Knowing that the final days of July are dead and buried is a pretty hard pill to swallow. Knowing that August will be a pretty strong month for the gaming industry, though, is definitely the breath of fresh air we well and truly need. And to be fair, it is, in fact, shaping up to be a pretty hectic four weeks on all platforms, with more up-and-coming indies than we can dare to juggle. Needless to say we are beyond thrilled to at least give it a whirl.
Anyway, what’s happening this month? Are there any major releases in the pipeline that are more than ready to eject? Well, yes. In fact, there a few games that are scheduled to launch over the next four weeks, many of which are small-time indies and soft reboots. However, if we had to pluck just five absolute essentials from the barrel, then we would have to go with these.
5. Two Point Campus
Two Point Studios’ follow-up to 2018’s sandbox city builder Two Point Hospital is — you guessed it — Two Point Campus, yet another park management game that sees players building, maintaining, and evolving a next-level educational institution of the players’ choice. Like before, users will have to recruit, research, and revolutionize the world of academia in a bid to claim a place as one of the finest headmasters the board has ever laid eyes on.
Of course, there’s doing it the sensible way — and then there’s doing it the old fashioned way. You know, the way that involves throwing in spontaneous disasters for the sake of testing the moral fiber of the student body. It’s a sandbox game at heart, and players will have more than enough opportunities to tailor the narrative without any serious repercussions. And let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to grasp such power?
Two Point Campus will launch on August 9 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Switch, and PC.
4. Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
After holding its ground as one of PlayStation’s highest-grossing exclusives of all time, Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered will finally arrive on PC this August. This is definitely a big deal for the self-proclaimed master race community, what with Insomniac Games being predominantly PlayStation-based. And so, this marks the beginning of a new era, and we honestly couldn’t have asked for a better series to pilot it into its next chapter.
Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered offers all the same web-slinging action as its 2018 original, only with a major graphic and performance overhaul, along with a number of early gadgets, cosmetics, and skill points to spend in-game. In short, it’s the same experience, but with a fresh lick of paint slapped on top for dramatic effect.
Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered will launch on August 12 for PC.
3. Madden NFL 23
The next leg of the NFL journey is right around the corner, with EA set to release Madden 23 on August 19. With that, players can expect a slew of new features, some of which will change the face of the beloved football series forever. So, what’s new? What is it that makes this thirty-something year old franchise capable of learning new tricks?
For starters, Madden 23 will employ new agency tools and trade factors, along with a boatload of graphical enhancements and improvements to the core mechanics. Think Madden 22, but with the power of next-gen hardware firing on all cylinders with a plethora of additional perks. That’s your 2023 iteration, right there.
Madden NFL 23 will launch on August 19 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC.
2. Saints Row
Without a doubt, the Saints Row reboot is one of the most talked about things of the year. So loaded with mixed feedback is it, that developer Volition is quaking in its boots, petrified that the vast majority of OG fans will jump ship come launch day. And it’s definitely a cause for concern, as the revamped world of Saints Row will not only lose its original cast, but every square detail that made the primary saga celebrated, to begin with.
It’s a bold move, for sure, but Volition has wandered this path several times before. Although a far cry from its debut chapter, the hipster-themed reboot will bear the torch into a whole new era of outrageous storytelling and hilarious comradery, whether we like it or not.
Saints Row will launch on August 23 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Google Stadia, and PC.
Of all the curious indies that are set to release over the next four weeks, Immortality is the one that has us dangling on tenterhooks. Of course, our interest was already piqued long before its official announcement, what with Sam Barlow’s previous works — Her Story, and Telling Lies — garnering quite the number of positive reviews following their respective releases.
Immortality, like Barlow’s first two games, puts players in control of a data nexus, one which contains a wide variety of video clips and audio recordings. As an investigator, you must piece together the story that relates to a missing actress. With three unreleased movies and a whole lot of behind the scenes footage on tap, you will need to use your intuition to develop the final reel and solve the case.
Immortality will launch on August 30 for Xbox Series X|S, PC, Android, and iOS.
So, what’s your take? Will you be playing any of the above five this August? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.