Xbox One release roundup for the week of August 22, 2016

The month of September is just around the corner and with that, comes a huge onslaught of titles prior to the holidays. As the summer drought concludes, this week's line-up was packed with a number highly-anticipated of triple-A releases.

This week, Square Enix released the next entry to the Deus Ex franchise, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided which scored mostly positive reviews across the board. Electronic Arts also debuted this year's release of its football franchise, Madden NFL 17. Other highlights over the week included Team17's Worms W.M.D and the first-person adventure title, Valley.

Here's a full recap of all the Xbox One releases this week:

Tuesday, August 23

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Price: $59.99 // Publisher: Square Enix

The year is 2029, and mechanically augmented humans have been deemed outcasts, segregated from the rest of society. Now an elite covert agent, Adam Jensen is forced to operate in a world that has grown to despise his kind. Armed with an arsenal of state-of-the-art weapons and augmentations, he must choose the right approach, along with who to trust, in order to unravel a vast worldwide conspiracy.

Worms W.M.D

Price: $29.99 // Publisher: Team17 Digital Ltd

The worms are back in their most destructive game yet. With a gorgeous, hand-drawn 2D look, brand new weapons, the introduction of crafting, vehicles and buildings plus the return of some much-loved classic weapons and gameplay, Worms W.M.D is the best worms experience ever.


Price: $9.99 // Publisher: Milestone S.r.l.

Armikrog is a unique stop motion clay animated point and click adventure game from the creators of Earthworm Jim and the Neverhood. Unravel the mysteries of the fortress that holds Tommynaut and his blind alien talking dog Beak-Beak captive through exploration and puzzle solving!

Madden NFL 17

Price: $59.99 // Publisher: Electronic Arts

Take your team all the way in Madden NFL 17 and put yourself at the center of your team's Championship run in Franchise mode, delivering new ways to play and more decisions to make. Arm your team for gridiron glory on both sides of the ball with innovative ball carrier feedback cues, defender fake out mechanics and a new, authentic defensive AI system.

Wednesday, August 24


Price: $19.99 // Publisher: Blue Isle Studios

Valley is a First-Person adventure unlike any other. Hidden deep within a remote region of the Rocky Mountains, you find yourself bewildered within a secluded valley. With the power of a recently discovered L.E.A.F. suit (Leap Effortlessly though Air Functionality), run and jump your way through beautiful forests, dangerous ruins and vast environments; all the while utilizing the power to control life and death to uncover the startling secrets of the mysterious valley.

Thursday, August 25

Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy

Price: $19.99 // Publisher: Slitherine Ltd

The universe is a dangerous place. In the 22nd century, we left a dying earth so that a fortunate few could settle the new home we call Novus. In time, we would learn that life on a frontier colony is neither prosperous nor peaceful. Our first encounter with the nautilid started with hostilities and confusion, and ended with sacrifice. Fourteen years later, our leaders remain politically entangled and unable to see the threats that linger, both afar and within our own walls…

Friday, August 26

Solar Shifter EX

Price: $9.99 // Publisher: Headup Games

Warp into action with Solar Shifter EX. Man your ship and dive into fierce combat situations in space and over beautiful and distant planet surfaces. Solar Shifter EX is a sci-fi shoot 'em up with the unique ability to 'shift'. Your only weapon is your ship: The Phase Shifter has been outfitted with a one-of-a-kind jump drive that lets you warp out of tough situations at will, a technique which will challenge you of to your limits when surviving the masses of enemies coming at you from all sides in this true bullet hell.

Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren's Call

Price: $9.99 // Publisher: Artifex Mundi

When Sarah Black, curator at the Caribbean Naval Museum, receives a package from a mysterious messenger, she is unwittingly drawn into an ancient conflict. Inside the package she finds an artifact, and instantly assailants descend on the museum to rob her. The artifact is stolen. Sarah lowers her head in disbelief as she realizes that again she is falling headfirst into a nightmare from the deep.


Price: $13.99 // Publisher: Deck13

Award-winning same-screen party racing for up to 16 players! Race brutal-cute aliens on exotic planets, using weapon powerups and physics-based vehicles to annihilate your competition in frantic round-based combat.

Looking forward

Next week is packed with a strong line-up of ID@Xbox titles, including the highly-anticipated first-person puzzler, The Turing Test. A horror classic, Resident Evil 4, also hits the Xbox One on Tuesday, with reworked 1080p visuals and an increased frame rate.

This list has been compiled from Xbox Store listings at the end of the week, alongside any other notable releases.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.