Xbox One release roundup for the week of September 12, 2016

Yet another week has passed and with that concludes another week of Xbox One releases. This week the Xbox One saw a strong lineup of titles, including first-party exclusives, HD remasters and highly-anticipated next-generation titles.

The week started off with a number of big launches, including Microsoft's first in-house title of the fall, ReCore. Gamers were also able to relive their nostalgia with BioShock: The Collection and the Dead Rising Triple Pack, bringing two classic franchises to the Xbox One. Other notable releases included the launch of The Witness and NHL 17 for the console.

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

Tuesday, September 13


Price: $39.99 // Publisher: Microsoft Studios

From the legendary creator Keiji Inafune and the makers of Metroid Prime comes "ReCore", an action-adventure masterfully crafted for a new generation. As one of the last remaining humans on a planet controlled by robotic foes bent on your destruction, you must forge friendships with a courageous group of robot companions, each with unique abilities and powers. Lead this band of unlikely heroes on an epic adventure through a mysterious, dynamic world.

The Witness

Price: $39.99 // Publisher: Thekla, Inc.

The Witness is a single-player game in an open world with dozens of locations to explore and over 500 puzzles. This game respects you as an intelligent player and it treats your time as precious. There's no filler; each of those puzzles brings its own new idea into the mix. So, this is a game full of ideas.

BioShock: The Collection

Price: $59.99 // Publisher: 2K

Return to the cities of Rapture and Columbia and experience the award-winning BioShock franchise like never before, beautifully remastered in 1080p. BioShock: The Collection contains all single-player content from BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite, all single-player add-on content, the "Columbia's Finest" pack, and Director's Commentary: Imagining BioShock, featuring Ken Levine and Shawn Robertson.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2017

Price: $59.99 // Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment

The award winning series returns taking the famed gameplay to a new level by achieving interactive reality in both control and new authentic visuals.

Dead Rising Triple Bundle Pack

Price: $59.49 // Publisher: Capcom U.S.A., Inc

Enjoy three times the zombies with the Dead Rising Triple Bundle Pack, containing Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2, and Dead Rising 2 Off The Record. What a time to be undead!

NASCAR Heat Evolution

Price: $59.99 // Publisher: Dusenberry Martin Racing

For the first time on Xbox One, race as your favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers across all 23 licensed NASCAR tracks in stunning HD with incredibly detailed environments. Get ready for the most fun you've had with a NASCAR game in years! Whether you're a casual racer or die-hard sim fan, NASCAR Heat Evolution will adjust to your skill level with a brand new AI and Speed Rating system that applies the right amount of challenge for you.


Price: $59.99 // Publisher: Electronic Arts

Shape Your Legacy in NHL® 17, the biggest and most exciting hockey game to date. Whether you compete online in a bid for glory, live out your ultimate hockey fantasy in offline single player modes, or simply lace up and jump over the boards for exciting and innovative hockey gameplay - NHL 17 gives you the chance to Shape Your Legacy on and off the ice.

Wednesday, September 14

Perfect Woman

Price: $8.99 // Publisher: Peter Lu & Lea Schönfelder

Perfect Woman is a game inspired by the ubiquitous personality questionnaires featured in women's magazines and the female roles they define. There are so many such roles emphasizing aspects of family, career, experience, sex and more. But these can not possibly characterize the depth and complexity of a woman's life. Perfect Woman uses these stereotypes as building blocks for you to be your OWN perfect woman.

Thursday, September 15


Price: $49.99 // Publisher: 505 Games

PAYDAY2 - THE BIG SCORE Game Bundle is the total package. It comes complete with the PAYDAY 2 CRIMEWAVE EDITION game, plus THE BIG SCORE DLC Bundle! It's all things PAYDAY 2, in one place. This complete bundle comes loaded with content including, heists, weapons, characters, masks and more! It is the biggest score in the history of PAYDAY

Just Sing

Price: $29.99 // Publisher: Ubisoft

Create your own music videos with Just Sing™! Sing or lip sync to your favourite songs – from the hottest hits to all-time classics. A smartphone is all you need to get the party started! Simply download the free Just Sing Companion App to your smartphone, sync it with your console and use your smartphone as your microphone and camera.

Friday, September 16

Mount & Blade: Warband

Price: $19.99 // Publisher: TaleWorlds Entertainment

Mount & Blade: Warband is the iconic entry in the series that brought medieval battlefields to life with its realistic mounted combat and detailed fighting system.

Looking forward

Over the coming week, the Xbox One is set to see more big releases, including Destiny's Rise of Iron expansion and NBA 2K17. Those who pre-ordered Forza Horizon 3's Ultimate Edition will also get early access to the game this Friday, ahead of the official launch on Tuesday, September 27. Firewatch will also be making a transition to the Xbox One after a few months of exclusivity on the PlayStation 4 and PC.

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.

  • Sincerely appreciate you doing this each week, but any chance you could give us Central's view on certain games in the article too? I don't mean a full review, just a few snippets for any titles you guys may have played or come across. Even if it was just the pros and cons summary and link to the relevant review. The Witness caught my eye in the store last week. But, all games will have to wait in the queue behind BF1.
  • In future roundups I'll look into this - we usually try to highlight some of the best titles inside the opening paragraph, but I'll look into other options (:
  • Where are the This week on Xbox One articles with nice giveaways? I miss those (both the article and the giveaway). I've noticed their absence for quite some time now. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • We've put aside This Week In Xbox for now, but we're still regularly doing giveaways through streams on Beam and Twitch, as well as the podcast!
  • I hope you'll bring it back. I don't have time for streams and besides, they are usually at times when I'm sleeping :/ Even though I'd like to participate. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • ReCore is my favourite game of the year - I get why it can't win Game of the Year but it's by far the one I've had the most fun playing this year. Switching between PC and Xbox One is seamless too! The loading times on console are a bit of a drag but that issue is lessened on a PC w/ SSD - Also at 1080p the game runs maxed out @ 60FPS on pretty modest hardware and has a few extra graphical effects over console. I'm enjoying it on both! It does highlight (if you play the PC version on something lower-end like a GTX 960) how much we need Scorpio in the console world when a modest card like that can run a game noticeably better than the Xbox One. Buy it though regardless of what you will be playing on if you just want to have fun, and also a bit of a challenge - If you grew up playing games from the N64 era I think you'll love it.
  • Ah man Firewatch coming to Xbox One would have been perfect for Xbox Play Anywhere - I really hope publishers will see how successful it could be if they embrace it. I'm definitely more likely to pick up a game earlier and at less of a discount from the MS Store, where as Steam heavily discount games a few times a year which is probably when a LOT of purchases are made through the platform. Would be interesting to see the % of full price purchases across the different platforms like Steam, GoG, Xbox / MS Store for games vs % of sales when games are on offer.
  • Firewatch is a truly amazing title - I've actually re-purchased it for the Xbox One too :P