You want games? If you're a subscriber to Xbox Game Pass for August 2021, there's a lot of games coming your way soon, with games such as Skate, Skate 3, Hades, Katamari Damacy Reroll, and Curse of the Dead Gods coming soon to the service. Let's check out the full list, shall we?
Curse of the Dead Gods (Cloud, Console, and PC) – August 5: Players will be able to search for riches in a cursed temple. You die because of it, but that's not the end. You'll rise from the grave to fight the deities that linger in the temple because why not? It's not like you have anything better to do.
Dodgeball Academia (Cloud, Console, and PC) – August 5: Arriving on Xbox Game Pass day one is Dodgeball Academia, where you will be able to dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge. You'll be able to create lasting friendships and rivals as you work to become the ultimate dodgeball champion.
Katamari Damacy Reroll (Cloud, Console, and PC) – August 5: When the King of All Cosmos accidentally destroys all the stars in the sky, he makes you clean up his mess. Thanks.
Lumines Remastered (Cloud, Console, and PC) – August 5: You want more Lumines? Well, come and get it on Xbox Game Pass. This is a game that is a light but sweet puzzle-action game that makes it easy to play but still a compelling experience. It got remastered for a reason, so check it out when it hits on August 5.
Skate (Console) EA Play – August 5: If you have fond memories of playing Skate on your Xbox 360 or PS3, now you can head back to where it all began via EA play.
Skate 3 (Cloud) EA Play – August 5: It's Skate 3. It may not be as good as the original, but if you're sick of the original Skate, this version should help you tide you over until we get the Skate remaster.
Starmancer (Game Preview / Early Access) (PC) – August 5: You can obey or go rogue as a powerful A.I. in Starmancer. You'll be able to build space ports, laboratories, and incubators for mysterious eggs. You'll have to defend against starvation, sabotage, and space zombies as you try to grow more humans. This is the same day it is releasing on PC, both on the Windows Store, and Steam.
Art of Rally (Cloud, Console, and PC) – August 12: From the creator of Absolute Drift comes Art of Rally: "a stylized experience inspired by the golden era of rally." The game is already out on PC, so this announcement is more for console players and for PC players who haven't checked it out yet, or PC players who have game pass.
Hades (Cloud, Console, and PC) – August 13: If you've been living under a rock, Hades has you defying the god of the dead in the game that won a lot of Game of the Year awards in this rogue-like dungeon crawler. It's also finally hitting Xbox and PlayStation consoles (Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5) on this date, so a lot of newcomers will finally be able to play Hades.
Microsoft Solitaire Collection: Premium Edition (PC) – August 17: If you want to be a part of history, you can now play the most played game ever by playing this collection of Solitaire titles that mixes in daily challenges, competitive events, Xbox achievements, and a new Xbox theme if you really like Solitaire. You can also level up if you really want to.
Games Leaving Xbox Game Pass
Leaving August 8
- Grand Theft Auto V (Cloud and Console) is an interesting choice because it's only been on Xbox Game Pass for a few months. I guess they still want the last few sales they haven't milked from their userbase yet, as the game has no passed over 150m sales.
Leaving August 15
- Ape Out (PC)
- Crossing Souls (PC)
- Darksiders Genesis (Cloud, Console, and PC)
- Don’t Starve (Cloud, Console, and PC)
- Final Fantasy VII (Console and PC)
- Train Sim World 2020 (Cloud, Console, and PC)
While its not leaving this month, we also want to highlight that Forza Motorsport 7 has just about reached its end of life status. You'll still be able to play the game online as normal, and access all the content, but the game will be leaving stores and Xbox Game Pass on September 15, 2021. Out with the old and in with the new, I suppose. If you've purchased DLC for the game on Xbox Game Pass, you'll be able to redeem a token to keep playing Forza Motorsport 7 for the foreseeable future. If you want to buy the game outright, you can do so here for 75% off.
If you'd like to check out the full list of what's coming soon to Xbox Game Pass, be sure to go here.