The 28 games we can’t wait to play this holiday season

Tomorrow is the start of a brand-new month, a time to swap sandals for sweaters and bask in the fun of heading back to school. For video game fans, though, September is the start of a wild holiday season, during which big games are released at a furious pace. 2017 looks to be no different than years past. The next few months will see new entries in major franchises like Destiny, Assassin’s Creed, and Super Mario, as well as a handful of exciting indie releases like Ruiner, Songbringer, and Cuphead.

Here, we’ve gathered together the most exciting titles coming out from now until December — now it’s up to you to figure out how you’ll squeeze them all into your schedule.

Assassin’s Creed Origins – October 27th on PS4, Xbox One, and PC

Ubisoft took a year-long break from the core Assassin’s Creed series after 2015’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, citing a need to “evolve the game mechanics.” It’s returning this fall with Origins, moving the franchise to ancient Egypt. Origins is chronologically the first game in the series, starring a progenitor of the Assassin’s Brotherhood. And true to Ubisoft’s word, we’ve seen a few new features, like arrows you can control in mid-flight, a Gladiator Arena mode, and a pet bird that finally gives you literal “eagle vision.” – AR

Call of Duty: WWII – November 3rd on PS4, Xbox One, and PC

Activision’s latest Call of Duty is a “back to basics” moment, returning the storied (but creatively exhausted) shooter series to its WWII roots one year after EA did something similar with Battlefield. It’s not yet clear how risky developer Sledgehammer Games is willing to get with regard to the Holocaust or the other countless horrors of the 1940s; the game’s creative director did claim, “We went there,” with regard to showing atrocities. Regardless, the game will feature the same intense, streamlined shooter combat you can expect from a COD game. For many fans, that’ll be enough. – NS

Cuphead – September 29th on Xbox One and PC

The perpetually delayed Cuphead is finally launching this year — and hopefully the long wait is worth it. Gameplay-wise, Cuphead is a somewhat standard, if incredibly hard, 2D run-and-gun action game. What makes it so interesting is its style. Cuphead looks like a 1930s cartoon, with characters that feel…

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