Most anticipated game releases – September 2023

The best September 2023 games include Starfield, The Crew: Motorfest, and Cyberpunk 2077's upcoming DLC.

The September 2023 games list is one of the hottest in recent memory. From the massive Starfield to the promising Soulslike Lies of P, there’s something for everyone. Even motorheads will be happy this month. Here’s what’s coming out in September 2023, including some honorable mentions.

The Crew Motorfest is the best September 2023 game for racing fans.
Image via Ubisoft

The Crew: Motorfest (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC)

Publisher: Ubisoft
Ubisoft Ivory Tower
Price: $69.99
Release Date:
September 14

Just when you think the summer season is over, Ubisoft brings us back to the heat and smell of fuel in The Crew: Motorfest. This time we’re traveling to the Hawaiian islands. In this open-world game, we’ll be racing through the city of Honolulu. Additionally, we’ll be able to “test [our] off-road skills on the ashy slopes of a volcano [and] master the perfect curve on the tracks,” according to the game’s official website. We’ll also be able to drive on the beach and adventure through “hidden paths of the luxurious rainforest.” With over 400 cars as well, Ubisoft’s racing open-world title sounds like a nitro boost to the soul.

Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty is a highly anticipated September 2022 game release
Image via CD Projekt Red

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty (PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC)

Publisher: CD Projekt Red
Developer: CD Projekt Red
Price: $29.99
Release Date: September 26

The highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 DLC Phantom Liberty is releasing this month. Starring Idris Elba as Solomon Reed, V and Johnny Silverhand are taken into a new follow-up adventure. This time, you’ll be trying to save the NUSA President in a new area called Dogtown. The game’s Steam page teases that “your decisions impact not only the fate of the characters around you, but also yourself” when it comes to the ending. It’s one of the most anticipated September 2023 games because we can’t wait to see how it ends.

Lies of P is one of the most anticipated September 2023 games
Image via NEOWIZ

Lies of P (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC)

Publisher: NEOWIZ
Developer: NEOWIZ
Price: $59.99
Release Date: September 19

After a lengthy and promising demoLies of P is finally releasing this month. This Soulslike is set in a beautiful European-inspired world full of creepy machines and gothic architecture. You play as Pinocchio, a puppet that’s trapped in a horrific world. As he explores it, he’ll “untangle the unfathomable secrets of the city’s elites and choose whether to confront predicaments with the truth or weave lies to overcome them on the journey to find [himself,]” according to the Steam page. Hopefully, the game lives up its impactful demo from earlier this year.

Mortal Kombat 1 is rebooting the series once more.
Image via WB Games

Mortal Kombat 1 (PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC)

Publisher: WB Games
Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Price: $69.99
Release Date: September 19

Mortal Kombat 1 continues the fighting game hype this year. WB Games and NetherRealm Studios are bringing a new origin to the series with a fresh reset of the MK timeline. It will also introduce Kameo Fighters that can be summoned to help you pull off incredible combos or get you out of a bad situation. Hopefully, the game lives up to its high expectations. Homelander and Peacemaker will be a few of the DLC characters as well.

Starfield is the most anticipated September 2023 game.
Image via Bethesda

Starfield (Xbox Series X/S, PC)

Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Developer: Bethesda
Price: $69.99
Release Date: September 6

Starfield is the kind of game you desperately want to be good before it releases. There’s so much potential. You can travel to over 1,000 planets with all manner of cities and environments to explore. There are quests to complete, hopefully with many intriguing characters to meet. You can even customize your own spaceship to your liking. It’s a sci-fi fan’s dreams come to life. I really hope it lives up to everyone’s expectations, just like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim did in 2011. It would be a huge win for Xbox Game Studios if Starfield lands with players and critics.

Is FC 24 free to play?
Image via EA

Honorable Mentions

These five titles aren’t the only highlights from the September 2023 games list. It’s going to be a very busy month. You can also play the following:

  • Rune Factory 3 Special (Switch, PC) – September 5
  • Enchanted Portals (PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC) – September 6
  • Fae Farm (Switch) – September 8
  • NBA 2K24 (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC) – September 8
  • MythForce (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC) – September 12
  • Super Bomberman R 2 (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC) – September 12
  • Eternights (PS4, PS5, PC) – September 12
  • Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster (Switch) – September 14
  • Monster Hunter Now (Android, iOS) – September 14
  • Gloomhaven (PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch) – September 18
  • Party Animals (Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC) – September 20
  • Witchfire (PC) – September 20
  • PayDay 3 (PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC) – September 21
  • EA Sports FC 24 (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC) – September 22
  • Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC) – September 26
  • Mineko’s Night Market (Switch) – September 26
  • My Time at Sandrock (PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC) – September 26
  • Paleo Pines (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC)
  • Disney Speedstorm (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC) – September 28
  • Gothic Classic (Switch) – September 28
  • Infinity Strash: Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (PS4, PS5, Switch, PC) – September 28
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