Niche Games Release Recap for August 2023

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We’ve now reached the final act of summer. For those still in school, they’ve likely already seen the back to school ads reminding them of what they’ll have to return to by the end of the month.

But until then, there’s plenty of time left in August for new games to come out and for us to be able to try them out before the weather starts to turn a little chilly heading into autumn.

Here’s our list of the top games launching in August 2023:

Atlas Fallen

Atlas Fallen is a bit of a departure from what developer Deck13 is known for, with them explicitly stating this game is not a soulslike. That said, they do have plenty of features fans of their previous games would enjoy and have even said the hard difficulty is for soulslike veterans.

The game also features a unique mechanic where players swap between stances, land and air, as well as the momentum mechanic. Which is built by attacking enemies and charging it enough allows them to transform their equipped weapon for powerful moves.

Atlas Fallen launches on August 10th for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Steam and GOG).

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

The iconic horror franchise makes its return in the form of a video game with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Those familiar with titles such as Dead by Daylight will easily pick up on the gameplay and fans of the movies will appreciate the callbacks to the classic film.

Players can either play as a handful of survivors trying to escape or as the slaughter family, which includes the famous Leatherhead, in this asymmetrical multiplayer game. Sound will play a major factor as survivors balance speed versus allowing their pursuers to hear them and find their location.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is set to launch on August 18th for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Steam).

Fort Solis

Fort Solis has some heavy firepower when it comes to its all-star cast, which includes the likes of Roger Clark, Troy Baker and Julia Brown. The developers aim to have a riveting plot presented in a manner likened to that of a Netflix series.

Players find themselves in the role of Jack, a man whose response to a alarm call leads him to become stuck due to storms and fighting for survival as he learns the truth of what happened in Fort Solis.

Fort Solis is slated to release on August 22nd for PlayStation 5 and PC (via Steam).

Immortals of Aveum

Immortals of Aveum is a first-person shooter that separates itself from most others with its emphasis on magical combat to help players turn the tide. With over 25 spells across three different forces allows players to create their own unique build that fits their playstyle.

Players play the role of Jack, a battlemage who has recently joined with the order of the Immortals in a world that has only known war. It’s up to him and the others to fight in order to save the world from the brink of destruction.

Immortals of Aveum will launch on August 22nd for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC (via Steam, Epic Games Store, and the EA App).

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Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon

The Armored Core series is back with Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon. FromSoftware aims to take what they’ve learned in the decade since the release of the previous game to bring about a strong entry to the series.

Of course, this is not like Dark Souls or Elden Ring, which they have iterated multiple times. So fans of the longrunning franchise can look forward to the mech action and full customization they’ve loved since the launch of the first game way back for the PlayStation 1.

Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon is set to release on August 24th for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Steam).

Goodbye Volcano High

After multiple delays, Goodbye Volcano High will finally get its release this month. Despite the more reptilian characters, players will explore high school life once more, or play their current reality in game, as the character navigate through their senior year.

There’s romance, rhythm gameplay, and important choices to make for protagonist Fang in the game. All topped off with a looming potential apocalypse… Wait what?

Goodbye Volcano High launches on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC (via Steam) on August 29th.

Samba de Amigo: Party Central

Sega’s classic franchise is back with Samba de Amigo: Party Central. Taking advantage of the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons, the new title features motion based rhythm gameplay that’ll be a fun addition to one’s party collection.

There will be 40+ songs to choose from with more set as post-launch DLC. So players will be able to find reasons to return to the game and play with their friends online with up to 8 in world party mode.

Samba de Amigo: Party Central launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on August 29th.

Sea of Stars

Sea of Stars offers itself as a throwback to the classic RPGs that graced the 90s, with much inspiration taken from titles such as Chrono Trigger, such as the combo attacks. While it also remains fresh with button timing to allow players to do more damage or reduce incoming damage.

Admittedly the gameplay and story doesn’t seem to heavily stray from its inspirations from the past. Though it hopes to impress with modern improvements and a clean experience that those who grew up with those classic RPGs will surely enjoy.

Sea of Stars launches Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Steam) on August 29th.

Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy

The longrunning platformer series is back with Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy. With tarnished reputations and their loved ones at stake, heroes Amadeus the Wizard, Zoya the Thief, and Pontius the Knight find themselves on their most action packed adventure.

As the most recent title, Trine 5 is the most beautiful looking entry in the series with major improvements to combat with additions of adaptive difficulty for combat and puzzles to be enjoyed by all.

Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy comes out for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Steam, GOG, and Epic Games Store).

Daymare: 1994 Sandcastle

Daymare: 1994 Sandcastle is the prequel to Daymare 1998, where the series so far has been a callback to the survival horror popularized by Resident Evil, albeit with modern third person gameplay.

The newest title certainly takes much inspiration from the remade titles of Resident Evil, but with an improved game engine and terrifying monsters that go beyond the zombie mold. It’ll be an enjoyable experience for fans of survival horror, new and old.

Daymare: 1994 Sandcastle comes out on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Steam and GOG).

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