Keeping track of the latest released video games is an increasingly complex task, with many storefronts for PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch, mobile and more to keep track of, but don’t worry, I’m here to help. Every month, I’ll run the games you need to keep an eye on, from the big three-way titles, to exciting indie games you might otherwise ignore.
After a slow few months, things improved a bit in June, with the release of the ever-controversial immortal Diablo, the latest supermassive horror The Quarry, and a pair of Nintendo titles in Mario Strikers: Battle League and Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes. Meanwhile, on the independent front, we’re the skilled Card Shark, the extreme horror adventure Fobia – Hotel St. Dinna’s, and more.
NB: Although I have played demos or got early access to some of the games recommended in this article, in most cases I simply choose the ones that look promising, and I can’t guarantee the final product. Don’t wait for reviews before buying!
However, here are the games you should be looking for in June…
Diablo Immortal (mobile, June 1; PC, June 2)
After a lot of backlash and gnashing of teeth from fans, Diablo Immortal finally arrived this week, and no, you guys don’t have to have phones to play it. The game will also be available on PC, although a lot of the decorations and monetization for the mobile game will remain. Blizzard promises Diablo Immortal will be a complete ARPG experience, and early testing has greatly supported that. Whether or not fans of Immortal Tide until Diablo IV remain is unclear, but since the game is free, your trip to Hell won’t cost you much. You can get the game here.
Mario Strikers: Battle League (Switch, June 10)
After a 15-year absence, Nintendo’s favorite soccer franchise returns with Mario Strikers: Battle League. The new game looks to offer more premium soccer gameplay and augmented with past entries from the series, but this time around there’s more emphasis placed on online action, including the ability to form clubs in order to engage in ranked play. Nice to see Mario get dirty again. You can pre-order the game here.
The Quarry (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, and PS5, June 10)
Developers Supermassive Games put themselves on the map with their surprise and exclusive hit on PS4, but they’re never quite that high again. Sure, they’ve continued to do the choice-based horror thing with The Dark Pictures Anthology and other games, but they clearly haven’t had the resources to replicate the success of Until Dawn. Well, the quarry might change that. Funded by deep-pocketed 2K games, The Quarry appears to be the biggest and deadliest Supermassive massacre to date. You can pre-order the game here.
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (Switch, June 24)
Nothing stops the drums of new Musou games from Koei Tecmo, the latest of which is Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes. As the name suggests, the game takes place in the same universe as Fire Emblem: Three Houses of 2019, and promises plenty of hack ‘n’ slash action, some light strategy elements, and a whole new storyline. The first Fire Emblem Warriors was a solid effort, so we hope this follow-up is a similarly successful hit. You can pre-order the game here.
DNF Duel (PC, PS4, and PS5, June 28)
Dungeon Fighter Online may not have been a huge hit in the West, but the action-RPG has been a huge hit in Asia, attracting hundreds of millions of gamers, and now the series is getting its own fighting game from Arc System Works. DNF Duel looks to deliver the great visuals and heavy, packed action you’ve come to expect from the makers of Guilty Gear, so even if you’re not familiar with Dungeon Fighter Online, this Duel might be for you. You can pre-order the game here.
Card Shark (PC & Switch, June 2)
There are a lot of games available with card mechanics, but few really replicate the experience of playing cards. The Shark Card is the exception. The game shows players as skilled 18The tenth Century cheats, who use every trick in the book – marking cards, fake shuffles, desktop swaps, fake deals – to cheat their scores. But it’s not all in vain on your deck, Card Shark also offers an interesting story too. This guy looks like he’s playing a whole bunch. Here’s Card Shark’s Steam page.
Souldiers (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5 & Switch, June 2)
Souldiers is stepping into a lot of recent trends – it’s a Metroidvania, Soulslike, and hardcore platformer all rolled into one. This may sound derivative, but Souldiers looks appealing nonetheless, thanks to its lush 2D visuals, great action, and a solid soundtrack. Sometimes it’s okay not to break new ground, as long as you have a soul. Here’s the Souldiers’ Steam page.
Fobia – St. Dina’s Hotel (PC, Xbox Series X/S, PS4 & PS5, June 28)
Hotel Fobia – St. Dinfna has a fairly homogeneous art style somewhat reminiscent of PT and the various games that inspired it, but this isn’t a walking horror game. You can also expect a lot of intricate puzzles that rely on a camera that can see the past and the future, as well as full action while facing various hideous monsters that haunt the hotel. This sounds like a surprisingly ambitious nightmare. Here is the Steam page for Fobia – St.
The full list of games to watch in June:
- Silt (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5 & Switch, June 1)
- Card Shark (PC & Switch, June 2)
- Diablo Immortal (PC and mobile, June 2)
- Souldiers (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5 & Switch, June 2)
- The Cycle: Frontier (PC, June 8)
- Even If It’s Storm (Switch, June 9)
- Mail: Brain Damaged (PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Switch, June 9)
- Tour de France 22 (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4 and PS5, June 9)
- Mario Strikers: Battle League (Switch, June 10)
- Metal Max Xeno Reborn (PC, PS4 and Switch, June 10)
- Please Fix the Way (PC, Jun 10)
- The Quarry (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, and PS5, June 10)
- Overlord: Escape from Nazarick (PC & Switch, June 16)
- Skeleton Crew (PC, June 16)
- Redout 2 (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5 & Switch, June 16)
- Starship Troopers: Terran Command (PC, June 16)
- Zorro: The Chronicles (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, Switch & Stadia, June 16)
- Sonic Origins (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5 & Switch, June 23)
- AI: The Somnium Files – Nirvana Initiative (PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Switch, June 24)
- Capcom Fighting Bundle (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5 & Switch, June 24)
- Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (Switch, June 24)
- Madison (PC, Xbox Series X/S, PS4 and PS5, June 24)
- DNF Duel (PC, PS4, and PS5, June 28)
- MX vs ATV Legends (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, and PS5, June 28)
- Fobia – St. Dina’s Hotel (PC, Xbox Series X/S, PS4 & PS5, June 28)
- Rabbids: Party of Legends (Xbox One, PS4, Switch & Stadia, June 30)
And these are the games you should keep an eye on for the next month. What games do you plan to buy in June? Did I miss anything to look forward to?