Welcome to the 24th monthly anticipated release list. Despite following E3, July is pretty low-key on releases compared to other months. Still, there are games releasing to get excited about. Let’s get into the rules.
The game has to be released on at least one of the major systems (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch). The game has to be new, so no remasters or re-releases onto new systems. One thing I do count is a game either entering or exiting early access, but that game can only be counted once. If a game does have multiple release dates like Destiny 2 or GTA 5, then I will only count the earliest release date. The exception to that is if the game has a pre-order bonus of entering the game early, in which I will count its normal release date. Finally, it has to be a game, not a DLC. With the rules out of the way, let's look at my top picks for July.
5. Fire Emblem Three Houses
Fire Emblem Three Houses is the next game in the Fire Emblem series by Intelligent Systems and Koei Tecmo Games about three factions who were once at peace going to war with each other. I still haven’t played a Fire Emblem game yet, but I think if I were to start anywhere, it would be this one. From the sounds of it, this game is making more drastic changes to its gameplay, offering a free roam area, side activities, and more. Plus, I always love a good turn-based strategy game. FIre Emblem Three Houses will be out on the Switch when the 26th rolls around.
Griftlands is a deck-building rogue-lite by Klei Entertainment about trying to make a living in a sci-fi world through stealing, fighting, and persuasion. I remember seeing this game at a previous E3 and getting excited over its gameplay potential, world, and art style. That potential still seems intact with the most recent trailer, and I am excited to see where I can go with the game. On top of that, I am intrigued with the addition of cards into the mix, and I think it could offer unique combat situations. Griftlands will be out in alpha on the 11th for PC.
3. Night Call
Black Muffin and Monkey Moon’s newest game is a mystery noir game about a cab driver in Paris trying to solve a murder case while trying to balance a work life. Ever since its showing at E3 2018, the game’s noir setting and story interested me. Recently, Night Call has shown story generation and gameplay mechanics involving the balancing of work and being a detective, which makes the game sound even more promising. Night Call will be out for PC on the 17th and more systems at a later date.
2. Sea of Solitude
Joi-Mei’s newest game is Sea of Solitude, an adventure game about a young woman trying to survive against monsters in a submerged city. I remember this game being the only interesting thing to come out of EA’s press conference last year, and I am glad the game is going to see the light of day knowing EA’s track record. This game attracted me with its setting and art style, and I am curious as to how they will handle the story. This game is releasing on the 5th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
1. Wolfenstein Youngblood
Machine Game’s newest entry into the Wolfenstein reboot series follows the twin daughters of BJ Blazkowicz as they shoot, stab, and overall obliterate their way through Paris in search of their father. After resting on my thoughts of Wolfenstein 2, I have been a bit more skeptical of the series, as for I think taking a more cinematic and political approach to the series hurt the The New Colossus. Despite that, I am still excited for this game, and I think the new gameplay features shown like co-op and deeper progression systems show a game worth playing. Youngblood will be out for all four systems on the 26th.
That is going to wrap up this list. Thank you for reading, and tune in next month for a new batch of games.