June sees some heavy hitters arriving on the scene with new installments in some long running and beloved franchises.
I’ll be jumping in to Diablo IV with the early access on June 6th. Whether or not I pick up Final Fantasy XVI at launch will depend entirely on how much I’m still enjoying Diablo.
Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life looks great as a remaster of a classic. I know I’ll get it at some point, but right now I’m still playing Friends of Mineral Town and thanks to PS Plus just started Pioneers of Olive Town.
Finally, the big month ends with the release of AEW’s first game. Arcade wrestling is back when Yuke’s and THQ Nordic release AEW: Fight Forever on every platform.
Note that the list below is not even close to being every game releasing in June. This list is just the games that Gary is interested in.
June 2, 2023
Super Mega Baseball 4 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch)
Grab your glove and your bat, it’s time to go yard with the best to ever play the game because Super Mega Baseball™ 4 is here–and it’s where the Legends play. More than 200 larger-than-life versions of fan-favorite former pros like Vladimir Guerrero, Johnny Damon, Ozzie Smith, and Jason Giambi are ready to step onto the field and join the roster of beloved Super Mega League All-Stars. Hit, pitch, throw, and slide into home plate with the series’ signature combination of arcade-inspired style and immersive gameplay depth. Baseball becomes bigger and better than ever in Super Mega Baseball 4 with new features, familiar modes like Franchise and Pennant Race, and more. Plus, the latest title receives the series’ most Mega presentation upgrade yet, with eye-popping new visuals for everything from animations to characters to stadiums, as well as crystal-clear audio upgrades from the dugout to the bleachers. Based on community feedback, Super Mega Baseball 4 is introducing an entire lineup of new and fan-requested features that add fresh layers of depth, including an expanded trait system with Team Chemistry, Shuffle Draft, and 6 all-new stadiums. To create an even larger and more connected player base, cross-platform multiplayer has been expanded to include cross-generation matchmaking in Pennant Race and Online Leagues, so players can hit dingers with friends online across even more game systems.
Street Fighter 6 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC)
Street Fighter 6 will be the newest title in the series and the sequel to Street Fighter V, which has shipped a cumulative 6.1 million units. Capcom is developing the title with the aim of elevating the fighting game genre to a new level in the world of esports while also utilizing its cutting-edge development technology to produce an enthralling game experience.
June 6, 2023
Diablo IV (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC)
MEET YOUR MAKER Lilith has returned to Santuary, summoned by a dark ritual after eons in exile. Her return ushers in a new era of misery and darkness. LEGIONS OF CREATION An old legend has it that Sanctuary was created by the union of an Angel and a Demon, and that their descendants — humanity — built villages, then cities and empires, spreading across the land to form the world’s cultures and civilization. A REIGN OF ENMITY Chaos threatens to consume Sanctuary as evil and impeity continue to spread. Depraved demons and corrupted wildlife roam the land unchecked, as terrified townsfolk huddle in dark corners trying to survive one more day. CULT OF PERSONALITY The pious plead for guidance from their faith, but doubts have them feeling that their devotion is misplaced. Lilith’s return has spawned a new wave of cultists and worshippers, but regardless of dogma, all prayers remain unanswered. DAUGHTER OF HATRED The daughter of Mephisto awakens burning urges in the hearts of those around her, be it demon, human or beast. Profound fears, unchecked rage, repressed impulses, sinful desires — all are brought forth violently and irresistibly by her mere presence. UNSTOPPABLE EVIL As darkness returns to sanctuary, a brave few dare to face this threat. But what fate awaits them in a land forsaken by hope, valor, wisdom, and justice?
June 20, 2023
The Elder Scrolls Online: Necrom (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC)
Defend the secrets of Hermaeus Mora and fight to preserve reality itself with The Elder Scrolls Online: Necrom, part of the Shadow Over Morrowind saga. Master the new Arcanist class, explore Morrowind’s Telvanni Peninsula, and walk between worlds as you experience a new adventure that takes you from Tamriel into the mind-bending realm of Apocrypha itself.
June 22, 2023
Final Fantasy XVI (PS5)
Introducing FINAL FANTASY XVI Coming to PlayStation 5 An all-new title in the legendary FINAL FANTASY series. FINAL FANTASY XVI is the newest entry in the FINAL FANTASY series, coming to the PlayStation 5 (PS5) system. FINAL FANTASY XVI is an all-new standalone single player action RPG produced by Naoki Yoshida (FINAL FANTASY XIV, DRAGON QUEST X) and directed by Hiroshi Takai (FINAL FANTASY XIV, THE LAST REMNANT).
June 27, 2023
Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life (PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, Nintendo Switch)
Your new life begins in Forgotten Valley, a tranquil community where your father and his friend Takakura once dreamed of running a farm. As you befriend the valley’s residents and fulfill your father’s legacy, you’ll live a carefree life on the farm growing crops and raising animals. As the seasons go by, you’ll find your lifelong partner, raise a child together, and watch them grow up before your very eyes. This remake of a beloved classic features plenty of new events, enhanced festivals, more recipes to cook, and a cornucopia of never-before-seen crops. Looking for more to do around the farm? Take pictures of your family with the new camera feature, dress up in your favorite outfits, or help your fellow residents with their requests. Whether this is your first STORY OF SEASONS adventure or you’re returning to Forgotten Valley, a wonderful life awaits you.
June 29, 2023
AEW: Fight Forever (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC)
Developed by YUKE’s Co, Ltd., creators of numerous, multi-million unit selling wrestling games, AEW: Fight Forever combines that nostalgic arcade-wrestler feel with innovative All Elite Wrestling finishers and tandem offensive moves. All Elite Wrestling is currently taking TNT and TBS networks by storm every week with their Rampage and Dynamite shows, featuring some of the biggest legends to enter the ring plus a stable of brand new, high-flying, AEW talent. AEW: Fight Forever brings the best of the best from that talent roster together in one game! Online co-op wrestling is going completely next level in Fight Forever with Tag Team matches that feature sequences of team maneuvers performed with simple commands. A deep career mode, wrestler customization, signature AEW arenas, and more match types than you can count, including some good ol’ fashioned, unsanctioned fun, all await! * Combines nostagic arcade wrestling feel with innovative All Elite Wrestling finishers and offensive moves. * Talent roster combines biggest legends to enter the ring plus brand new, high-flying AEW stars! * Single, tag-team, 3-way, 4-way, ladder, Casino Battle Royale, Falls Count Anywhere, Unsanctioned Lights Out, Exploding Barbed Wire Death and online co-op multi-player matches! * Online co-op multi-player! * Tag team matches feature a sequence of team maneuvers performed with simple commands. * Deep career mode * Wide range of customization modes: wrestler attire and appearance, move sets, entrances, teams, and arenas. * More than 40 weapons! * Mini-Games! * Daily and weekly challenges!