January has been pretty quiet for new game releases, a typical lull after the holiday barrage. But things are set to get a lot more exciting in February, thanks to a robust string of new games on the way.
From Rocksteady Games’ take on the “Suicide Squad” comics (following a trio of sharp Batman games) to Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII Rebirth—and a fair bit in between—there’s quite a bit that’s worth playing in February. Here’s what we want to get our hands on.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League (Feb. 2)
After creating a trilogy of excellent Batman games, Rocksteady Games has spent the last several years building out a different kind of DC Comics action affair with Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. And we’re just days away from discovering whether it’s all been worth it.
The Suicide Squad game finds the group of infamous antiheroes battling against the likes of Batman, Superman, and The Flash, all of whom have been brainwashed and set on a murderous rampage. Early reactions to the game have been mixed, compared to a live-service online game like the middling Marvel’s Avengers. But Rocksteady’s history is so strong that we’re hoping that this Suicide Squad game will be another winner across PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.
Persona 3 Reload (Feb. 2)
Looking for a rich role-playing adventure to dig into this February? Persona 3 Reload is a significantly rebuilt version of the 2006 PlayStation 2 classic, bringing forward the story and characters from the original entry with more of a modern visual punch inspired by Persona 5.
It reportedly stays true to the original Japanese RPG while being more palatable to current gamers. Plus, it’ll be available through Xbox Game Pass from day one. Persona 3 Reload is releasing across PS5, PS4, PC, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One.
Foamstars (Feb. 6)
PlayStation gamers don’t get to enjoy Nintendo’s wonderfully charming Splatoon games—they’re basically squad-based shooters, but with paint—but maybe Square Enix’s new IP Foamstars will do the trick instead.
Set to release exclusively on PlayStation 4 and 5, Foamstars is a 4v4 online shooter in which you’ll wield firearms that blast out colorful sprays of foam, filling up each stage as you blast enemies and even create fresh terrain to use to your advantage. It’s stylish as heck, and on top of that, it’s totally free for PlayStation Plus subscribers to download and keep between February 6 and March 4. After that, it costs $30.
Skull and Bones (Feb. 16)
For a very long time, it looked as though we might never get Skull and Bones. After all, Ubisoft first announced the game back in 2017 and it’s been delayed several times since.
But now, this pirate simulation game—spun out from the popular Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag from a decade back—appears to be releasing in a few weeks. There’s even an open beta test coming before then. It’s finally happening. Hopefully, all those years of work and pivots added to a compelling action affair across PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Feb. 16)
So maybe it’s not a Super Mario Bros. Wonder-sized release, but anyone looking for a compelling Switch platform-puzzler might do well to check out Mario vs. Donkey Kong.
It’s a remake of a 20-year-old Game Boy Advance game, but don’t let that put you off it. This version is completely rebuilt with modern graphics, plus it looks to be an ideal pick-up-and-play handheld experience for filling the dull moments in your day. And it’s a little cheaper than some bigger Switch games at $50.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth (Feb. 29)
Continuing on from 2020’s Final Fantasy VII Remake, Square Enix’s FFVII Rebirth is the middle chapter in the publisher’s modern reimagining of the iconic PlayStation role-playing classic.
You’ll obviously want to play Remake first, but if you’re primed and ready, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth looks to be an even meatier quest than the previous chapter, since the adventure really opens up in a less linear fashion at this point in the storyline. It’s exclusive to PlayStation 5 for now, though we expect a PC version at some point, as with Remake. The trailer above suggests it’s a three-month exclusivity window, so the PC release could come sooner than later.
Edited by Ryan Ozawa.