9 New Games Launching Next Week: ‘Mirror’s Edge’ and More

2016 is shaping up as one of the best years for gamers in a long, long time, thanks to titles like Overwatch, Doom, and Uncharted 4, to name just a few recent releases. But if you’re ready for new games, you’re in luck, because a number of fine-looking titles are coming next week, including Mirror’s Edge Catalyst.

Next week’s video game releases have something for everyone, whether you’re into quirky RPGs, dread-filled horror games, or adorable pink Nintendo characters. Read on for the scoop about all the biggest games launching the week of June 6, 2016.

1. Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book

Release date: June 6, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PS Vita

Atelier is a series of Japanese role-playing games that revolve around a deep crafting mechanic. You go around defeating monsters and collecting materials that you can then craft into new items and gear to use on your adventure. This stand-alone installment is about a young alchemist apprentice in a medieval European town who finds a very strange book that kicks off a dangerous journey.

2. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

Release date: June 7, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox, and PC

The original Mirror’s Edge was a first-person parkour-style game that became a cult hit when it launched in 2008. This sequel will do away with the often cramped level designs of the original in favor of an open world in which you can go where you want, taking on missions at your leisure. For more information, check out our Mirror’s Edge Catalyst hands-on preview.

3. Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator

Release date: June 7, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3

From a long line of games with bad titles comes Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, a fighting game that’s as fast as it is deep. The idea here is that a whole roster’s worth of zany characters compete in one-on-one battles that are completely, explosively out of control. A series of tutorials and challenges help bring newcomers into the fold, while pros can hop right into the fray.

4. Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir

Release date: June 7, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita

This game, which originated on the PlayStation 2, has been revamped and given a full HD facelift, including gorgeous graphics and an ultra-smooth frame rate. That slick presentation is put to use in a fast, frenetic side-scrolling brawler that unleashes tons of enemies for you to dispatch in a stylish ballet of violence. The early reviews are extremely positive, so give this one a shot if the trailer above looks appealing.

5. The Solus Project

Release date: June 7, 2016
Platform: PC

This unique mix of horror and sci-fi gaming takes place after Earth has been destroyed and most of the survivors are slumming it on a rescue fleet in space. You’re an explorer who’s been sent to find a new home world for humanity, but things aren’t looking good as you crash land on a strange and hostile planet. Your job is to survive long enough to piece together a way to signal the fleet. If you can figure out what happened to the planet’s previous inhabitants, so much the better.

6. Edge of Nowhere

Release date: June 7, 2016
Platforms: Oculus Rift

Developer Insomniac Games is on a roll lately, with the release of the fantastic Ratchet & Clank reboot. The team’s next game is a Rift-exclusive virtual reality experience that’s based on the H.P. Lovecraft horror story At the Mountains of Madness. From a third-person perspective, you play as Victor Howard, an Antarctic explorer who’s trying to find his lost companions on the frozen continent. Unfortunately for him, the icy mountains are inhabited by strange beings and he’s slowly losing his mind.

7. SteamWorld Heist HD

Release date: June 7, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PS Vita

In SteamWorld Heist HD, you play as Captain Piper and are tasked with using a team of robots to scavenge a ruined world. If you’ve played other turn-based strategy games like XCOM or Fire Emblem, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect here: moving your team through the world, wiping out enemies, and using points you earn to improve your troops. The only difference is that SteamWorld Heist HD takes place from a side-scrolling perspective. The game launched on 3DS last year to positive reviews, so if it sounds like your kind of game, it’s a safe bet.

8. Kirby: Planet Robobot

Release date: June 10, 2016
Platform: Nintendo 3DS

In addition to having a title that’s fun to say aloud, Planet Robobot is also a fine game, according to early reviews. You play as the pink fluff ball in the standard side-scrolling platforming levels you’d probably expect if you’ve played a Kirby game over the past few decades. This time around, in addition to inhaling enemies to gain their special abilities, you can enter mech suits that let you punch and blast your way through levels. If you’ve been looking for something to play on your 3DS, this is the best game you’re likely to get anytime soon.

9. Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter

Release date: June 10, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

Developer Frogwares just keeps pumping out games based on everyone’s favorite Baker Street detective. In this one, you’ll have to use your wits and powers of observation to solve five cases that are linked together. The series’ last installment received generally favorable reviews, and this one looks pretty similar. It might not knock your socks off, but it will probably provide some intriguing mysteries to unravel. Look for reviews at launch.

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