Microsoft has announced that many games will be coming to Xbox Game Pass this month. Hades, Skate, Art of Rally and Curse of the Dead Gods are just a handful of what awaits subscribers.
Curse of the Dead Gods will be released on August 5 for cloud, console and PC. In it you will “seek untold riches, eternal life, and divine powers,” as you go to a cursed temple. The place is filled with a labyrinth of bottomless pits, deadly traps and monsters. Your greed for riches will lead to your death, but that is not the end of the story as you will rise again to fight again.
Also on August 5, Dodgeball Academia is coming to the cloud, console and PC. Here, dodge, dive and dodge ball in this sports RPG. In the game you forge friendships and make rivals, while training to become champions
Katamari Damacy Reroll will also arrive on the same platforms on August 5. In it, the King of All Cosmos accidentally destroyed all the stars in the sky. As his son, you have been instructed to put them back in their place.
Lumines Remastered will also be released on August 5 for the same platforms. The game combines sound, light and puzzle action in one experience as you ‘grooves on great house, trance and techno beats’.
Starmancer comes to Game Preview on PC on August 5, where as a powerful AI you can choose to obey protocol or go rogue. The game also builds space ports, labs, and incubators for mysterious eggs. You have to defend against hunger, sabotage and space zombies. Apparently you can also breed humans.
EA Play games Skate and Skate 3 are also coming to the service on August 5, which is a rather busy day for Game Pass subs.
First up is Skate for console, where it all started. In it, you will be “chased by guards”, try to impress or annoy civilians, ride with professionals and discover skate shops in a completely reactive city.
Next up is Skate 3 coming to the service via the cloud. In this co-op game you have to build the ultimate team and change the face of the city.
Starting August 10, more EA Play games will be coming to the service this month. The games are all from Codemasters and are Dirt 4, Dirt Rally, Dirt Rally 2.0, F1 2020 and Grid.
For those into racing games, Art of Rally is coming to Xbox Game Pass on August 12 for cloud, console and PC. Inspired by the golden era of rallying, the makers of Absolute Drift have developed a game that takes you around the world through colorful and stylized environments. There are a total of 61 cars in the base game, 60 rally stages, daily and weekly challenges with leaderboards, photo and replay mode, and Ghost Racing. The game now includes the Kenya update which comes with four news cars, six new tracks and a new free-roam area.
Game of the Year winning villainous Hades is coming to the cloud, console and PC via the service on August 13. In this dungeon crawler you will defy the god of the dead as you fight from the underworld of Greek myth. To help you along, wield the powers and mythical weapons of Olympus as you grow stronger and unravel more of the story with each unique escape attempt.
Finally, on August 17, Microsoft Solitaire Collection: Premium Edition arrives on PC. Since it’s the Premium Edition, you’ll have an ad-free experience and get an exclusive Xbox Game Pass card back. The title featured the best Solitaire card games in one app and features daily challenges, competitive events, Xbox achievements, and a new Xbox theme.
With new games arriving, that means some will leave. You have between now and August 8 to download and play GTA 5 for cloud and console. In addition, a number of games will leave the service on August 15, namely:
Ape Out (PC)
Crossing Souls (PC)
Darksiders Genesis (Cloud, Console, and PC)
Don’t Starve (Cloud, Console, and PC)
Final Fantasy 7 (Console and PC)
Train Sim World 2020 (Cloud, Console, and PC)