Summer is here, and for most of us – it’s hot outside. So what better time to dive into a new video game? The summer may be light on releases, but there are still some out there worth taking a look at. We’ve got six exciting games that are on our list for July’s most anticipated video games. They range from spooky to challenging to downright nostalgic. And we’ve got one that our Screaming Firehawks are bound to love. Check out what made our list, and let us know which ones are on your list.

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Remnant II

Looking for something to really challenge you in July? Look no further than Gunfire Games and Gearbox Publishing’s Remnant II. This souls-like RPG pits the survivors of humanity against new deadly creatures and god-like bosses across terrifying worlds. And the best part is that you can tackle this one alone or alongside two other friends. Gameplay and the art style look utterly incredible, and we can’t wait to spend hours exploring the depths of the unknown.

Remnant II launches July 25, 2023, for PC through Steam, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.

Manic Mechanics

July is also bringing us Manic Mechanics, a chaotic couch co-op game where you and up to three fellow grease monkeys serve the car-obsessed residents of Octane Isle. Repair as many cars, trucks, choppers, tractors, mini-subs (and even UFOs) as possible to prove your worth in this hectic race against the clock. The gameplay and art style reminds me of Overcooked, so fans of that series should keep an eye out for this one. 

Manic Mechanics is releasing on July 13, 2023, exclusively for Nintendo Switch.

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The Expanse: A Telltale Series

Do we really need to tell you why you should play The Expanse: A Telltale Series? Not really – but we are going to! First off, any story-based adventure from Deck Nine and Telltale is an absolute must-play. Now mix in the world of The Expanse, and it becomes something that you drop everything to do in order to focus solely on this one thing. The story follows Camina Drummer as we explore the dangerous and uncharted edges of the Belt aboard the Artemis.

The Expanse: A Telltale Series drops July 27, 2023, for PC through Epic Game Store, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Pikmin 4 

Captain Olimar is in big trouble once again in the not-so-little world of Pikmin 4, a real-time strategy video game that puts you in charge of a pack of Pikmin. These loyal, curious helpers come in different types, including fire-resistant Red Pikmin and brand-new Ice Pikmin. You’ll be captaining the expedition, and the choices you make will determine how many Pikmin make it through the adventure. We also learned in the June Nintendo Direct that, for the first time ever, the series will introduce night mode. 

Pikmin 4 is releasing on July 21, 2023, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

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Now, Tequila Works’ Gylt isn’t a brand-new release, but it is new for quite a lot of people. The survival horror video game was originally released in 2019 exclusively for Google Stadia. With Stadia’s shutdown, it is finally making the jump to other platforms. Players control Sally as she searches for his missing cousin and ends up in a nightmare world that parallels her bullying. The gameplay focuses on solving puzzles and sneaking past enemies.

Gylt drops July 6, 2023, on PC through Steam, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and the Nintendo Switch.

Disney’s Illusion Island

And now it’s time for our final pick for July’s most anticipated video games. Join Mickey and his friends on a quest to explore the mysterious island of Monoth and recover three mystical books to save the world from disaster. Disney’s Illusion Island is an action-adventure platformer that supports multiplayer functionality. Play as your favorite characters and unlock special abilities as you perform high-flying platforming feats, solve fun puzzles, and take on epic boss battles.

Disney’s Illusion Island is releasing on July 28, 2023, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

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