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Holiday Video Game Releases to Get (Cautiously) Optimistic About

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It’s not controversial to say that we’re living in weird time. While the national mood may be gloomy, there are still things to be cautiously optimistic about. After all, there are new video games coming out soon. That’s something fun we can all agree on!

Watch Dogs: Legion

Watch Dogs: Legion launches this week, and it’s expected to be a big deal. After stealing the show at E3 last year, the game has drummed up some hype in advance of its release. Notably, the first game in the series similarly earned pre-release hype, only to disappoint upon its release. Here’s hoping that this game doesn’t suffer the same fate. The game release on October 29.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

The next epic tale of assassination and revenge in the Assassin’s Creed universe is taking things back to an ancient version of England. This fantasy-inspired version of the island is at once familiar and alien, as players take the role of a Viking protagonist.

As one of the most-requested locales for the Assassin’s Creed franchise, playing a pillaging Viking is sure to get players excited for a return to Ubisoft’s open-world game design.

If you haven’t played an AC game since the release of Origins, however, you should know that things are different in the franchise. There is more emphasis on storytelling, player choice and RPG-like elements that makes the series more varied than in prior installments. This entry launches on November 10.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light

The next expansion for Destiny 2 could just as easily have been Destiny 3, according to the developers. When the game launches on November 10, it will bring back an area from the first game, the Cosmodrome, while also “vaulting” several areas introduced in Destiny 2. This will clear the way for Bungie to shrink the game’s file size while decluttering the now-massive MMO.

The expansion promises to let players wield the power of the Darkness and a new element, Stasis, that can freeze enemies. Needless to say, this is a first for a franchise that has focused so intently on the Light.

Demon’s Souls Remake

One of the few launch titles for the PlayStation 5, Demon’s Souls Remake will be exactly what you expect: a tough-as-nails Souls game and a blast from the past. While most players were introduced to the genre through Dark Souls, From Software’s follow-up, the original Demon’s Souls remains a fan favorite. This one drops on November 12.

Cyberpunk 2077

After numerous delays and seven years from its announcement, Cyberpunk 2077 will finally launch on December 10. If that doesn’t excite you, then you’re not paying attention. The game’s massive open world is set in Night City, a cyberpunk dystopia taken from the pages of the 1990 tabletop RPG Cyberpunk 2020.

For longtime fans of the tabletop game, there are references aplenty to give you warm nostalgia for the Dark Future that could have been. For newcomers, a seedy city of sin and violence awaits in this hotly-anticipated RPG. Many have jokingly referred to Cyberpunk 2077 as everyone’s reward for making it through this crazy year.