July is wrapping up, which mean it’s time for New Releases to tackle a fresh month of video games. Speaking of tackling, Madden NFL 20 releases for everyone at the start of the month. Later on you’ll be able to sling bullets and psychic powers in Control and revisit the early days of the world’s biggest MMO with World of Warcraft Classic. August wraps up with the action-packed Astral Chain and the terrifying Blair Witch.
Madden NFL 20 — August 2
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Some of you might already have early access to Madden 20, but its public launch kicks off the new month. This year’s game includes new features like Face of the Franchise, a campaign that takes a player from a college career up to the NFL proper. Some pros can also use special abilities during games thanks to new Superstar X-Factors.
- Madden NFL 20 Early Access Is Now Live, Here’s How To Get In
- Madden NFL 20 Ratings Revealed For Every Player And Team
Control — August 27
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
The latest game from Alan Wake and Quantum Break developer Remedy gets its name from the Federal Bureau of Control, a fictional government agency that handles cases where the laws of physics just don’t add up. Enter protagonist Jesse Faden, who can fling bad guys and float around using her psychic powers. She’s infiltrated the FBC to find her missing brother, and she’ll have to shoot her way through a few men in black to find him.
- Control PC Specs Outlined, First Of Which Is An Epic Store Account
- How Remedy’s Control Will Trust Players To Figure Out Its Unreal Story
World of Warcraft Classic — August 27
Available on: PC
If you’ve been yearning to return to an older version of WoW, Classic is exactly what you’ve been waiting for. Classic looks and plays the way WoW did during version 1.12 (the Drums of War update), a time before The Burning Crusade even launched. WoW subscribers get access to Classic at no additional cost.
- World Of Warcraft Classic Release Date Announced, Beta Begins
- WoW Classic Will Have Australia And New Zealand Servers
Astral Chain — August 30
Available on: Switch
If you know Platinum Games’ portfolio of titles like Bayonetta and Vanquish, then you know what to expect from Astral Chain. Your police offer protagonist is chained to a living weapon known as a Legion, and the two of you can swing around the battlefield to battle monsters in stylish combat. As you might be able to guess from the name, you can even travel to the Astral Plane to discover where the monsters originate.
- Astral Chain Hands-On: Two Characters Make Combat A Fast-Paced Blast
- Platinum Games On Making A New Kind Action Experience With Astral Chain
Blair Witch — August 30
Available on: Xbox One, PC
Layers of Fear developer Bloober Team is revisiting the cult classic movie franchise with this canon game, featuring the studio’s signature psychological horror flavor. You play as a cop looking for a missing boy in the famously haunted Black Hills Forest. At least you have your canine companion Bullet to help sniff out any witches.
- E3 2019: Blair Witch Game Announced During Xbox Press Conference
- The Blair Witch Game Is Canon (And You Can Pet The Dog) | E3 2019
August is creeping up, and the next episode of New Releases will look at more new games the month is bringing along. You have a chance to revisit some previously released titles with the Guacamelee One-Two Punch Collection and Metal Wolf Chaos XD.