won’t be fatal to the touch until they’re bumped into — and giant boss battles to the colorful, high-speed style of the Championship Edition games. Two videos are available for your viewing pleasure, one will teach you the basics and the other is 17 minutes of gameplay.


Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One) — This year's installment looks to improve upon goalies, first touches and will have an adaptive AI that will adjust tactics based on its opponent's play style.


ReCore (Windows PC and Xbox One) — Keiji Inafune's Mighty No. 9 was a bit of a disappointment to Mega Man fans, but developer Comcept is looking to redeem itself with this project. The game's protagonist, Joule Adams, has volunteered to help colonize a far-flung alien world and, after waking from a centuries long cryosleep, finds "Far Eden" to be a deserted wasteland. With the help of her adorable robotic companions, Joule must unravel the mystery of this world and what happened while apparently shooting the crap out of aggressive alien robots. The latest trailer shows off some of the Joule's robot assistant companions and a bit of gameplay.

Read our review.


The Witness (Xbox One) — The Witness was a financial success on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC and now Xbox One owners will get the chance to play the open-world puzzle game. In our feature, we interviewed its creator, Jonathan Blow, and his team at Thekla Inc. about the challenges they faced in making the game. Check out our review and our walkthrough.

September 16:


Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (Nintendo 3DS) — Way back in 2013, the 2001 PlayStation game Dragon Warrior 7 got an extensive Nintendo 3DS remake in Japan that upgraded the entire game from 2D to 3D, added a ton of new content, and updated the battle system to feature visible enemy encounters rather than random encounters. Now, three years later, the 3DS version of the enormous JRPG is coming to North America, featuring a fully rewritten localization from Square Enix. Watch 14 minutes of gameplay from the English version of the game, as we check the game's new "Traveller's Tablets" system that allows you to generate dungeons using three enemies of your choosing.

Read our review.

September 20:


Destiny: Rise of Iron (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) — With Destiny's fourth expansion, Rise of Iron, developer Bungie looks to reinvigorate the game's player base. But will the add-on introduce meaningful changes, or just serve as a stopgap until the full sequel next year? Here's what we know so far about the game and what exclusive content is coming to PlayStation 4 players.

Read our review.


NBA 2K17 (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One) — NBA 2K17 is focused on giving players more control than ever on the court. The standard version of the game features Indiana Pacers star Paul George on the cover while the "legend edition" features Kobe Bryant.

Read our review.


Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse (Nintendo 3DS) — Set during the events of Shin Megami Tensei 4, the 2013 3DS game that we named one of the handheld's best, Atlus said that playing the earlier game isn't required to understand Apocalypse. In a post-apocalyptic Tokyo, the game's hero is killed by a demon, only to be resurrected by a god who asks for his loyalty in exchange. Players will again fight demons, and fuse them together, to survive, as is typical for the series. Watch the announcement trailer to see what the Apocalypse has in store for fans.

Read our review.

September 27:


FIFA 17 (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One) — New engine, new league, new story mode, new focus on esports, a blond Lionel Messi — what else could you ask for?

Read our review.


Forza Horizon 3 (Windows PC and Xbox One) — The third installment of Forza's action-racing spinoff will be set in Australia and promises the largest car roster and open world environment the series has seen yet. Forza Horizon 3 will also support Microsoft's Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, offering cross-platform functionality between the Xbox One and PC versions; buyers of either version will be able to play the other for free. Weekly competitions for big prizes will begin in October.

Read our review.

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XCOM 2 (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) — It looks like XCOM 2 is coming to current generation consoles after all. Released in February of this year, XCOM 2 is the sequel to the series reboot developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K. The turn-based tactical game was initially met with rave reviews — including here at Polygon — but unlike its predecessor was only released for Linux, Mac and Windows PC. While it launched with a robust modding system, controller support was also conspicuously absent. Hopefully Bob Ross makes an appearance in the console ports.

September 30:


Yo-Kai Watch 2 (Nintendo 3DS) — With this sequel, Level-5 will release two editions of Yo-Kai Watch 2, Fleshy Souls and Bony Spirits, both of which allow players to earn a different rare medal. The title will also reveal the origins behind the mysterious accessory protagonist Keita uses to interact with ghosts. He and his friends will travel back in time to Japan's early 20th-century Showa era, meet a new ghost-taming boy named Keizo and face off against a powerful demon. The game will also include new events for Keita, including climbing trees to hunt for new ghosts and bicycle races. Those who already played the original Yo-Kai Watch will also have the opportunity to bond with unique returning ghosts in Yo-Kai Watch 2.

Read our review.

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