It’s August. Can you believe it? With the big fall games season right around the corner, the releases are slowly ramping up. This month has plenty of games worth grabbing as you wait for 2019’s heavy hitters. You can expect to play big games like Madden NFL 20, Astral Chain, and Control. You can find out more about each below.
Aside from new games, it seems like there’s always an unexpected Switch port releasing every month, and August is no different. Pillars of Eternity, Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, and Friday the 13th: The Game are all getting ported to Nintendo’s fan-favorite hybrid console-portable.
There’s plenty of other noteworthy releases in August, so be sure to check out the table below for all things big, small, and cult-classic. For a wider look at what’s still in store for the rest of this year, be sure to check out our complete list of game release dates in 2019.
Madden NFL 20 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) — August 2
It’s another year, another Madden. However, this year’s iteration of the massively popular American football franchise is one of the most intriguing ones yet, featuring a new scenario engine that creates subtle storylines the more games you play in a season. There’s also a special player trait system called Superstar X-Factor that allows famous players to activate special abilities after fulfilling certain conditions on the field.
Control (PS4, Xbox One, PC) — August 27
Control is the latest third-person shooter from Remedy Entertainment, the studio that brought you several cult-favorite games like Max Payne, Alan Wake, and Quantum Break. It plays more similar to something like Quantum Break but amped up to a new extreme. You control protagonist Jesse, who possesses near superhero-like powers, such as the ability to glide mid-air and move objects with her mind, which creates some dynamic, over-the-top firefights. It’s all wrapped up in a surreal storyline about being stuck in a shapeshifting government facility that houses paranormal experiments.
Astral Chain (Switch) — August 30
Platinum Games is back with another exciting new action game called Astral Chain exclusively available for Nintendo Switch. It iterates upon the studio’s classic action with new ideas, putting you in the role of a special police force cadet with the ability to summon an entity that fights alongside you. All the while, you’ll conduct investigations to solve petty crimes and unravel the mysteries of the larger overarching plot.
Full August Release Schedule
|Game||Platform||Release Date||Buy / Pre-Order|
|Madden NFL 20||PS4, Xbox One, PC||August 2|
|The Church in the Darkness||PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch||August 2|
|Age of Wonders: Planetfall||PC||August 6|
|Metal Wolf Chaos XD||PS4, Xbox One, PC||August 6|
|Pillars of Eternity||Switch||August 8|
|Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Complete Edition||Switch||August 9|
|Friday the 13th: The Game||Switch||August 13|
|Rebel Galaxy Outlaw||PC||August 13|
|Rad||PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch||August 20|
|Remnant: From the Ashes||PS4, Xbox One, PC||August 20||PlayStation,
|Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution||Switch||August 20|
|Life is Strange 2: Episode 4||PS4, Xbox One, PC||August 22||PlayStation,
|Oninaki||PS4, PC, Switch||August 22|
|Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey||PC||August 27||Steam|
|The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut||PS4, Xbox One, PC||August 27|
|Crystar||PS4, PC||August 27|
|Control||PS4, Xbox One, PC||August 27||Best Buy,
|World of Warcraft: Classic||PC||August 27|
|Azur Lane: Crosswave||PS4||August 29|
|Pokémon Masters||iOS, Android||August 29|
|Astral Chain||Switch||August 30||Amazon|
|Blair Witch||Xbox One, PC||August 30|
|The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan||PS4, Xbox One, PC||August 30|
|The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors||PS4, Switch||August 30