There Are Too Many AAA PC Game Releases In Holiday 2016

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Sep 25, 2016 2:00 PM
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And so it is, with the annual arrival of FIFA, we enter the silly season. Every games publisher under the sun decides to release their games at the exact same time, seemingly with some inside knowledge that our pockets are far deeper than they actually are. We’ve got some absolute behemoths dropping on PC over the next 10-12 weeks, but which are going to succeed and which will be squashed by the competition?

September

27 - FIFA 17
27 - Forza Horizon 3

October

7 - Mafia 3
11 - Gears of War 4
13 - Shadow Warrior 2
21 - Battlefield 1
21 - Civilization VI
25 - Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
28 - Titanfall 2
28 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition

November

4 - Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
4 - Football Manager 17
11 - Dishonored 2
15 - Watch Dogs 2
17 - Planet Coaster
18 - Killing Floor 2
TBA - The Walking Dead Season 3

December

1 - Syberia 3
2 - Steep
6 - Dead Rising 4
TBA - Divinity: Original Sin 2

As you can see, from next week onwards things really begin to heat up. We’re then looking at two or three huge titles every week, all the way through until the first week of December. Forza and FIFA occupy their usual spots, and then open-world fans are in for an early treat with Mafia 3. So far so good, but then things begin to get a teeny bit hectic. Gears of War 4 is out just four days later, followed by Shadow Warrior 2 two days after that.

If that wasn’t enough we then enter two weeks of first-person shooter mayhem. EA has made the bizarre decision to launch Titanfall 2 just a single week after Battlefield 1. Then Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare arrives a week after that. Sandwiched in between these two is the life-devouring Civ 6 long with DBZ: Xenoverse 2. I don’t know about you, but I only have so much money to spend on games, particularly when 3 online-focused shooters come along at once. I’m buying one, perhaps two max, out of COD, BF1 and Titanfall 2. One of these surely has to suffer from the cramped release schedule and I’m betting it’s Titanfall 2. Why hasn’t EA just pushed it out until early 2017, giving it a little more breathing room?

For me November is then a huge month. Dishonored 2, Watch Dogs and Planet Coaster within six days of one another. My heart weeps for my poor wallet. The latter in particularly looks like it could be the game to swallow up the Christmas holidays.

Ubisoft is actually unusually quiet this holiday. We’ve got Watch Dogs 2 of course, which for some strange reason comes out on the same day as the Assassin’s Creed 2: Ezio Collection, along with what I reckon could be a sleeper hit in Steep. And that’s about it really, after a number of high profile delays.

Just totting up how many of them I’m actually interested in buying I’m quite worried, particularly taking into account a few console exclusives I’m after like Paper Mario and The Last Guardian. I thought it was going to be a cheap few months for me but evidently not now, there's just too many games I'm after.

What do you think of the lineup games for holiday 2016, is this the best you’ve seen in a while? What games are you planning to buy? Which games are going to lose out in the rush? Let us know!

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05:39 Sep-27-2016

Just waiting for Civ 6 and a new visual upgrade to Skyirm. May actually have to run through vanilla again until SKSE and more of my mods are updated.

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16:43 Sep-26-2016

well i stick to BF1,Watch Dogs 2 and CIV6... my nervs and money are waiting Mass Effect Andromeda :)

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16:14 Sep-26-2016

Dishonored 2 and Syberia 3.CoD ,BF an Mafia 3 are early next year.

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14:08 Sep-26-2016

Forza Horizon 3
Mafia 3
Battlefield 1
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Watch Dogs 2
The Walking Dead Season 3
these are in my wish list...but i can only buy 1...

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11:19 Sep-26-2016

Surprisingly I'm kind of hopeful for Watchdogs 2 but unless my money situation suddenly takes a massive upsurge, I'll be getting Final Fantasy XV and maybe Battlefield 1 (A long shot since I wasn't particularly taken with the beta).Everything else I can wait for which has the added benefit of them all being cheaper

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07:47 Sep-26-2016

Shopping list for me:


September: Forza Horizon 3
October: Battlefield 1 and Civilization 6
November: Planet Coaster

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03:47 Sep-26-2016

Out of that list the only one that might interest me is Titanfall 2, I already have Skyrim so that update will be free.

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23:01 Sep-25-2016

Battlefield 1 and Dishonored 2 are on my shopping list

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21:44 Sep-25-2016

Can't wait for Dishonored 2!

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21:34 Sep-25-2016

Mafia 3,BF1, Shadow Warrior 2, Dishonored 2 and Syberia 3 are the most interesting to me but I will probably end up only buying BF1... If I knew before Syberia 3 was coming out I'd be more pumped tho. Just learnt about it XD

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20:17 Sep-25-2016

Damn... I will be getting one of the FPS's, either Battlefield 1 or Titanfall 2. Probably Titanfall 2 since I loved the first one so much, and the last Battlefield game let me down so much, though I will probably get Battlefield 1 after a month or so. There's no way I could stick to one game in November. I really enjoyed Watch Dogs, and Watch Dogs 2 looks even better. However, I couldn't possibly pass up Dishonored 2 after the first one was so good. I rarely play games more than once, but Dishonored I replayed several times. Hopefully Dishonored 2 can live up to it's predecessor. GOTY anyone?

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20:13 Sep-25-2016

There are only 21 games out of this list that i can't afford! :D

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08:41 Sep-26-2016

Same

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19:46 Sep-25-2016

I'll be getting Skyrim, because of the free upgrade. Between not playing Skyrim and doing my teacher training, I'll dabble in BF1. I'll get Titanfall 2 eventually, but not any time soon.

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19:44 Sep-25-2016

Mafia 3, Shadow Warrior 2, Civilization VI, maybe watch dogs 2. Thats it. I'm fine with the number of games that are being released. It gives me a buy-backlog for the less packed months

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19:41 Sep-25-2016

Theres only 4 games that interest me there so for me its hardly alot

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19:23 Sep-25-2016

I'll be playing skyrim: special edtion (free upgrade), and the walking dead 3.
I CANT WAIT FOR THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 3.

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19:04 Sep-25-2016

Choosing won't be hard I can't even afford a single game :D ... tries not to cry cry a lot

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19:00 Sep-25-2016

Only three AAA titles will be worthy to my PC.

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18:56 Sep-25-2016

Mafia 3, Shadow Warrior 2, and KF2 ( Already playing this one) pretty much that is it

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17:59 Sep-25-2016

Dishonored 2,Dishonored 2 and Dishonored 2 that's it for me


EDIT: THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 3 TOO!

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