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. But relative quiet doesn’t mean the industry is going into hibernation, and there are plenty of interesting games on the way. The game list includes the yearly return of a legendary American football franchise as well as a mix of AAA and indie games. There’s even the long-awaited debut of a PlayStation classic on a different platform.
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.
- Horizon Zero Dawn Launches On PC With Many Enhancements
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.
- Madden 21’s First New X-Factor Abilities Revealed
- Madden 21 Has More Plays And Better AI This Year
- Madden NFL 21 Dev Answers Our Burning Questions About This Year’s Game
Wasteland 3 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) — August 28
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