Usually, July is one of the slow months, but with all these remote “not exactly E3” presentations that we had in June, there’s actually quite a stacked list of surprise indie releases. Together with the AAAs that were already supposed to come out in July, plus the games that were delayed to July due to the COVID pandemic, it makes for a pretty hefty release month.

Marvel’s Iron Man VR (July 3 – PS4)

This will be the last major PSVR title before PlayStation 5 comes out, and we have been waiting for it for a while. Step into Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit and be a superhero as you fly around, shoot lasers, and generally stop evildoers in the most stylish way possible.

Rite (July 6 – PC)

If you are looking for a new precision platformer along the lines of Celeste or Super Meat Boy, this is it. It’s fairly basic. Dodge death traps as you collect coins. Collect enough coins to get to the next area. You can either collect just enough to move on or attempt to 100 percent each level for bragging rights. All you need to do is not die.

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 (July 10 – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)

The sequel to the original Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon introduces three new characters, a ton of new gameplay options, and multiplayer mode. It’s classic sprite-based Castlevania gameplay, all over again. Bloodstained is shaping up to be a massive new name in the platformer genre.

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise (July 10 – Switch)

Who’d have thought that a sequel to a decade-old horror investigation game would be one of the Switch’s major titles? We know practically nothing about this game. All we know is that it takes place in two time periods, the present day following Aaliyah Davis, an FBI agent who reopens an old investigation, and Francis York Morgan, who encountered supernatural events fourteen years prior in Le Carre, which is based on New Orleans.

F1 2020 (July 10 – PC, PS4, XBO, Stadia)

There are two major racing games coming out this month. F1 2020 will introduce new street circuits and a new team management feature that allows you to recruit everyone from suppliers, to engineers, second drivers, and pit crews.

NASCAR Heat 5 (July 10 – PC, PS4, XBO)

This is the other major racing title, and it doesn’t have a whole lot more than its previous installment. It does include a new single-player track testing mode and minor tweaks to pit stops, but you are mostly getting the same game with a few new tracks.

Rocket Arena (July 14 – PC, PS4 XBO)

If the rocket launcher is your weapon of choice in FPS games, then this is the game for you. It’s a multiplayer competitive FPS where every weapon is a rocket launcher. Homing rockets, AOE rockets, acid rockets, rockets that do everything you can think of are at your beck and call.

Neon Abyss (July 14 – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)

Neon Abyss is a run n’ gun rogue-lite that has tons of guns and modifiers to allow you to create your favorite random dream weapon. Not to mention each floor of the dungeon will have new rules, new enemies, and even new mini-games to play. How deep can you get into the abyss?

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (July 14 – PC, Switch)

This remake of a beloved Harvest Moon game takes what is arguably one of the best in the series and modernizes it for current-gen platforms. This is a remake from the ground up, from graphics to gameplay, so if you need a good farming sim, this is the one for you.

Bounty Battle (July 16 – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)

You might think that Smash Bros. is the only platform fighting game out there, but you’d be wrong. Bounty Battle is essentially Smash except its roster is made up of notable indie figures, like Owl Boy or the main character from Dead Cells. Who is the best indie icon? You decide!

Drake Hollow (July 17 – PC, XBO)

What happens if you take Pikmin and Fortnite and put them together in a strange mishmash created by the same developers behind The Fire in the Flood? You get one heck of a bizarre emotional co-op base building experience. With elements of sim games, tower defense games, exploration games, and much more, this is definitely going to be one of the more interesting experimental titles in July’s lineup.

Ghost of Tsushima (July 17 – PS4)

The PS4 is going the way of the dinosaur, and it had two major exclusives to send it off. The first was last month’s The Last of Us Part II. The second is this game, Ghost of Tsushima, which is kind of like what would happen if you put Breath of the Wild and a Kurosawa samurai movie together. It’s probably going to be the next big open-world craze, but I’m personally more into it because of how faithfully it recreates the samurai aesthetic.

Paper Mario: The Origami King (July 17 – Switch)

It’s been a while since Paper Mario had a hit game. Sticker Star and Color Splash just didn’t scratch the same itch that The Thousand Year Door did. Will The Origami King take us back to form? Well, it still seems rather experimental what with its ring battles, but it certainly looks more like a traditional Paper Mario than recent games in the franchise do. We will have to wait and see.

Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break (July 21 – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)

The major draw to this third in a series of mythical bowling simulators is the ability to create your own stages. Create courses, line them with enemies, and try to bust into your opponent’s fort before they bust into yours.

Roki (July 23 – PC)

Roki is a fairytale-like fantasy game based on Scandinavian folklore. Follow a girl touched by magic and you make decisions, explore the landscape, and solve puzzles. It is a dark and mostly narrative-driven storytelling experience with a unique hook. “Explore a world filled with monsters that shouldn’t exist.”

Rogue Legacy 2 (July 23 – PC)

This is perhaps the biggest indie release of the month. Rogue Legacy was one of the first big indie smashes, combining roguelike elements with Metroidvania style gameplay. Now the sequel will bring with it a bigger castle to explore, a bigger base to build, more random options for your knights, and of course, hyperflatulence.

Circadian City (July 24 – PC, Switch)

In Stardew Valley you escape to a farm because you were stuck in a dead-end job and a sucky life. In Circadian City, you don’t escape that sucky life. Your fairytale farm only exists in your dreams, and the better you do on that farm, the more energy you have to face the soul-sucking day to day grind.

Dandy Ace (July 28 – PC)

Dandy Ace is a top-down isometric dungeon crawler rogue-lite with a card mechanic. It’s like of like Slay the Spire meets Diablo with an absolutely fabulous coat of paint.

Othercide (July 28 – PC, PS4, XBO)

It’s just a month of mashups. Othercide is kind of like XCOM meets Dark Souls. You’ll be put up against incredibly difficult gothic horror bosses and will have to squeeze absolutely everything out of your characters to survive. Be careful, because death means more than just a respawn.

Fairy Tail (July 31 – PC, PS4, Switch)

A combination of an RPG and a franchise fighter Fairy Tail will allow you to re-live iconic moments from the anime and manga, all while building your own dream guild.

Monster Crown (July 31 – PC)

Finally, we have Monster Crown which can only be described as grimdark Pokémon. It has the same sprite-based look as the Gameboy originals, with a darker tone and over 1000 monsters to catch, breed, and battle.

Which games are you looking forward to in July? Let us know in the comments.