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The August PC game releases and updates you should know about

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If PC gaming were a country, Elden Ring's release date would've been a national holiday, and the shadow cast by all that shared, early-year revelry could make a month like August 2022 look dreary. There's no one big game to turn everyone's heads in the same direction in the way Elden Ring got us all looking at Wormfaces and Fingercreepers and a naked guy who solos bosses.

A scan of August's biggest PC releases doesn't look dreary at all, though. It lacks one focal point, but there are more bright spots scattered across the month than we saw in July. Hearthstone players will get new cards, a new Destiny 2 season will begin, Sam Barlow's latest FMV game releases, an exciting immersive sim comes out in early access, and a new Saints Row game will fulfill the foreordained and eternal purpose of that series: to be the wackier Grand Theft Auto we play in between Grand Theft Autos.

Below are those and other exciting games coming out this August. For more, check out our complete guide to 2022 games.

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Hearthstone: Murder at Castle Nathria (opens in new tab) | August 2

In Hearthstone's second expansion of the year, expect exploding skeletons, demonic imps and a new keyword that sees cards in your hand grow stronger as minions die. It's a fun and flavourful set, even if there's nothing quite as cool as the Colossal creatures from Voyage to the Sunken City.

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Thymesia (opens in new tab) | August 18

Thymesia blends FromSoftware games into a plague-ridden action RPG with the one-on-one aggression of Sekiro's duels and the grim setting of Bloodborne. If Elden Ring wasn't your aesthetic, this might be it. 

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Farthest Frontier (opens in new tab)| August 9 (early access)

Farming is no picnic in this survival city builder. Your settlers will struggle against wild animals and human pillagers, icy blizzards and heat waves, and diseases that infect them and even their crops as you try to build and manage a booming medieval town (opens in new tab).

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Cult of the Lamb (opens in new tab) | August 11

Dive into dungeons, collect resources, and grow your base as a fluffy cult leader in this action roguelike. It's a bit RimWorld and a bit The Binding of Isaac, as we observed last year (opens in new tab).

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Gloomwood (opens in new tab) | August 16  (Update: the early access release was delayed to September 6.)

Gloomwood has been among our most anticipated games since its demo arrived on Steam in 2020. This is only the first chunk of the game, which the developers describe as "Thief with guns."

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Rollerdrome (opens in new tab) | August 16

The folks who made excellent arcade skating games OllieOllie are going 3D and shooter. Rollerdome looks like what'd happen if Tony Hawk Pro Skater had guns, and that alone is enough to get our attention.

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Saints Row (opens in new tab) | August 23

After a decade in cryostasis, Saints Row is back in a rebooted world and a brand new city: It's fantasy Las Vegas' turn to be blown up by create-a-character psychos with an unlimited supply or rocket launchers.

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Total War: Warhammer 3 Immortal Empires (opens in new tab)| August 23 (beta)

The Warhammer 3 update everyone's waiting for, which will link up all three Warhammer campaigns into one massive battle map. We pray to Sigmar our CPUs can handle the strain.

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Destiny 2: Season 19 (opens in new tab)| August 23

The still unnamed 19th season of Destiny 2 kicks off on Tuesday immediately after a video showcase (opens in new tab) in which Bungie will reveal Lightfall, the next major expansion. As usual, everything's under wraps for now, but guardians can look forward to Arc 3.0—the final rework of the game's original 'Light' subclasses.

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Immortality (opens in new tab) | August 30

Like Her Story, Immortality will have you dissecting archival video footage to reassemble a mysterious story, But this one's going Hollywood (and likely much more meta) with three fictional "lost" movies that span an actor's career. 

 More PC games releasing in August 

  • August 2 — Frogun (opens in new tab)
  • August 3 — South of the Circle (opens in new tab)
  • August 4 — Camp Canyonwood (opens in new tab)(early access)
  • August 9 — Two Point Campus (opens in new tab)
  • August 11 — Arcade Paradise (opens in new tab)
  • August 15 — Fashion Police Squad (opens in new tab)
  • August 20 — A Walk With Yiayia (opens in new tab)
  • August 23 — Midnight Fight Express (opens in new tab)
  • August 25 — I Was a Teenage Exocolonist (opens in new tab)
  • August 25 — Monster Outbreak (opens in new tab)
  • August 26 — Soul Hackers 2 (opens in new tab)
  • August 30 — Tinykin (opens in new tab)
  • August 30 — TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection (opens in new tab)
  • August 31 — Scathe (opens in new tab)
Tyler Wilde
Tyler Wilde

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.