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Best New Games – September 2023

Strap yourself in for September 2023, another big month on the gaming calendar. You can expect the latest batch of releases to take up your free time and perform a fatality on your bank account. Following years of wait, Starfield finally takes flight for PC and Xbox. It’s a tough pill to swallow for PlayStation owners, but there’s still plenty of action across all platforms. You can unleash your inner sadist in Mortal Kombat 1 or drive in style in the latest entry of The Crew franchise. Sports fans may appreciate EA Sports FC 24 and NBA 2K24, even if the latter features a concerning pay-to-win season pass.

Best New Games Releasing in September 2023

Over on the RPG front, there’s new content for Cyberpunk 2077. Yes, that means more Keanu, and a substantial expansion for the latest generation of Pokémon games. Find all this and more, including a violent take on the classic Pinocchio tale, in our monthly rundown of the best new games.


Fondly described as Skyrim in space, Starfield is the next big Bethesda RPG and the studio’s first new franchise in 25 years. Set amongst the stars where humanity has settled new planets, you join the last group of explorers seeking rare artefacts and answers to the greatest mystery.

Create any character you want, and explore with unparalleled freedom, piloting your ship to countless planets brimming with bustling cities, dangerous bases and exotic landscapes. There’s a brand new universe waiting to be discovered. Starfield is available on day one for Game Pass subscribers at no extra cost.

Platforms: PC, Xbox
Release date: September 6

The Crew: Motorfest

Fill the driving bucket list of your dreams in The Crew: Motorfest. Explore the vibrant open-world island of O’ahu, Hawaii. Join high-speed street races through the bustling city of Honolulu, test your skills off-road on the ashy slopes of a volcano, or master the perfect curve on the dedicated tracks.

There are hundreds of cars to collect, including American muscle, Japanese street racers and legendary rides from the past. Master every challenge to expand your collection.

From September 14 to 17, a five-hour free trial is available for The Crew: Motorfest, where all progress carries over to the full game.

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Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox
Release date: September 14

Mortal Kombat 1

Is it a sequel or a reboot? Either way, Mortal Kombat 1 looks equal parts brutal and gorgeous. Another step up for the fan-favourite series. 

Now wielding god-like powers, Liu Kang reshapes the MK universe, shaking up the origin stories of a familiar roster of fighters. There are also a few new faces, and your chosen contestants are now assisted by Kameo fighters, who add new layers to battles and a tag-team approach to Fatalities.

The first DLC pack has also been revealed and features popular comic book villains Homelander from The Boys, Peacemaker from The Suicide Squad, and Omni-Man from Invincible

Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch
Release date: September 14-19

EA Sports FC 24

It’s a new era for The World’s Game. EA Sports FC 24 is the first football game from EA in a long while not to feature the FIFA licence. Yet, there are no signs that things are slowing down. 

Over 19,000+ fully licensed players, 700+ teams, and 30+ leagues come together for a stadium-filling experience. An updated engine allows for in-game accuracy that reflects the real-world action of your favourite team and players across Ultimate Team, Volta and Career mode, among others. Game on!

Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch
Release date: September 29

NBA 2K24

Grab your squad and experience hoops culture’s past, present, and future in NBA 2K24. The latest entry in the popular series honours Kobe Bryant with the inclusion of Mamba Moments, a new game mode that covers the late legend’s illustrious career.

MyCareer mode heats up as you ascend from rising talent to a hall of famer, chasing greatness and championships. The MyTeam classic card-collecting mode returns so you can dominate solo and crossplay multiplayer with an all-star lineup. We’ll see you on the court.

Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch
Release date: September 8

DLC – Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty

Phantom Liberty is the first and possibly last major expansion for Cyberpunk 2077. It’s described as a spy thriller where your protagonist, V, embarks on a high-stakes mission of espionage and intrigue to save the NUSA president. 

There’s a new district to explore – Dogtown, a region brimming with secrets and opportunities, a new skill tree, cyberware, weapons and vehicles. Keanu Reeves returns as Johnny Silverhand, and Idris Elba joins the cast as Solomon Reed, a new ally for V. 

Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox
Release date: September 26

DLC – Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero Part 1: The Teal Mask

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet score new content in The Teal Mask expansion, the first of two major content packs for the latest generation of Pokémon games.

Step out of the Paldea region as you take a school trip to the land of Kitakami. There, you’ll meet new people and Pokémon while unravelling the mysteries behind the area’s folk tales. Expect hundreds of new and returning Pokémon, including legendaries and ghost-types.

Platform: Switch
Release date: September 13

Payday 3

Payday 3 is the much-anticipated sequel to one of the most popular co-op shooters ever. Step out of retirement and back into the life of crime. Reform your crew of criminals and revel in the thrill of perfectly planned and executed heists.

Choice is in the hands of the players. Decide how to tackle heists, whether sneaking or guns blazing. Let your hostages go, or keep them around as pawns. Go at it alone or bring friends. Gain experience, unlock new skills and gain proficiency in weapons to steadily grow your power to handle the tougher challenges.

Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox
Release date: September 21

Lies of P

Dark Souls meets Pinocchio in Lies of P. This strange yet stunning mashup is an action souls-like set in a dark Belle Époque world. As the puppet P, players must wind their way through the streets of the ruined city of Krat, crafting weapons, interacting with others and making profound narrative choices on an unrelenting journey to become human.

The more lies P tells, the more human players become, which shakes up gameplay, bringing new advantages and disadvantages at every step.

Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox
Release date: September 19

September 2023 Video Game Release Dates

  • Bomb Rush Cyberpunk (PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) – September 1
  • Chants of Sennaar (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – September 5
  • Rune Factory 3 Special (PC, Switch) – September 5
  • Starfield (PC, XBX/S) – September 6
  • Baldur’s gate 3 (PS5) – September 7
  • Rugby 24 (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) – September 7
  • Toss! (PCVR, PSVR2) – September 7
  • Anonymous;Code (PC, PS4, Switch) – September 8
  • Fae Farm (PC, Switch) – September 8
  • NBA 2K24 (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – September 8
  • Hauma – A Detective Noir Story (PC, Switch) – September 11
  • Eternights (PC, PS5, PS4) – September 12
  • Mythforce (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – September 12
  • The Isle Tide Hotel (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – September 12
  • Super Bomberman R 2 (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – September 13
  • Ad Infinitum (PC, PS5, XBX/S) – September 14
  • The Crew Motorfest (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) – September 14
  • Heavy Duty Challenge (PC, PS5, XBX/S) – September 14
  • Baby Shark: Sing & Swim Party (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – September 15
  • Baten Kaitos 1 & 2 HD Remaster (Switch) – September 15
  • Boti: Byteland Overclocked (PC) – September 15
  • Gloomhaven (Switch) – September 18
  • Lies of P (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) – September 19
  • Mortal Kombat 1 (PC, PS5, XBX/S, Switch) – September 19
  • Men of War 2 (PC) – September 20
  • Party Animals (PC, XBX/S, XB1) – September 20
  • Witchfire (PC) – September 20
  • Hellsweeper VR (PCVR, PSVR2) – September 21
  • Payday 3 (PC, PS5, XBX/S) – September 21
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Quest for Balance (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – September 22
  • Shuyan Saga (PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – September 22
  • Slaps and Beans 2 (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – September 22
  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty DLC (PC, PS5, XBX/S) – September 26
  • Mineko’s Night Market (PC, Switch) – September 26
  • Paleo Pines (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – September 26
  • Firefighting Simulator – The Squad (Switch) – September 28
  • Gothic Classic (Switch) – September 28
  • Infinity Strash: Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1,  Switch) – September 28
  • Wildmender (PC, PS5, XBX/S) – September 28
  • Cocoon (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – September 29
  • EA Sports FC 24 (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – September 29

New Game Releases FAQ

What video games are coming out in September 2023?

September 2023 is a massive month. You’ll be shouting, “shut up and take my money” for the likes of Starfield, Mortal Kombat 1, The Crew: Motorfest, EA Sports FC24, Payday 3. plus DLC for Cyberpunk 2077 and Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Is The Crew: Motorfest like Forza Horizon?

The Crew: Motorfest draws inspiration from the acclaimed Forza Horizon series, with its high-end real-world vehicles and gorgeous, tropical driving playground. But, no complaints here. The more quality racing games, the better, and PlayStation owners now have an alternative to the PC and Xbox-exclusive Forza series.

Is Starfield on Game Pass?

Yes! You better believe it’s true! PlayStarfield from day one on Game Pass at no extra cost. That’s the most anticipated game of the year without spending a cent if you already access the popular subscription service. Starfield launches September 6, 2023.

Michael Vane

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