April video games releases
No matter what console they own, gamers will have plenty to do while they wait out the inevitable April showers. The first full month of spring brings with it a host of platform exclusives and major wide releases.
Remedy Studios, the team behind Max Payne and Alan Wake, brings their latest, Quantum Break, to Xbox One. The offering combines a traditional third-action game with interstitial TV episodes that are changed by the players’ choices.
PlayStation 4 sees the return of classic Sony franchise Ratchet & Clank, which receives a reboot this month alongside the franchise’s first feature film (which comes more than a decade after the series’ debut).
And last but not least, Wii U owners can pick up a pair of Star Fox games, with Star Fox Zero and the recently revealed Star Fox Guard debuting later this month.
April also sees the release of a few multiplatform releases, including the eagerly anticipated Dark Souls III, Enter the Gungeon, and many more.
Read on for more on some of EW’s most anticipated games of the month, along with a list of other releases coming in the next few weeks.
Release Date: March 5
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Remedy’s latest franchise tackles the tricky subject of time travel. Players embark on a quest as Jack Joyce (Shawn Ashmore) against the evil Monarch Corporation and its boss Paul Seren (Aidan Gillen). Announced alongside the reveal of the Xbox One, Quantum Break includes traditional third-person shooting, some unique time-manipulation powers, and an unconventional approach to storytelling. Half-hour TV shows break up the action, telling the Monarch side of the story while the player-controlled segments focus on Jack’s journey.
Ratchet & Clank
Release Date: April 12
Platforms: PlayStation 4
The Ratchet & Clank game reboot based on the movie based on the game arrives later this month, revitalizing the franchise that first appeared on the PlayStation 2. Not a strict remake of the original game, the newest, simply-titled entry takes cues from throughout the franchise while restarting the story of its titular lombax and robot protagonists. Whether Insomniac Games can recapture the fun of the series’ best games is a question left unanswered until the game debuts, but every tease of what’s to come indicates that players are in for an absolutely gorgeous adventure, as seen in the trailer above.
Star Fox Zero
Release Date: April 21
Platforms: WII U
Reviving the classic space shooter action of the Star Fox series for the first time in about a decade, Zero hopes to take advantage of the Wii U GamePad as players pilot Fox McClouds Arwing through new and classic locales. For more on the game, read EW’s interview with Shigeru Miyamoto about what Star Fox Zero introduces, harkens back to, and more.
Enter the Gungeon
Release Date: April 5
Platforms: PS4, PC, Mac
Though expected to hit a bit earlier, our excitement for& Enter the Gungeon hasn’t waned since first trying out the title. Adorable characters and a flurry of bullets looks to make for an enjoyable mix, one featuring dozens of weapons and items with which to cause mayhem as players explore, collect, and tackle the game’s toughest challenges.
Dirt Rally (PS4, Xbox One) — April 5
Dark Souls III (PS4, Xbox One, PC) — Apri l12
Stories: The Path of Destinies (PS4) — April 12
Bravely Second: End Layer (DS) — April 15
Invisible, Inc. (PS4) — April 19
Star Fox Guard (Wii U) — April 22
Alienation (PS4) — April 26
Total War: Warhammer (Windows, Mac) — April 28
Lost Reavers (Wii U) — April 28
Mini Mario and Friends (Wii U, 3DS) — April 28