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.
Hearthstone: Murder at Castle Nathria | 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.
Thymesia | 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.
Farthest Frontier | 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.
Cult of the Lamb | 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.
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.”
Rollerdrome | 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.
Saints Row | 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.
Total War: Warhammer 3 Immortal Empires | 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.
Destiny 2: Season 19 | August 23
The still unnamed 19th season of Destiny 2 kicks off on Tuesday immediately after a video showcase 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.
Immortality | 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
- August 3 — South of the Circle
- August 4 — Camp Canyonwood (early access)
- August 9 — Two Point Campus
- August 11 — Arcade Paradise
- August 15 — Fashion Police Squad
- August 20 — A Walk With Yiayia
- August 23 — Midnight Fight Express
- August 25 — I Was a Teenage Exocolonist
- August 25 — Monster Outbreak
- August 26 — Soul Hackers 2
- August 30 — Tinykin
- August 30 — TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection
- August 31 — Scathe