We’re back after a brief hiatus, once again counting down the top video games launching throughout August 2020, along with release dates for all the heavy hitters. There are plenty of great new games to get you through the weeks ahead.
PC gamers can take to the skies and visit every single airport in the world in the latest generation of Microsoft Flight Simulator. For those who like to go fast, but prefer four wheels, racing sim Project Cars 3 is looking damn fine. Sports fans will appreciate that EA has two new games launching this month: UFC 4 explores the origins of combat sports while Madden NFL 21 takes your football passion pro shaping your legacy and rising to become MVP.
The Total War franchise returns, this time recreating the battle for the ancient city of Troy. Peaky Blinders scores a strategy game. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is like a Japanese game show brought to life, and early 90’s icons Battletoads return for a colourful and kinetic reboot.
That’s just a small taste of what’s available throughout August 2020. It’s worth mentioning that the PGA is returning with a new publisher. Golf fans will want to take note, even if the debut trailer looks a little too gangster for what’s traditionally a gentlemen’s game.
These eight titles look set to be some of the best new video games releasing throughout August 2020:
1. Microsoft Flight Simulator
Sadly, there’s no international travel this year, thanks to COVID. That’s why we’re looking to Microsoft Flight Simulator for that hit of escapism. The latest entry in this long-running series places the entire world at your fingertips (literally).
Travel to over 37 thousand airports and see 2 million cities, 1.5 billion buildings, real mountains, roads, trees, rivers, animals, traffic and more. Hone your pilot skills in a variety of aircraft from light planes to commercial jets with an experience that scales to your level with interactive and highlighted instrument guidance and checklists. Test your piloting skills against the challenges of night flying, real-time atmospheric simulation and live weather in a dynamic and living world. Create your flight plan and go anywhere.
Microsoft Flight Simulator will be available as part of Game Pass from day one at no extra cost.
Release date: August 18
2. UFC 4
UFC 4 puts you at the centre of every fight as you develop and customise your fighter with unified progression across all modes. Go from unknown amateur to UFC superstar in the new Career Mode, experience the origins of combat sports in two all-new environments; The Kumite and The Backyard, or challenge the world in new Blitz Battles or Online World Championships to become the undisputed champ.
The gameplay is improved with fluid clinch-to-strike combinations for more responsive and authentic stand-up gameplay, while overhauled takedown and ground mechanics deliver more control during key phases of the fight. Whether you’re a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu artist who trained for his black-belt from childhood or a devastating boxer who spent their youth in backyard contests, your unique journey to the top begins now.
Platforms: PS4, XB1
Release date: August 14
Twenty-nine years after their tough-as-nails debut, Battleload’s Rash, Zitz and Pimple return in an all-new action-packed adventure that looks just as unforgiving as the original. 1-3 players can team up for some couch co-op and storm through wild and unpredictable stages that seemingly cross genres. We’re talking beat ‘em up, platforming, shooter, puzzle and it even looks like that notorious hoverbike level makes a return.
With a unique hand-animated cartoon style, memorable characters and locations, the Battletoads are back for a larger-than-life brawl across the universe that promises to be fun alone, and even better together.
Battletoads will be available as part of Game Pass from day one at no extra cost.
Platforms: PC, XB1
Release date: August 20
4. Project Cars 3
Rise from weekend warrior to racing legend in the long-awaited Project Cars 3. The latest entry in this best-selling franchise brings the intense thrills, emotions and fun from the vibrant world of motor racing to your living room or desktop. Race over 200 real-world elite and road vehicles across 140 global circuits made all more real thanks to a dynamic 24-hour weather system.
Earn credits through the deep Career mode to buy authentic performance upgrades and customisation options for a fleet of exclusive cars, including wheels, tyres, body kits, rims, as well as personalisation flair for a unique racing persona. A completely redesigned control scheme makes driving more authentic, and there are fully scalable assist options making this racer more accessible to all skill levels.
Project Cars 3 even benefits from 12K and VR support for PC.
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release date: August 28
5. A Total War Saga: Troy
Total War Saga: Troy is the first entry in the award-winning series to focus on the legendary 20-year conflict between the kingdoms of Troy and Mycenaean Greece, now known as the Trojan War, set against the striking backdrop of the Bronze Age Mediterranean.
Combining Total War’s unique blend of grand, turn-based empire management and spectacular real-time battles, Troy explores this epic conflict from both the Greek and Trojan perspectives.
On August 13, Troy will be free to claim on the Epic Games Store for just 24 hours. So pay close attention if you want to save some money on this new release.
Release date: August 13
6. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is the massive multiplayer party game where up to 60 players compete through escalating rounds of chaos until one player is left standing. This one looks perfect for fans of the classic Japanese game show Takeshi’s Castle.
In Fall Guys, players must survive a series of hilarious challenges in brutal free-for-alls or co-op where only the winning team advances to the next round. Bend, bounce and bash your way through physics-based obstacles, from smashing through doors and balancing on massive see-saws, to racing up mountains riddled with traps.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a PS Plus game for August, available to members at no additional cost.
Platforms: PC, PS4
Release date: August 4
7. Madden NFL 21
Go all out in Madden NFL 21, where a new generation of rising NFL stars is poised to change the game. Push the limits in Face of the Franchise: Rise to Fame. Leave your mark and shatter expectations as you rise to Hall of Fame immortality.
New gameplay mechanics offer enhanced levels of control and inspire creativity on both sides of the ball. Chain together evasive skill-moves like stop-on-a-dime, stutter step, and dead-leg for brand new combinations that set up amazing gameplay moments. Then, take action online and compete against your friends.
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release date: August 28
8. Peaky Blinders: Mastermind
Welcome to Birmingham, during the aftermath of the Great War. Set right before the events of Season One, Peaky Blinders: Mastermind lets you join the Shelby family’s criminal gang. Follow the rise of Tommy as he successfully uncovers a sinister plot to put the family out of business.
Mastermind refers to Tommy’s ability to plan complex scenarios in his head. As the player, you exercise this power by taking control of key members of the Shelby family, including Tommy, Arthur, Polly and more. Use strategy to freely reset and rewind each character’s path to tune all of their actions for perfect coordination.
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1, Switch
Release date: August 20
August 2020 Video Game Release Dates
- Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (PC, PS4) – August 4
- Hellbound (PC) – August 4
- Skully (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – August 4
- The Mean Greens: Plastic Warfare (PC, PS4, XB1) August 5
- Fast & Furious Crossroads (PC, PS4, XB1) – August 7
- Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition (PC) – August 7
- Inertial Drift (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – August 7
- Popup Dungeon (PC) – August 12
- A Total War Saga: Troy (PC) – August 13
- Kill It With Fire (PC) – August 13
- Eastern Exorcist (PC) – August 14
- UFC 4 (PS4, XB1) – August 14
- Microsoft Flight Simulator (PC) – August 18
- Battletoads (PC, XB1) – August 20
- Peaky Blinders: Mastermind (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – August 20
- Griefhelm (PC) – August 20
- PGA Tour 2K21 (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – August 21
- Madden NFL 21 (PC, PS4, XB1) – August 25
- No Straight Roads (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – August 25
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered (PS4, Switch) – August 27
- Tell Me Why – Chapter 1 (PC, XB1) – August 27
- Project Cars 3 (PC, PS4, XB1) – August 28
- Wasteland 3 (PC, PS4, XB1) – August 28
- Surgeon Simulator 2 (PC) – August 28
- Windbound (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – August 28
- Jump Force Deluxe Edition (Switch) – August 28
What games are coming out in August 2020?
Some of the biggest games launching this month include Microsoft Flight Simulator, UFC 4, Project Cars 3, Total War Saga: Troy, Madden NFL 21 and a reboot of the classic brawler Battletoads.
What is the release date for Baldur's Gate 3?
It was announced via Twitter that Baldur’s Gate 3 will miss its August 2020 window with a new release date for early access being announced on August 18.