New PC games in August 2020
Baldur’s Gate III (August, maybe)
Having cut their fantasy RPG teeth on Divinity: Original Sin 2, Larian are now taking on the role of dungeon master for Baldur’s Gate III. The long-awaited sequel to Bioware’s 90s classic, Baldur’s Gate III will be an epic RPG with turn-based combat where all your actions will be determined by the roll of the dice. Playable solo or with friends, Baldur’s Gate III is almost certainly Larian’s most ambitious game yet and we can’t wait to get started when it (hopefully) enters Steam Early Access this August.
Disclosure: Former RPS deputy editor Adam Smith is now a writer at Larian working on Baldur’s Gate 3. We don’t know what bits of it he’s writing but if there’s a companion who likes Euro Truck Simulator, then it’s probably that one.
Surgeon Simulator 2 (August)
Everyone’s favourite physics-based surgeon sim is back for another run at the operating table. You’ll be exploring an entire medical facility in Surgeon Simulator 2, with 12 operations you’ll need to perform. There’s also a create mode where you’ll be able to create your own operating theatres and play with friends.
Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass (August)
First teased all the way back in 2018, Serious Sam 4 will finally explode onto PC later this year. With massive hordes of Kamikaze and Kleer baddies and locations that are bigger than ever before, Serious Sam 4 brings the series tried and tested action combat into the modern day – with a handy new motorbike in tow, too, so you can traverse its giant (but not open) world with greater ease. There isn’t a set date for Serious Sam 4 just yet, but it will be launching sometime this August.
Train Sim World 2 (August 6th)
The latest iteration of Dovetail Game’s beloved train sim, this time you’ll be riding the rails on three world famous routes: the German ICE high-speed with Köln Schnellfahrstrecke, the CSX on Sand Patch Grade, and the London Underground’s Bakerloo line. You’ll also be able to personalise your experience with new custom tools, such as liveries and scenario planners, and the game’s Simugraph vehicle dynamics engine will add adhesion physics for the very first time. Add in 4K resolutions and dynamic skies and train sim fans will definitely want to put this on their gaming timetable.
Horizon Zero Dawn (August 7th)
Once a PS4 exclusive, Horizon Zero Dawn is finally coming to PC later this summer. Set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by giant robo animals, Horizon Zero Dawn tells the story of Aloy, an outcast whose mysterious past might just be the key to saving all of humankind. No pressure, then, eh? Even better, Sony are bringing the complete version of the game to PC as well, which means we’ll also get its Frozen Wilds DLC bundled in as well.
Fast & Furious Crossroads (August 7th)
In true Fast & Furious style, there are fast cars aplenty in this team-based heist game, and there are even more things to blow up and destroy with your hi-tech gadgets and super charged rocket launchers, both in the main single player campaign and in its three-way multiplayer mode. All your favourite film characters are here, too, including Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson.
Total War Saga: Troy (August 13th)
The next entry in Creative Assembly’s Total War Saga series (which focus on a single flash point in time rather than spanning several decades like the main Total War games), Troy lets you descend into that legendary siege from Homer’s The Iliad (who actually acts as your in-game advisor). From what we’ve seen so far, it looks like it will try to bring a bit of truth and realism to those epic myths, swapping wooden horses for huge earthquakes, while still having a bit of fun with it.
New World (August 25th)
A new MMO from Amazon Game Studios, there’s still a lot we don’t know about New World. Amazon have been keeping their cards pretty close to their chest so far, but we do know that it has a “vast explorable world” and multiple factions with “their own objectives and desires”. Standard MMO stuff, then. There’s a beta planned for this July (delayed from April), though, so we’ll hopefully find out a bit more about it then.
No Straight Roads (August 25th)
Originally set to come out on June 30th, No Straight Roads has been delayed until later this summer. The age of rock is over and EDM reigns supreme – although not if guitarist Mayday and drummer Zuke have anything to say about it! In this rhythmic hack and slash adventure game, you’ll be fighting against the titans of its evil music industry. Expect some bangin’ tunes and lots of neat riffs when it comes to the Epic Games Store on August 25th.
Windbound (August 28th)
Windbound has big Breath Of The Wild vibes mixed with a bit of Wind Waker, and I am absolutely here for it. One of the more intriguing reveals from the Escapist Indie Showcase this June, Windbound will be sailing onto PC in just a couple of months time.
Wasteland 3 (August 28th)
The long-awaited next instalment in inXile’s turn-based RPG series, Wasteland 3 drops you into the icy reaches of a frozen Colorado this time round, where you’ll be fighting to establish a new, civil society in the chilly wastes of this post-apocalypse. Thankfully, you can bring a friend along with you now thanks to its new multiplayer co-op mode. Failing that, we’re also very fond of the massive tank that lets us plough into battle and take out loads of enemies from afar. Another one to watch for big RPG fans.
Project Cars 3 (August 28th)
The next instalment of Slightly Mad Studios’ racing sim, Project Cars 3 has a new XP system, plus loads of new unlocks and upgrades that contribute to a more arcade-like structure. It’s still got all the motorsport niches you’d expect from the series, though, and we’ll also be getting a new Rival multiplayer mode as well that sees you climbing divisions by competing in timed online events.