The dry season for games is in the rear-view mirror, and August is one of the last months before we see the onslaught that is Q4. But that doesn’t mean your wallet is off scot-free.
Starting the month is Ninja Theory’s self-published Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. The action game based on Celtic mythology explores a characters personal, psychological journey. If you’re looking for something a little lighter, Cliff Bleszinki’s multiplayer shooter LawBreakers releases on the same day.
Near the tail-end of August, we have the Nintendo/Ubisoft mash-up, Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle. The game blends both franchises into a tactical shooter, where planning is the key to success. Uncharted is also seeing a stand-alone release, with Chloe Frazer taking up the lead role in The Lost Legacy.
For a more in-depth look at upcoming games – including some we may have missed – make sure to check our supplemental “Releasing This Week” article every Monday. For an overview of the year, check out the 2017 Game Release Schedule, which we'll periodically be updating.
Note: While this list is intended to be as comprehensive as possible, it is difficult to cover everything, especially with the growing prominence of downloadable and indie games. The dates of some releases can also shift around. If you notice anything that's missing, please let us know in the comments, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
PS4, Xbox One, PC
The Long Dark is a thoughtful, exploration-survival experience that challenges solo players to think for themselves as they explore an expansive frozen wilderness in the aftermath of a geomagnetic disaster. There are no zombies -- only you, the cold, and all the threats Mother Nature can muster.
Xbox One, PC
Discovery. Exploration. Isolation. What is life like 200,000 miles from Earth? Uncover the mysteries held by Lunar Transfer Station Tacoma and its crew, living at the edge of humanity's reach. Tacoma, the next game from the creators of “Gone Home."
Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath features six brand new acts - doubling the size of current game. The Fall of Oriath also introduces a new Pantheon character-customization system that lets players wield the power of the gods themselves.
The story is based on Celtic mythology. The game is focused on Senua's point of view, as she embarks on a very personal journey through a hellish underworld made up of Senua's psychotic manifestations of her own reality and mind.
Bring your skills and get ready to deliver death from every angle as you compete in unprecedented gravity-defying combat in LawBreakers, the new first-person shooter from legendary game designer Cliff Bleszinski and the Boss Key Productions team.
PS4, Xbox One, PC
As a man or woman stranded naked, freezing and starving on the shores of a mysterious island called ARK, use your skill and cunning to kill or tame & ride the leviathan dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the land. Hunt, harvest resources, craft items, grow crops, research technologies, and build shelters to withstand the elements, while teaming up with or preying upon hundreds of other players to survive, dominate... and escape!
Sudden Strike is back! The beloved Real Time Strategy series returns, this time with bigger battlefields, more units, better graphics, new scenarios and legendary commanders with individual abilities – all of which makes Sudden Strike 4 more tactical and realistic than ever before!
Cities: Skylines is a modern take on the classic city simulation. The game introduces new gameplay elements to realize the thrill and hardships of creating and maintaining a real city whilst expanding on some well-established tropes of the city building experience. From the makers of the Cities in Motion franchise, the game boasts a fully realized transport system. It also includes the ability to mod the game to suit your play style as a fine counter balance to the layered and challenging simulation. You’re only limited by your imagination, so take control and reach for the sky!
PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
It's the ultimate Sonic celebration! Sonic returns in a new 2D platforming high speed adventure, and he's not alone! Developed in collaboration between SEGA, Christian Whitehead, Headcannon, and PagodaWest Games, experience new zones and remixed classic levels with Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles!
Transport yourself to the vertical cities of a distant future and fight for control of a mysterious “smart matter” that is overrunning your world – and giving rise to hordes of matter infected enemies. Harness your aerial agility with extreme leaps and slides as you blast through relentless waves of foes. Use an arsenal of matter infused weapons to take down your enemies and manipulate the smart matter that surrounds you to use every environment to your advantage in epic locations including the Fortuna City, Hydroponics and Matter Mines.
PS4, Xbox One, PC
In a simultaneous global assault, LEGION has taken control over the nations of the world and the only force left to stop them is MAYHEM. Led by the mysterious and no-nonsense Persephone Brimstone, MAYHEM’s elite Super Agents are called to the city of Seoul, South Korea. Led by LEGION Minister Doctor Babylon and his diabolical lieutenants, a nefarious plot is set in motion to build a world-altering device that will grant unrivaled power to the supervillain organization. In order to stop LEGION and take back the world, the Agents of Mayhem will traverse a sprawling urban battlefield from the ground to the rooftops and team up as a super-agent collective to stop LEGION at any cost.
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