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Xbox Game Pass early August 2021 series include Hades & Skate series

Indie darling Hades and the popular Skate series are a few of the titles coming to Xbox Game Pass in the first half of August.


Another month means it’s time for more Xbox Game Pass additions. Xbox Game Pass is widely considered to be one of the best deals in gaming and a big part of that is the ever growing library of games available in it. As we enter the first half of August 2021, Xbox has announced the latest lineup of what’s on the way for the program. If you’ve been holding off on Hades or somehow missed out on the early entries of Skate, you’re in for a treat.

Xbox announced the early August lineup of Xbox Game Pass via an Xbox Wire blog post on August 3, 2021. The highlights of this early month include Hades. Voted the Shacknews Indie Game of the Year in 2020, Hades has had its fans here at the site, as well as with players and critics throughout the gaming world. Meanwhile, we’ve all been asking for a new Skate game and it seems like Skate 4 is pretty far off, but if you missed out on why people love this franchise, Xbox has you covered. The original Skate is coming to consoles on Xbox Game Pass while Skate 3 comes to Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Here’s everything that’s coming to the Xbox Game Pass in the first half of August:

  • Curse of the Dead Gods (Cloud, Console, and PC) - August 5
  • Dodgeball Academia (Cloud, Console, and PC) - August 5
  • Katamari Damacy Reroll (Cloud, Console, and PC) - August 5
  • Lumines Remastered (Cloud, Console, and PC) - August 5
  • Skate (Console) EA Play - August 5
  • Skate 3 (Cloud) EA Play - August 5
  • Starmancer (Game Preview) (PC) - August 5
  • Art of Rally (Cloud, Console, and PC) - August 12
  • Hades (Cloud, Console, and PC) - August 13
  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection: Premium Edition (PC) - August 17

That covers all of the early August 2021 Xbox Game Pass additions. Be sure to follow our Xbox Game Pass coverage for all the new games coming to the program and other news.

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    August 3, 2021 8:10 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Xbox Game Pass early August 2021 series include Hades & Skate series

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      August 3, 2021 6:33 AM

      Xbox Game Pass upcoming games:

      August 5
      - Curse of the Dead Gods (pc, console, cloud) - think Hades via Darkest Dungeon, I'd recommend giving this a look
      - Dodgeball Academia (pc, console, cloud)
      - Katamari Damacy Reroll (pc, console, cloud)
      - Lumines Remastered (pc, console, cloud)
      - Skate (console only)
      - Skate 3 (console only) -- GET YOUR RAGDOLLS READAY
      - Starmancer (pc only, game preview)

      August 12
      - Art of Rally (pc, console, cloud)

      August 13
      - Hades (pc, console, cloud)

      August 17
      - MS Solitaire Collection (pc only)

      Also with the benefit of EA now owning Codemasters, these games join EA Play and thus Game Pass August 10 (Assuming pc + console)
      - Dirt 4
      - Dirt Rally
      - Dirt Rally 2.0
      - F1 2020
      - Grid

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        August 3, 2021 6:47 AM

        Skate 3 is already on Gamepass?

        Also give me Solitaire on console you cowards.

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          August 3, 2021 6:48 AM

          It's on Windows

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            August 3, 2021 6:53 AM

            No I've had it on Series X since whenever EA Pass got added, like December last year?

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              August 3, 2021 7:01 AM

              It may be the availability to PC + cloud then that 's new.

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        August 3, 2021 7:04 AM

        Awww sheeeeeit, I am def downloading Dirt Rally 2.0

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        August 3, 2021 7:07 AM

        Katamari do your best!

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        August 3, 2021 7:10 AM

        i will play at least two of those games for at least 30min a piece. gamepass continues to justify itself, even though they keep fucking up PC ports.

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          August 3, 2021 7:22 AM

          If we're talking the Ascent's issues, that sounds like its a problem that devs need to build different versions for different storefronts, and if they misconfigure the Game Pass/MS Store one, you can run into issues. Yes, it would be nice if Game Pass could just use the Steam build but obviously there's API hooks that they need to worry about to like with Xbox authentication / achievements, etc.

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            August 3, 2021 7:22 AM

            the ascent is just the most recent example. this happens constantly in the MS store.

            i know they said they were going to allow straight win32 ports at some point. this should alleviate the problem eventually.

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        August 3, 2021 7:24 AM

        Hades better be amazing..

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        August 3, 2021 7:27 AM

        Oh wow, Codemasters coming to gamepass is going to own, and those are some other great games there too Lumines, Art of Rally and Curse of the Dead Gods will get my play time for sure.

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        August 3, 2021 7:29 AM

        I am so stoked for Hades.

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          August 3, 2021 7:42 AM

          Same... I hemmed and hawed about buying it a few times and I'm glad I held off!

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        August 3, 2021 7:53 AM

        Cool I've been curious to try Curse of the Dead Gods. Also will probably boot up Katamari. Already own Hades but that's a fantastic get for the service too.

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          August 3, 2021 9:24 AM

          As I said, Curse is basically similar to Hades (isometric combat in a roguelike) but with Darkest Dungeon aspects - take too much damage, or sacrifice blood for upgrades and you gain levels of madness that typically negatively affect your performance.
          The combat is not as tight as Hades, but it works well enough to make the overall formula interesting.

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        August 3, 2021 8:18 AM

        Yo, you’re forgetting Psychonauts 2

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      August 3, 2021 10:38 PM

      No SKATE for PC? :(

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