August 2020: All The Major Game Releases For PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC
Here are the biggest games to play in August, which includes Horizon Zero Dawn on PC, Madden NFL 21, Wasteland 3, and more.
With the impending launch of Xbox Series X and PS5 this holiday season and the surrounding buzz likely to dominate industry talk for the foreseeable future, August seems like a calm before the storm. Of course, there are still games coming out, both from AAA companies and smaller indie studios. One of the games, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, is even free to PS Plus subscribers. With more than 8 million players on the platform, it's one you don't want to miss. This is especially true if you have friends to play with.
There's are several exciting new games on the horizon, including a PC port of former PS4-exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn (See what I did there?). You can also expect games like Madden NFL Football 21, Wasteland 3, A Total War Saga: Troy, and much more. If you've been waiting for the long-anticipated return of Battletoads, we will even have that. 2020 really couldn't get any weirder. With people staying home, they even have a shot of actually beating the Turbo Tunnel for once.
To give you a proper look at what games are coming out for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch, we've rounded up all the biggest ones of August 2020 below. For a wider look at the titles still to come this year, look at our list of game release dates in 2020. Otherwise, check this article often for the latest during this month, as we'll be sure to update it with more new release dates that get announced.
Horizon Zero Dawn (PC) -- August 7
In what still seems like a surprising move, Sony is finally bringing some of its biggest games to PC. While Death Stranding launched on PC in July, Horizon Zero Dawn is the first that Sony is personally bringing to the platform. Originally released exclusively for PS4, the upcoming port sports numerous graphical enhancements, including ultra-wide support, an unlocked frame rate, improved foliage physics, and enhanced reflection details. There are also graphical options for further optimization, controller remapping, and an in-game benchmarking tool. If you're keen to try Horizon Zero Dawn on PC, then be sure to grab it on Steam and the Epic Games Store when it launches August 7. The sequel Horizon Forbidden West is expected to launch for PS5 in 2021. However, no PC version has been announced for that game. This could be the only way PC players can enjoy the franchise for some time.
Madden NFL 21 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) -- August 28
Madden NFL 21 is coming out late August to current-generation consoles and will feature various improvements to the long-running series' mechanics. This year, you can expect improved AI, more offensive/defensive plays, and even more X-Factor abilities for star players. It's worth noting that the game is also be coming to the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X, with free upgrades for current-gen owners through EA's Dual Entitlement program. That means that as long as you play the game on your new hardware before the next Madden comes out a year from now, you'll receive the enhanced version.
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Wasteland 3 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) -- August 28
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Wasteland 3 is finally launching on August 28. After being delayed due to the logistical challenges presented by the pandemic, the latest in the tenured post-apocalyptic isometric RPG series has been a long time coming. Developer inXile Entertainment first announced the game and successfully crowdfunded it over Fig in 2016. Since then, it has been made part of Microsoft's Xbox Game Studios, but the title is still releasing on PS4, as well. Players can expect improved turn-based combat and higher quality visuals than past games, alongside other new features, such as vehicle navigation and co-op play.
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Full August Release Schedule
|August 4||Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout||PS4, PC|
|August 7||Fast & Furious Crossroads||PS4, Xbox One, PC|
|Horizon Zero Dawn||PC|
|August 11||Risk of Rain 2||PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC|
|August 13||A Total War Saga: Troy||PC|
|August 14||EA Sports UFC 4||PS4, Xbox One|
|August 18||A Short Hike||Switch|
|Microsoft Flight Simulator||PC|
|Raji: An Ancient Epic||Switch|
|Spiritfarer||Xbox One, Switch, PC|
|Takeshi and Hiroshi||Switch|
|August 20||Battletoads||Xbox One, PC|
|August 21||PGA Tour 2K21||PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC|
|Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time||PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC|
|August 25||No Straight Roads||PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC|
|August 27||Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition||PS4, Switch|
|Hypnospace Outlaw||PS4, Xbox One, Switch|
|Tell Me Why: Chapter One||Xbox One, PC|
|August 28||Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions||PS4, Switch, PC|
|Madden NFL 21||PS4, Xbox One, PC|
|Project CARS 3||PS4, Xbox One, PC|
|Wasteland 3||PS4, Xbox One, PC|
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