Green Day famously sings, “Wake me up when September ends.” That was almost twenty years ago. So we’ll cut them some slack for not anticipating the incredible games they’d miss by hibernating through the month. Bad jokes aside, we’re getting down to the business end of 2021 and September is set to be a ripper for new game releases.
This month, you can drop your dollars on a highly anticipated time-bending shooter, absurd multiplayer mayhem, an indie musical odyssey, a Japanese detective sequel and more than one game that banks on your nostalgia. You can find all of this and more in our top video games and release dates rundown for September 2021.
Deathloop is a time-bending first-person shooter from Arkane Studios, the team behind the acclaimed Dishonored series. In Deathloop, you play as Colt – a hitman doomed to repeat the same day for eternity. The only chance for escape is to break the loop by assassinating eight key targets before the day resets. However, lurking in the shadows is a rival assassin, Julianna. Equipped with her own abilities and weapons, she’s on a mission to protect the loop by assassinating Colt and restarting the cycle. At first, if you don’t succeed, die and die again.
Deathloop allows players to choose their preferred playstyle, stealthily sneaking through levels or barreling into the fight, guns-blazing with a roster of otherworldly powers and savage weaponry. For that desirable multiplayer fix, players can control Julianna, invading other games online, increasing the challenge. The multiplayer portion remains optional but sure sounds like a lot of fun.
Platforms: PC, PS5
Release date: September 14
2. NBA 2K22
NBA 2K22 puts a world of basketball at your fingertips. First, play as your favourite current NBA and WNBA teams and athletes or legendary ballers with best in class visuals. Then, live out your unique journey in career mode. Rise from rookie to MVP both on the court and off as you make friends, foes and carve your path to glory.
NBA 2K22 gives you more control than ever. Function as your dream team’s general manager and commissioner, making small and big decisions that determine your dynasty. There will always be something new to experience for returning players, including challenges, player cards and updated rosters. The NBA 2K experience offers more than just the sport of basketball; it is hoops culture and everything around it including music and fashion.
Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1, Switch
Release date: September 22
3. WarioWare: Get it Together
WarioWare: Get it Together is the latest entry in the popular party franchise and the first for Nintendo Switch. Playing solo or with friends, you will be taking on over 200 quick and quirky microgames. From assembling a robot to pulling out a statue’s armpit hair with motion controls, expect hours upon hours of absurd, frantic fun,
A dedicated story mode sees Wario sucked into a video game, and it’s up to you, along with a friend in two-player co-op, to clear mini-games and get him out. WarioWare: Get it Together supports online co-op for if closed borders keep friends apart. Otherwise, this one really needs to be played with a group of friends in front of the TV. You can thank us later.
Release date: September 10
4. Lost Judgement
Two distinct crimes are committed at different locations and both at the same time. And yet, just one man is facing prosecution for both atrocities. So it’s up to private detective Takayuki Yagami to investigate.
Lost Judgement is the sequel to 2019’s action-adventure game Judgment. Blending open-world exploration with compelling combat, you’re once again filling the shoes of Yagami as he works with his ex-Yakuza partner Masaharu Kaito to untangle a web of conspiracy and solve what’s seemingly the perfect crime. The bustling streets of Tokyo provide an authentic backdrop for you to sneak, fight, infiltrate and investigate your way to the truth.
Platforms: PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1
Release date: September 24
5. The Artful Escape
Francis Vendetti, a teenage guitar prodigy, sets out on a psychedelic journey to inspire his new stage persona and confront the legacy of a dead folk legend. The Artful Escape is an upcoming musical adventure game tackling themes like legacy, expectations, aliens, guitar solos and living out your dreams.
You will be exploring cosmic landscapes and crafting your own narrative by conversing with unique characters, competing in guitar battles and searching the impossible depths of psychedelia. The Artful Escape boasts some serious voice talent with Lena Headey, Jason Schwartzman and Mark Strong, among others.
Platforms: PC, XBX/S, XB1
Release date: September 9
6. Diablo II Resurrected
A true classic returns in the form of Diablo II Resurrected. The acclaimed action RPG is remastered with improved visuals and audio, plus the same timeless gameplay from twenty years ago. Collecting Diablo II and the Lords of Destruction expansion, this remaster looks perfect for veteran gamers and those who initially missed out on this former PC exclusive.
Play solo or in online co-op for up to 8 players. Choose from seven of Sanctuary’s greatest champions and slay your way through the dark fantasy realm before storming the games of hell to defeat Diablo himself. Then blow off some steam and claim a few ears by engaging in thrilling PvP duels.
Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch
Release date: September 23
7. Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a gorgeous looking action-adventure game with fast-paced combat and unique companion mechanics. You play as Kena, a young spirit guide on a journey to the sacred mountain shrine to end the curse that corrupts the land. On your way, you will be battling monstrous corrupt spirits and collecting Pixar-inspired companions known as Rot. Each Rot provides unique abilities for creating new ways to manipulate the environment and uncover the secrets of a forgotten community. Kena: Bridge of Spirits is highly anticipated, and following several delays, you can finally get your hands on a copy from September 21.
Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4
Release date: September 21
8. Hot Wheels Unleashed
Hot Wheels Unleashed brings your childhood to life with a collection of the best vehicles from the history of the nostalgic franchise. Race, boost, launch and drift through ridiculous, over the top tracks. Prove your skills across a combination of iconic orange set pieces and a series of real world-inspired locations in split-screen for 2 players or online with up to 12.
Then, unleash your creativity in Track Builder. Hot Wheels Unleashed sees you combining loops and boosts with everyday objects that become integral to your designs. The only limit is your creativity. You can also furnish your personal room with a vast number of elements collected throughout your racing journey and use them as a backdrop for the races you’ll host.
Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch
Release date: September 30
September 2021 Video Game Release Dates
- Lake (PC, XSX/S) – September 1
- Kitaria Fables (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1, Switch) – September 2
- Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous (PC) – September 2
- Surgeon Simulator 2: Access All Areas (PC, XBX/S, XB1) – September 2
- WRC 10 (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1) – September 2
- Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – September 3
- Family Trainer (Switch) – September 3
- Golf Club Wasteland (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – September 3
- The Medium (PS5) – September 3
- Bus Simulator 21 (PC, PS4, XB1) – September 7
- F.I.S.T: Forged In Shadow Torch (PS5, PS4) – September 7
- Sonic Colors: Ultimate (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – September 7
- The Artful Escape (PC, XBX/S, XB1) – September 9
- Life is Strange True Colors (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – September 10
- Lost in Random (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1, Switch) – September 10
- Tales of Arise (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1) – September 10
- WarioWare: Get it Together (Switch) – September 10
- Deathloop (PC, PS5) – September 14
- Fire Commander (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) – September 15
- Eastward (PC, Switch) – September 16
- SkateBIRD (PC, Switch) – September 16
- Aragami 2 (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1) – September 17
- Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom (Switch) – September 17
- Severed Steel (PC) – September 17
- Kena: Bridge of Spirits (PS5) – September 21
- Diablo 2 Resurrected (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1, Switch) – September 22
- NBA 2K22 (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1, Switch) – September 22
- Sable (PC, XSX/S, XB1) – September 23
- Death Stranding Director’s Cut (PS5) – September 24
- Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (Switch) – September 24
- Lost Judgment (PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1) – September 24
- Lemnis Gate (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) – September 27
- Chernobylite (PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) – September 28
- Ghostrunner (PS5, XSX/S) – September 28
- In Sound Mind (PC, PS5, XSX/S) – September 28
- Insurgency Sandstorm (PS4, XB1) – September 29
- Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality (PC, XB1) – September 30
- Hot Wheels Unleashed (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1, Switch) – September 30
- Rogue Lords (PC) – September 30
- Blood Bowl 3 (PC) – September TBA
What games are coming out in September 2021?
The best looking and most anticipated games of September 2021 include the time-bending shooter Deathloop, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, NBA 2K22, Lost Judgment, The Artful Escape, WarioWare: Get it Together, Diablo II Resurrected and Hot Wheels Unleashed, to name a few.
Why is Deathloop a PS5 Exclusive?
Deathloop is exclusive to PC and PS5. Sony secured the rights to Deathloop before its publisher Bethesda was purchased by Microsoft for $10 billion AUD. The time-bending shooter is still expected to arrive on Xbox Series X/S. However, it will remain exclusive to PlayStation and PC for at least 12 months from its original release date of September 14, 2021.
What platforms will Diablo II Resurrected be available on?
For the first time in 21 years, Diablo II will be available on platforms other than PC. You can play Diablo II Resurrected on PC, plus PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch when it launches on September 22, 2021.