What you need to know
- Microsoft just revealed even more games coming to Xbox Game Pass in August.
- Blair Witch, Devil May Cry 5, and other AAA games appear to be the highlights.
- Dead Cells is also being added in September.
- You can purchase Xbox Game Pass on Amazon.
A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced that several ID@Xbox games were coming to Xbox Game Pass soon. However, we didn't know which AAA experiences would be joining the service in August. Luckily, that changed today. At Gamescom 2019, Xbox's presenters announced that Blair Witch, Devil May Cry 5, and other blockbusters are being added to Xbox Game Pass soon.
You can read about the upcoming games below. Out of all of these, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, The Bard's Tale IV: Director's Cut, Blair Witch, and Devil May Cry 5 seem to be the immediate highlights. It's an interesting mix of blockbusters and smaller titles, but there are still are few surprises here and there. Keep in mind that some games are only available on Xbox One or PC.
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition
The iconic real-time strategy game returns with all-new visuals, eight-person multiplayer battles, and a host of other new features bringing together all the officially released content. If you were a fan of the series all those years ago, then Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is the complete package.
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition should be available through Xbox Game Pass for PC on August 19.
Devil May Cry 5
The devil you know returns. From the creators of the best-selling action franchise comes the latest chapter in the Devil May Cry saga in the most over-the-top, technically advanced, utterly insane action experience of recent years.
Devil May Cry 5 should be available through Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One on August 19.
Stellaris: Console Edition
Featuring deep strategic gameplay, with rich and diverse alien races and emergent storytelling, Stellaris puts the complexity of the galaxy in your hands. Whether you're exploring the unknown, discovering the mysteries of the universe, or conquering it for the glory of your empire, you now have more strategy awaiting you than ever before.
Stellaris: Console Edition should join Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One on August 19. It's also coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC soon.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a story-driven open-world role-playing game that immerses you in an epic adventure in the Holy Roman Empire. The fact that it's a first-person experience helps with that. Avenge your parents' death as you battle invading forces, go on game-changing quests, and make influential choices.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance should join Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One and PC on August 22.
In this wild, colorfully stylized smash 'em up about primal escape and frenetic jazz, build up nearly unstoppable momentum and use your captors to your advantage as you crush everyone on your path to freedom.
Ape Out should join Xbox Game Pass for PC on August 22.
The Bard's Tale IV: Director's Cut
The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep is the latest entry in the acclaimed role-playing franchise. Delve into a tactically rich combat system that rewards creativity, solve puzzles to gain treasure and advantages, and discover a beautifully crafted world.
The Bard's Tale IV: Director's Cut should join Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One and PC on August 27.
A young boy disappears in the Black Hills Forest near Burkittsville, Maryland. As Ellis, a former police officer with a troubled past, you join the search. What starts as an ordinary investigation soon turns into an endless nightmare as you confront your fears and the Blair Witch.
Blair Witch should join Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One and PC on August 30.
While that's it for the month of August, another incredibly popular game is joining Xbox Game Pass at the beginning of September. You may have heard of a title called Dead Cells. Dead Cells is a rogue-like that focuses on escaping an island and it has garnered tremendous critical acclaim since launch. It'll be a worthy addition to Xbox Game Pass, that's for sure!
Dead Cells puts you in control of a failed alchemic experiment trying to figure out what's happening on a sprawling, ever-changing, and seemingly cursed island. Tough but fair combat, responsive controls, challenging foes, and permadeath, make for a demanding, visceral, and cathartic action game.
Dead Cells should join Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One and PC on September 5.
Usually, we recommend one or two games you have to play, but all of these titles are absolutely incredible. You have to play Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, Devil May Cry 5, Stellaris: Console Edition, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, The Bard's Tale IV: Director's Cut, Blair Witch, and Dead Cells. There's no way around it. This is quite possibly the strongest month for Xbox Game Pass yet.
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