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6 of the biggest next-gen launch titles

Fear not, it's not all remakes and ports come console launch season.

The new era of consoles is almost here, but games have a little bit of catching up to do. Development delays caused in part by the pandemic have already pushed back major titles like Halo: Infinite leaving the release roster of games for Microsoft and Sony's next-gen consoles feeling a little light.

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That doesn't mean all is lost when it comes to major releases, however. Here are six of the biggest games that will be ready this holiday season.

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Watch Dogs: Legion (PS5 and Xbox)

Set in London and features some pretty nifty co-op gameplay and the ability to recruit citizens in your fight against a dystopic surveillance state, Watch Dogs: Legion will release on October 29.

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla (PS5 and Xbox)

The next installment of Assasin's Creed follows an alternative history of Vikings invading Britain and casts players as Eivor, a raider who becomes involved in a conflict between the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order. Ubisoft has already released 30 mins of Valhalla's gameplay.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Xbox)

It's no Halo, but the eighth installment of Yakuza is coming to next-gen Xbox consoles on launch day. The game will stay true to the Yakuza series' spirit with one major exception: gameplay will be a turn-based system as opposed to the beat the previous games' "beat em' up" style.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5)

Spider-Man is back for the next generation consoles and slated to be released as a launch title for the PlayStation 5. Sony has already shown off some of the gameplay in a major event and it's safe to say that from what we've seen, this game uses next-gen graphics to their full potential.

Bugsnax (PS5)

An action-adventure game dripping with enticing character design and personality, Bugsnax looks cute as hell. You're a journalist invited to an island by a mysterious explorer to document the half-bug, half-snack flora and fauna. It might not be the most flashy game for showing off next-gen graphics, but boy does it bode well for plush toy sales.

The Medium (Xbox)

While this game isn't entirely new (it was released in December and is being re-mastered for the Xbox Series X), this could be an upgrade worth revisiting. The Xbox's power and ray-tracing abilities look set to bring a whole new dynamic to The Medium's brand of psychological horror. We can't wait.

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