January already delivered a few great games like Oxenfree, That Dragon, Cancer, and the Witness, and 2016 shows no signs of showing down with a packed February. From exciting sequels to stalwart franchises to new, original ideas, February’s gaming offerings run the gamut, and should provide something for everyone to play away those cold winter nights.
Among the February releases on the way are two of EW’s most anticipated games of 2016, Firewatch on Feb. 9 and Street Fighter V on Feb. 16. A new Far Cry that takes the franchise back to the Stone Age is also coming, along with the tale of the adorable Yarny in Unravel, and the return of beloved Nintendo franchise Fire Emblem. Read on for a preview of some of the month’s most exciting releases, along with a list of releases below.
Release Date: Feb. 9
Platforms: PS4, Windows, Mac, Linux
One of EW’s most anticipated games of the entire year, Campo Santo’s Firewatch makes an initial lasting impression thanks to its gorgeous visuals that will hopefully be matched by the actual experience of playing it. Set in the 1980s, players control a volunteer fire lookout, Henry, in a Wisconsin park. With an emphasis on story, players will explore the surrounding area and communicate with the outside world via walkie-talkie to Henry’s supervisor Delilah. Firewatch‘s pedigree includes developers from Telltale’s The Walking Dead and Klei’s Mark of the Ninja, along with artist Olly Moss, which will all hopefully translate into a narrative-focused, gorgeous adventure.
Release Date: Feb. 9
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows
A stark contrast from the bulk of Electronic Arts’ offerings, Unravel looks like an adorable journey that takes advantage of its protagonist Yarny’s design as a launching point for both the game’s artistic palette and its gameplay. While teases for the game have looked promising, we’re excited to finally get our hands on it and see if Yarny can stand out from the rest of the platforming pack… or if we’d just rather have a real-life Yarny sitting on our desk.
Release Date: Feb. 16
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Linux
Capcom’s flagship fighting franchise returns with its next numbered entry, a major step for the franchise after the longevity of Street Fighter IV (and its many offshoots). A blend of returning and new fighters, the new V-Gauge mechanic, and much more are on the way for players looking forward to the next evolution of the long-running series.
Release Date: Feb. 23
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One (Windows March 1)
EW’s recent hands-on with the next Far Cry suggested a promising but not wholly unfamiliar adventure awaits Far Cry fans in the Stone Age. Tame prehistoric beasts, build settlements, and raise some mayhem in a time long, long ago that retains the essence of the Ubisoft franchise while hoping to forge a new, ancient path.
Release Date: Feb. 27
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
OK, so there isn’t a new Pokémon release debuting on the 20th anniversary of the franchise, but Nintendo and Game Freak are reviving the games that started the entire pocket monster craze and bringing them into the present. In honor of the landmark year, the first entries in the Pokémon franchise will arrive on modern handhelds, and have been altered to allow wireless functionality for battles and trading, so there’s no need to rummage through your childhood belongings for a link cable.
Other big releases:
Cobalt (Xbox One, 360, PC) — Feb. 2
Crypt of the Necrodancer (PS4, Vita) — Feb. 2
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (PS4, Vita) — Feb. 2
XCOM 2 (PC) — Feb. 5
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia, Trilogy Pack (Xbox One, PS4, PC) — Feb. 9
Gravity Rush Remastered (PS4) — Feb. 9
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (PS4, previously on Xbox One) — Feb. 9
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) — Feb. 9
Tron Run/r (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, Conquest (3DS) — Feb. 19
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) — Feb. 23
The Walking Dead: Michonne (Platforms TBD) — Feb. 2016
Rocket League (Xbox One, previously on PS4, PC) — Feb. 2016