Summer is ending and school is starting—but don’t worry, there are tons of high-profile game releases happening this month.
While there are a few games that offer open betas, like casual MMO Palia, sci-fi trading card NFT game Parallel, and Yuga Labs’ Legends of the Mara, there are also several major AAA titles that will fully launch in September. Here’s a look at the biggest video games releasing in September 2023.
Starfield is an ambitious sci-fi action role-playing game (ARPG) from Fallout and The Elder Scrolls (Skyrim) developer Bethesda Game Studios. Starfield is the studio’s first new IP in nearly 30 years, and its trailer and gameplay shots have generated a lot of excitement online.
The game lets players embark on virtual space exploration, customize spaceships and characters, create their own backstory, and explore over 1,000 planets – 100 of which will have some form of life.
Starfield will release on September 6th for most players, but Premium Edition buyers can access the game as early as September 1st. The game will be released for Windows PC and Xbox Series X and S, with Xbox Game Pass subscribers having access at launch.
mortal kombat 1
As the name suggests, Mortal Kombat 1 is the 12th installment in the classic fighting game series, which will release on September 14 for Windows PC, Xbox Series X and S, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch. Mortal Kombat 1 will offer 20 playable characters. launch, featuring some of the original retro fighters from the franchise such as Johnny Cage, Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Raiden.
A screenshot from Mortal Kombat 1. Image: Warner Bros.
Mortal Kombat 1 looks promising, offering polished AAA-quality animation and plenty of magic and splashes of blood. The NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. game is rolling out what looks like a bloody 2023 update to the classic series, offering 1v1 combat with a range of different backgrounds.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
Cyberpunk 2077, the open-world ARPG from CD Projekt Red, was first released in 2020, but its Phantom Liberty expansion is expected to be a substantial addition. After an initially poor launch for the base game, it’s quite possible that Phantom Liberty could provide the overhaul it needs for players to fall in love once again.
The Phantom Liberty expansion will provide players with new game environments as well as more quests or “gigs”, new cosmetics, and new in-game gadgets. Notably, the expansion will also introduce vehicular combat, allowing gamers to shoot while driving, deploy weapons attached to their cars, and hack other vehicles to destroy them. A significant free Cyberpunk 2077 game update will also launch on the same date for all players, whether or not they purchase the expansion.
EA Sports FC 24
Love Football? Electronic Arts is releasing its next soccer sim, EA Sports FC 24, on September 29th. Ultimate Edition buyers, however, will get early access to the game on September 22nd. EA Sports FC 24 will be available for Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation. 4/5, and Xbox One and Series X and S.
EA Sports FC 24 is the first EA soccer game to be released after the studio ended its long-standing partnership with FIFA last year. Unlike its FIFA-branded predecessors, EA Sports FC 24 will let gamers add female players to their teams to fight alongside males. It also has a massive roster of 19,000 licensed players and 100 different stadiums.
Back in June, Nike announced that its .swoosh NFT brand would be integrated into future EA Sports games. However, it is unclear in which games such NFTs would be usable. EA told IGN In June it said it was not “offering NFTs” but only “collaborating with Nike” to explore how to bring .swoosh items “into future EA Sports experiences”. Could stay tuned!
Want some NBA action before the next season begins? NBA 2K24 is a basketball simulation video game that will be published by 2K Games on September 8 for Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, PlayStation 4/5 and Switch.
The officially licensed game will offer a huge list of NBA and WNBA players to choose from. Players will be able to collect virtual card packs and trade them online—but no, they’re not NFTs. NBA 2K24 will also include new badges and shooting, adrenaline boosts and takeovers. For the first time in the game series’ history, cross-play will be available for the latest generation of consoles – meaning all players on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S can compete against each other.
Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis
Final Fantasy fans rejoice—a new mobile game is on the way. Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis is an Android and iOS game releasing on September 7th. The free-to-play RPG will offer gacha or loot box-style mechanics for weapons and gear, as well as new character costumes.
Ever Crisis will bring three new stories and reveal more details about the young Sephiroth’s background and origins. But Ever Crysis will also feature an amalgamation of several FF7 titles, including lore and elements from the original PlayStation classic and spinoffs The First Soldier, Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII, Crysis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII . And even the movie “Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.”