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Time to take to the trenches. After six months of anticipation, Battlefield 1 is arriving to send Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC into all-out war. As the most high-profile game ever to delve into World War I, EA’s newest shooter was met with a fair degree of skepticism when it was first announced. Could the plodding, dehumanizing warfare make for enjoyable gameplay? Could developer DICE treat such a grave error in world history with respect while still making it a game? Early impressions from fans and critics point to a resounding yes to both questions. Battlefield 1 looks to be a game that will occupy our consoles for many months to come.

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 through 2017, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Battlefield 1 (October 21st, Deluxe Edition out October 18th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: EA
Developer: DICE

Why we’re excited: One of gaming’s best shooters tackling a whole new era of warfare. What’s not to love?  The early buzz: Thanks to the beta tests and EA Access, players have already put in plenty of time on Battlefield 1‘s battlefields, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. The Really Great War: In EGM’s review, Nick Plessas says Battlefield 1 “does a service to the series? core fanbase with a unique, yet strangely familiar take on World War I.”

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (October 21st)

Available for: PC
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Firaxis Games

Why we’re excited: With Civilization VI, the best turn-based strategy series ever looks to erect another Wonder of the World. The buzz: Civilization VI looks to be another triumph for Firaxis, with a current Metacritic score of 93 out of 100. Bean counter: The Civ series has a tradition of tapping celebrity voices to narrate key portions of the game. This time, the honor goes to actor Sean Bean, who’s notorious for his huge number of onscreen deaths. We’re betting he survives to the end of Civ VI, but, hey, maybe the nuke-loving Gandhi will take him out.

Batman: Return to Arkham (October 18th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Developer: Rocksteady, Virtuos

Why we’re excited: You’ll be hard pressed to find any two games better than Batman: Arkham Knight and Arkham City, and it’s great to now have the whole Rocksteady trilogy remastered and playable on current-gen consoles. Forgotten history: One game that didn’t make the cut is 2013’s Arkham Origins, which wasn’t developed by Rocksteady and is set before the rest of the games. If you want to play it, you’ll need to pull out an old console or pick it up on PC. Bat Fancy: Looking to spend a little more time with the Dark Knight? The recently released Batman: Arkham VR offers a short-but-sweet virtual reality experience set in the Arkham universe, allowing you to actually become the bat. You’ll need a PS4 and a PlayStation VR to play it, though.

Also releasing this week:

October 17th

Franchise Hockey Manager 3 (PC, Mac)

October 18th

Batman: Return to Arkham (PS4, Xbox One)
Battlefield 1 Deluxe Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
The Bug Butcher (PS4)
Crazy Machines 3 (PC, Mac, Linux)
Demolish & Build Company 2017 (PC)
Eagle Flight (PC, Rift)
Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky (PS4, Vita)
Galaxy of Trian (PC)
The Jackbox Party Pack 3 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Lance A Lot (PC)
Lego Harry Potter Collection (PS4)
Mordheim: City Of The Damned (PS4, Xbox One)
Neverwinter: Storm King’s Thunder (PS4, Xbox One)
Rock Band Rivals (PS4, Xbox One)
SportsBarVR (PS4, Xbox One)
Soulless: Ray Of Hope (PC, Mac, Linux)
Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls (Vita)
The Whisperer in Darkness (PC, Mac, Linux)

October 19th

Arizona Rose and the Pirates’ Riddles (PC, Mac)
The Bug Butcher (Xbox One)
HoPiKo (PS4, Xbox One)
A Quiver of Crows (PC, Mac, Linux)
Rogues or Heroes (PC)
True Fear: Forsaken Souls (PC, Mac)
Unruly Ghouls (PC, Vive)
Wild Romance (PC

October 20th

Battalion Commander (Vita)
Fairune 2 (3DS)
The Keeper of 4 Elements (Vita)
Killing Room (PC)
Pirate Pop Plus (Wii U, 3DS)
Pixel Gear (PS4, PSVR)
Redrum: Dead Diary (PC)
Secrets of Magic: The Book of Spells (PC, Mac, Linux)
Ships 2017 (PC)
Slain: Back from Hell (PS4)
Starfighter Arduxim (PC, Rift, Vive)
SteamWorld Heist (Wii U)
Super Destronaut 2: Go Duck Yourself (Wii U)

October 21st

12 orbits (PC)
Awkward Dimensions Redux (PC, Mac, Linux)
Battlefield 1 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Crown Champion: Legends of the Arena (PC)
Horse Racing 2016 (Xbox One)
Negligee (PC, Mac, Linux)
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (PC)
Slain: Back from Hell (Xbox One)
Violet Haunted (PC)

The biggest new games out this week: October 17th–23rd

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

By EGM Staff | 10/18/2016 05:30 PM PT | Updated 10/24/2016 07:55 PM PT

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Time to take to the trenches. After six months of anticipation, Battlefield 1 is arriving to send Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC into all-out war. As the most high-profile game ever to delve into World War I, EA’s newest shooter was met with a fair degree of skepticism when it was first announced. Could the plodding, dehumanizing warfare make for enjoyable gameplay? Could developer DICE treat such a grave error in world history with respect while still making it a game? Early impressions from fans and critics point to a resounding yes to both questions. Battlefield 1 looks to be a game that will occupy our consoles for many months to come.

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 through 2017, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Battlefield 1 (October 21st, Deluxe Edition out October 18th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: EA
Developer: DICE

Why we’re excited: One of gaming’s best shooters tackling a whole new era of warfare. What’s not to love?  The early buzz: Thanks to the beta tests and EA Access, players have already put in plenty of time on Battlefield 1‘s battlefields, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. The Really Great War: In EGM’s review, Nick Plessas says Battlefield 1 “does a service to the series? core fanbase with a unique, yet strangely familiar take on World War I.”

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (October 21st)

Available for: PC
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Firaxis Games

Why we’re excited: With Civilization VI, the best turn-based strategy series ever looks to erect another Wonder of the World. The buzz: Civilization VI looks to be another triumph for Firaxis, with a current Metacritic score of 93 out of 100. Bean counter: The Civ series has a tradition of tapping celebrity voices to narrate key portions of the game. This time, the honor goes to actor Sean Bean, who’s notorious for his huge number of onscreen deaths. We’re betting he survives to the end of Civ VI, but, hey, maybe the nuke-loving Gandhi will take him out.

Batman: Return to Arkham (October 18th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Developer: Rocksteady, Virtuos

Why we’re excited: You’ll be hard pressed to find any two games better than Batman: Arkham Knight and Arkham City, and it’s great to now have the whole Rocksteady trilogy remastered and playable on current-gen consoles. Forgotten history: One game that didn’t make the cut is 2013’s Arkham Origins, which wasn’t developed by Rocksteady and is set before the rest of the games. If you want to play it, you’ll need to pull out an old console or pick it up on PC. Bat Fancy: Looking to spend a little more time with the Dark Knight? The recently released Batman: Arkham VR offers a short-but-sweet virtual reality experience set in the Arkham universe, allowing you to actually become the bat. You’ll need a PS4 and a PlayStation VR to play it, though.

Also releasing this week:

October 17th

Franchise Hockey Manager 3 (PC, Mac)

October 18th

Batman: Return to Arkham (PS4, Xbox One)
Battlefield 1 Deluxe Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
The Bug Butcher (PS4)
Crazy Machines 3 (PC, Mac, Linux)
Demolish & Build Company 2017 (PC)
Eagle Flight (PC, Rift)
Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky (PS4, Vita)
Galaxy of Trian (PC)
The Jackbox Party Pack 3 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Lance A Lot (PC)
Lego Harry Potter Collection (PS4)
Mordheim: City Of The Damned (PS4, Xbox One)
Neverwinter: Storm King’s Thunder (PS4, Xbox One)
Rock Band Rivals (PS4, Xbox One)
SportsBarVR (PS4, Xbox One)
Soulless: Ray Of Hope (PC, Mac, Linux)
Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls (Vita)
The Whisperer in Darkness (PC, Mac, Linux)

October 19th

Arizona Rose and the Pirates’ Riddles (PC, Mac)
The Bug Butcher (Xbox One)
HoPiKo (PS4, Xbox One)
A Quiver of Crows (PC, Mac, Linux)
Rogues or Heroes (PC)
True Fear: Forsaken Souls (PC, Mac)
Unruly Ghouls (PC, Vive)
Wild Romance (PC

October 20th

Battalion Commander (Vita)
Fairune 2 (3DS)
The Keeper of 4 Elements (Vita)
Killing Room (PC)
Pirate Pop Plus (Wii U, 3DS)
Pixel Gear (PS4, PSVR)
Redrum: Dead Diary (PC)
Secrets of Magic: The Book of Spells (PC, Mac, Linux)
Ships 2017 (PC)
Slain: Back from Hell (PS4)
Starfighter Arduxim (PC, Rift, Vive)
SteamWorld Heist (Wii U)
Super Destronaut 2: Go Duck Yourself (Wii U)

October 21st

12 orbits (PC)
Awkward Dimensions Redux (PC, Mac, Linux)
Battlefield 1 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Crown Champion: Legends of the Arena (PC)
Horse Racing 2016 (Xbox One)
Negligee (PC, Mac, Linux)
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (PC)
Slain: Back from Hell (Xbox One)
Violet Haunted (PC)

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