8 New Games Launching Next Week: ‘I Am Setsuna’ and More

A team of adventurers sets out to confront a fiend.

The Chrono Trigger-like game I Am Setsuna | Source: Square Enix

This has already been a banner season for video games, with recent hits like Overwatch and Doom filling up all the free time gamers can make. July has been a relatively slow period, with no major games hitting the market over the past few weeks. That’s not really a problem, as it gives players time to catch up on their backlog. It also gives us time to check out smaller, lower-budget games we might otherwise overlook. With that in mind, there’s no shortage of games launching next week from a variety of genres, and some of them look very intriguing.

Whether you’re interested in a free-to-play MMO, an “asymmetrical” online shooter, a retro-style action game, or a whole lot more, next week’s releases have you covered. Read on for descriptions and trailers of all the best-looking games launching the week of July 18, 2016.

1. Kill Strain

Release date: July 19, 2016
Platforms: Playstation 4

This free-to-play game is available for now for PlayStation Plus subscribers, but the rest of the world’s PS4 owners will be able to play it on July 19. It’s a unique online game in that pits two teams of five players against each other, while unleashing another team of two on both of them.

The five-player teams are your standard armed-to-the-teeth mercenary types, while the two-player team is a pair of mutants who become extra powerful when they come into contact with “the strain.” Their goal is to spread the mutagen, transforming other players into mutants and taking over the match. If that sounds like fun, give it a download. After all, it’s free.

2. 10 Second Ninja X

Release date: July 19, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS Vita, and PC

Fans of old-school action games will want to take a look at this charming side-scroller. You play as a ninja taking on a horde of evil robots from outer space. The trick is that you must clear each level in — you guessed it — just 10 seconds. That means you’ll probably fail a few times before you get a perfect play-through, as you run, jump, and slice through robots on your way to victory. If even one bot is left standing when time’s up, you have to try again.

3. I Am Setsuna

Release date: July 19, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PC

It’s not often we see a game that relies so heavily on another game for its marketing. If you know anything about I Am Setsuna, it’s probably that the game harkens back to Chrono Trigger, a role-playing game that hit the Super Nintendo world in 1995. The similarity is no accident, seeing as I Am Setsuna even comes from the same publisher, Square Enix.

The game tells the tale of an island under the oppression of a monstrous fiend that demands a yearly sacrifice. This year, Setsuna sets off as the sacrificial offering, but because she’s the hero, you can expect things to go differently than usual. It looks like one of the best games launching next week, particularly for fans of old-school RPGs.

4. Lifeless Planet

Release date: July 19, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4

In this game, you play as an astronaut traveling to a far-off planet where humans have established a colony. When you get there, you discover that everyone is missing and you seem to be the only one alive on the whole planet. What happened? You’ll have to play to find out. The art looks incredible, with gorgeous vistas around every corner and a bunch of challenging platforming thrown in for good measure. Watch the trailer to get a sense of the game’s creepy, beautiful atmosphere.

5. Neverwinter

Release date: July 19, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4

Although it doesn’t have the words “Dungeons & Dragons” in the title, Neverwinter is very much a D&D game. It’s a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), so expect an enormous fantasy world, tons of dungeons to explore, enemies to hack through, and missions to complete as you make a name for yourself in the city of Neverwinter. Providing locations and the stat-based backbone of the game is the D&D rulebook. And best of all, it’s free to play, making it an easy choice if you’re looking for new games launching next week.

6. The Assembly

Release date: July 19, 2016
Platforms: Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

This virtual reality game is all about telling a story. It takes place in an underground science lab called The Assembly, where illegal experiments are taking place, supposedly for the betterment of mankind. It’s up to you, taking on the roles of two people working at the lab, to make tough moral decisions about the experiments and the lab itself.

During the course of the game, you’ll learn the true nature of The Assembly, but whether your actions have positive or negative consequences all depends on the choices you make. If it’s an intriguing story you’re after, of all the games launching next week, The Assembly is probably your best bet.

7. Human: Fall Flat

Release date: July 22, 2016
Platforms: PC

Developer No Brakes Games made a name for itself with QWOP, a game that is purposely hard to control. Thankfully, the team’s latest project, Human Fall Flat, is much friendlier to players. Physics is the name of the game here, so you’ll use your featureless character to manipulate objects of all kinds, from wrecking balls to bridges, as you work to solve a series of environmental puzzles. If you’re looking for a weird game, this one’s for you.

8. Starbound

Release date: July 22, 2016
Platforms: PC

It’s hard to know what an official launch even means for Starbound, seeing as it hit Steam Early Access in 2013. Here we are three years later, and with the game’s big 1.0 update, it’s finally, officially coming out. This Minecraft-like game has you exploring the galaxy, landing on planets to explore them, and collecting items for crafting.

That’s it for the games launching next week. Come back next week for a whole new batch.

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