September is a relative wasteland for big studio releases, but no need to fear! With autumn comes falling leaves and a plethora of highly anticipated new titles. Buy your Mountain Dew Game Fuel and Doritos in advance for this list of upcoming big studio games.
Release Date: Oct. 29
Available on: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia, Microsoft Windows
Ubisoft was supposed to release Watchdogs: Legion in early March of this year, but that was pushed back like everything else. Now the game will drop right before Halloween to let players live out their revolutionary fantasies.
It will allow players to fight corporate fascists and criminals in a perfect map of London set in the near future. They’ll be able to play as anybody off the street, each of whom has their own set of skills, from brawling soccer hooligans to construction workers with cargo drones. In addition, players can hack technology with their cellphones to accomplish their tasks. Take back the power!
Release Date: Nov. 13
Available on: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC
Treyarch and Activision/Blizzard are releasing Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, just in time for finals. CoD: Cold War takes place in 1981, the height of tensions between the US and Soviet Union.
In classic Cold War style, the developers aren’t saying much about what the game will be like. With any other game, this would be a bad sign, but this is the Cold War. What we do know is that players will be tasked to eliminate the KGB operative “Perseus” before “something big” happens to the United States. Knowing CoD, it’s a nuke. The game also promises to have an excellent zombies mode, something which Treyarch has always done well.
Release Date: Nov. 19
Available on: Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, Google Stadia, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Also just in time for finals, CD Projekt Red will release the long awaited and delayed Cyberpunk 2077. Created by the developers of Witcher 3, the game is probably the most hyped release all year -- likely because Keanu Reeves plays a pivotal character in the game (YOU’RE breathtaking).
Cyberpunk 2077 promises to be a masterful open-world roleplaying game, where players can be anything from a lowly street rat to a corporate money man. Either way, the music slaps, it looks gorgeous, and we just can’t wait for this game.
Release Date: TBD
Available on: Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC
An honorable mention must go to Halo Infinite, which was supposed to be released this holiday season as a launch title for the Xbox Series X.
However, all that’s come out of Microsoft at this point are three trailers and an eight-minute gameplay video, which mainly showed off the fact that the new game consoles are going to have great graphics.
Maybe with Joseph Staten returning to the franchise as project lead, this game will release before I’m 30. Maybe I won’t be utterly crushed and disappointed when it eventually does. Maybe.