Here are some of the big video game releases for the month of July 2017. What are you looking forward to playing? Did we miss anything?
Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age by Square Enix – July 11th
Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age is a remaster of 2006’s Final Fantasy 12. Will include the International Zodiac Job system that was part of the Japan-only update for the PlayStation 2 game. The job system allows a user to assign a role to a character, which provides them with unique skills and stat growth opportunities. Among other enhancements, graphics and audio.
Fable Fortune by Flaming Fowl Studios, Mediatonic – July 11th
Fable Fortune combines pioneering CCG systems with some of the franchise’s most cherished moments. Featuring timeless heroes, despicable villains, peasants, and some good old-fashioned, family-friendly necromancy. Choose from one of six heroes each sporting diverse powers and cards. Discover how the iconic Alignment mechanic can be used to shift heroes towards a good or evil path during play; transforming their powers, altering their card effects, and turning the tide of battle in one chicken-kicking hand.
Platform: Xbox One, PC
Defenders of Ekron by In Vitro Games – July 11th
In Defenders of Ekron, you take the role of Eneas, a young and bold cadet that has trained his entire life to pilot his Anakim. An advanced mech capable of absorbing and transforming the energy around it into a special ability, but something goes wrong and Eneas’ Anakim doesn’t develop it. Eneas will find himself powerless to defend his nation from a bursting civil war and, at the same time, will reveal dark secrets surrounding the Technocratic Republic of Ekron.
Platform: PS4, PC
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles by Prideful Sloth – July 18th
Developers Prideful Sloth, a small team led by a former Activision producer and an artist and programmer from Rocksteady. In Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles, players will traverse the gorgeously animated and diverse island world of Gemea as a young farmer and adventurer. The game features changing seasons, a day-and-night cycle, and eight environments to explore and rid of darkness alongside some gifted friends. There are also various local inhabitants spread across the island for you to meet and learn from.
Platform: PS4, PC
Children of Zodiarcs by Cardboard Utopia – July 18th
At the heart of an evil empire, a group of young outsiders rebel against the corrupt system that holds them down. Professional thieves on the trail of an ancient relic. Desperate to find an escape, they seek refuge in the city’s seamy slums and brave the sunless pits of the underworld. Out to get them are heavily armed city guards, rival gangs and psychotic families of subterranean cannibals. Abandoned by the system and used by selfish criminals, these young companions will be forced to come to terms with their own reality.
Platform: PS4, PC
Lone Echo by Ready At Dawn– July 20th
Lone Echo, the upcoming game from Ready At Dawn Studios, is an intimate space adventure along the lines of last year’s Adr1ft. But that game’s multiplayer mode called Echo Arena. It pits two teams of four against one another in a competition that’s equal parts ultimate frisbee and Ender’s Game. In Lone Echo’s single player story, you’ll be transported to an advanced mining facility within the rings of Saturn. Complete with a detailed space station, expansive outer-space environments, and interactive space equipment.
Platform: Oculus Rift
Splatoon 2 by Nintendo– July 20th
The squid kids called Inklings are back to splat more ink and claim more turf in this colorful and chaotic 4-on-4 action shooter. For the first time, take Turf War battles on-the-go with the Nintendo Switch system, and use any of the console’s portable play styles for intense local multiplayer action. Even team up for new 4-player co-op fun in Salmon Run. Expect a fresh wave of fashion, not to mention new weapons and gear.
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Aven Colony by Mothership Entertainment– July 25th
Aven Colony is a sci-fi, city-building strategy game, which includes veterans from the Fable and Metroid Prime series. Aven Colony “is a rich simulation of an extra-terrestrial colony. Build, customize and maintain your settlement, manage your resources, encounter a variety of alien life forms and look after your citizens – all while dealing with the challenges of life in an entirely new solar system.”
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Pyre by Supergiant Games – July 25th
Pyre will be a high fantasy game that, is a “poetic, 4th-wall-breaking adventure.” You’ll level up three heroes, each with their own skill trees and battles occurring from the same overhead perspective as the developer’s previous titles. The encounters are all based around a glowing orb that’s placed in the center of a map, and two pyres on either end that you want to defend and attack. You’ll attempt to grab that beautifully glowing orb and send it into your opponent’s goal. Each character in the match is moved one at a time.
Platform: PS4, PC, Linux
Hey! Pikmin by Nintendo – July 25th
Hey! Pikmin lets players use the 3DS touchscreen to control their Pikmin. Pikmin are tiny, curious, plant-like creatures. They come in different colors and types, but they all seem eager to help Captain Olimar. Sending them to fight or move obstacles, much like the previous games. This 2D view seems to offer unique gameplay opportunities: we saw Pikmin plummeting down holes and battling monsters in new ways.
Platform: Nintendo 3DS