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The past few months have seen no shortage of games we thought would never release finally hitting store shelves, and now the trend is continuing into 2017 with the release of Nioh. Keoi Tecmo and Team Ninja’s samurai action game has been in development in some form or another since 2004, when it was planned as a Japanese RPG based on an unfinished Akira Kurosawa script. A whole lot has changed since then, of course, but the game is finally seeing release more than a decade after it began. What’s more, it’s apparently quite good—and quite different from its original design. With gameplay heavily inspired by the Souls games and Bloodborne and a story now based on the real life of Western samurai William Adams, Nioh could end up being 2017’s first sleeper hit.

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates in 2017 and beyond, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Nioh (February 7th)

Available for: PS4
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Team Ninja

Why we’re excited: Hey, FromSoftware has said it’s done making Dark Souls games, so why shouldn’t other developers step into that void? Throw in the pedigree of Team Ninja and a feudal Japan setting, and there’s plenty of reason to be excited. The early buzz: Reviews are strong so far, with the game presently holding an average of 87 out of 100 on Metacritic. Waiting is the hardest part: As our own Mollie L Patterson finishes up her review of Koei Tecmo’s Nioh, she says that Team Ninja has succeeded at crafting their own take on the “Souls” style of action adventures that also grows into its own unique experience. Keep an eye out for her full review later this week.

Fallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter (February 7th)

Available for: Xbox One, Windows 10
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios, Behaviour Interactive

Why we’re excited: If you’re like some of the EGM Crew, you heard good things about Fallout Shelter but didn’t bother to give it a shot on mobile. If so, the free-to-play vault management simulator’s Xbox One debut is the perfect time to jump in. The early buzz: The original iOS release is sitting at 71 on Metacritic, while the PC port is at a less-impressive 63. Here’s hoping the Xbox One version will rate a little higher. Survive anywhere: The Xbox One release also supports Xbox Play Anywhere. Normally, that means you can get a Windows 10 copy of the game for the same price, but since it’s free, that doesn’t apply here. Still, your progress will carry over seamlessly between PC and console, which is a nice addition.

WWE2K17

WWE 2K17 (February 7th)

Available for: PC
Publisher: 2K
Developer: Visual Concepts, Yuke’s

Why we’re excited: PC players always have to wait a little longer to get in on the WWE action, but it’s finally time to enter the squared circle. The early buzz: This year’s release was something of a mixed bag on consoles, with both versions averaging just shy of a 70 on Metacritic. Our own Matt Buchholtz gave the Xbox One version a 6.0 out of 10 in his reviewMonster competitor: Listen, Polygon might technically be our competition, but if you’re a fan of the WWE games and you haven’t seen Griffin and Justin McElroy’s Monster Factory videos using the series’ character creator, remedy that immediately. You’re welcome.

Also releasing this week:

February 7th

8Days (PS4, Xbox One)
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (PC)
Echoes of the Fey Episode 0: The Immolation (PC)
Fallout Shelter (Xbox One, Windows 10)
Gunmetal Arcadia (PC, Mac, Linux)
Induction (PC, Mac, Linux)
Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker (PS4)
Nights of Azure (PC)
Nioh (PS4)
The Onion Knights (PS4)
Phoning Home (PC)
Ping Pong VR (PS4, PSVR)
Soda Dungeon (PC)
Splasher (PC)
Super Gunworld 2 (PS4)
Uncanny Valley (PS4, Vita)
WWE 2K17 (PC)

February 8th

Arelite Core (PC)
Bleed 2 (PC, Mac, Linux)
Dimensional Rift (PC, Vive)
The Horus Heresy: Battle of Tallarn – Iron Edition (PC, Mac)
Knot (PC)
Leaving Lyndow (PC)
On The Path (PC)
Pix the Cat (Xbox One)
The Wild Eight (PC)
VR Golf Online (PC, Vive)

February 9th

Alone with You (PC)
Brick Race (Wii U)
Greyhound Manager 2 Rebooted (PC)
John Wick Chronicles (PC, Vive)
Kult of Ktulu: Olympic (PC, Mac)
Lamm (PC)
Plantera (Wii U, 3DS)
WarpBall (PC)
We Are Chicago (PC, Mac, Linux)
Western 1849 Reloaded (PC, Mac)
Y.A.S.G. (Wii U)

February 10th

Blood Harvest (PC)
Captain Lycop : Invasion of the Heters (PC, Linux)
Crypt of the NecroDancer (Xbox One)
Evangeline (PC)
interLOGIC (PC, Mac, Linux)
Seclusion (PC)
Spheroids (Xbox One)
Super Spring Ninja (PC)
Ultimagus (PC)
Uncanny Valley (Xbox One)
Wacky Spores: The Chase (PC)

February 13th

How to Survive 2 (Xbox One)
Winds Of Trade

The biggest new games out this week: February 7th–13th

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week.

By EGM Staff | 02/7/2017 12:15 PM PT

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The past few months have seen no shortage of games we thought would never release finally hitting store shelves, and now the trend is continuing into 2017 with the release of Nioh. Keoi Tecmo and Team Ninja’s samurai action game has been in development in some form or another since 2004, when it was planned as a Japanese RPG based on an unfinished Akira Kurosawa script. A whole lot has changed since then, of course, but the game is finally seeing release more than a decade after it began. What’s more, it’s apparently quite good—and quite different from its original design. With gameplay heavily inspired by the Souls games and Bloodborne and a story now based on the real life of Western samurai William Adams, Nioh could end up being 2017’s first sleeper hit.

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates in 2017 and beyond, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Nioh (February 7th)

Available for: PS4
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Team Ninja

Why we’re excited: Hey, FromSoftware has said it’s done making Dark Souls games, so why shouldn’t other developers step into that void? Throw in the pedigree of Team Ninja and a feudal Japan setting, and there’s plenty of reason to be excited. The early buzz: Reviews are strong so far, with the game presently holding an average of 87 out of 100 on Metacritic. Waiting is the hardest part: As our own Mollie L Patterson finishes up her review of Koei Tecmo’s Nioh, she says that Team Ninja has succeeded at crafting their own take on the “Souls” style of action adventures that also grows into its own unique experience. Keep an eye out for her full review later this week.

Fallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter (February 7th)

Available for: Xbox One, Windows 10
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios, Behaviour Interactive

Why we’re excited: If you’re like some of the EGM Crew, you heard good things about Fallout Shelter but didn’t bother to give it a shot on mobile. If so, the free-to-play vault management simulator’s Xbox One debut is the perfect time to jump in. The early buzz: The original iOS release is sitting at 71 on Metacritic, while the PC port is at a less-impressive 63. Here’s hoping the Xbox One version will rate a little higher. Survive anywhere: The Xbox One release also supports Xbox Play Anywhere. Normally, that means you can get a Windows 10 copy of the game for the same price, but since it’s free, that doesn’t apply here. Still, your progress will carry over seamlessly between PC and console, which is a nice addition.

WWE2K17

WWE 2K17 (February 7th)

Available for: PC
Publisher: 2K
Developer: Visual Concepts, Yuke’s

Why we’re excited: PC players always have to wait a little longer to get in on the WWE action, but it’s finally time to enter the squared circle. The early buzz: This year’s release was something of a mixed bag on consoles, with both versions averaging just shy of a 70 on Metacritic. Our own Matt Buchholtz gave the Xbox One version a 6.0 out of 10 in his reviewMonster competitor: Listen, Polygon might technically be our competition, but if you’re a fan of the WWE games and you haven’t seen Griffin and Justin McElroy’s Monster Factory videos using the series’ character creator, remedy that immediately. You’re welcome.

Also releasing this week:

February 7th

8Days (PS4, Xbox One)
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (PC)
Echoes of the Fey Episode 0: The Immolation (PC)
Fallout Shelter (Xbox One, Windows 10)
Gunmetal Arcadia (PC, Mac, Linux)
Induction (PC, Mac, Linux)
Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker (PS4)
Nights of Azure (PC)
Nioh (PS4)
The Onion Knights (PS4)
Phoning Home (PC)
Ping Pong VR (PS4, PSVR)
Soda Dungeon (PC)
Splasher (PC)
Super Gunworld 2 (PS4)
Uncanny Valley (PS4, Vita)
WWE 2K17 (PC)

February 8th

Arelite Core (PC)
Bleed 2 (PC, Mac, Linux)
Dimensional Rift (PC, Vive)
The Horus Heresy: Battle of Tallarn – Iron Edition (PC, Mac)
Knot (PC)
Leaving Lyndow (PC)
On The Path (PC)
Pix the Cat (Xbox One)
The Wild Eight (PC)
VR Golf Online (PC, Vive)

February 9th

Alone with You (PC)
Brick Race (Wii U)
Greyhound Manager 2 Rebooted (PC)
John Wick Chronicles (PC, Vive)
Kult of Ktulu: Olympic (PC, Mac)
Lamm (PC)
Plantera (Wii U, 3DS)
WarpBall (PC)
We Are Chicago (PC, Mac, Linux)
Western 1849 Reloaded (PC, Mac)
Y.A.S.G. (Wii U)

February 10th

Blood Harvest (PC)
Captain Lycop : Invasion of the Heters (PC, Linux)
Crypt of the NecroDancer (Xbox One)
Evangeline (PC)
interLOGIC (PC, Mac, Linux)
Seclusion (PC)
Spheroids (Xbox One)
Super Spring Ninja (PC)
Ultimagus (PC)
Uncanny Valley (Xbox One)
Wacky Spores: The Chase (PC)

February 13th

How to Survive 2 (Xbox One)
Winds Of Trade

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