New Xbox One games for August 2020: A big month for sports fans

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EA Sports UFC 4, Madden NFL 21 and PGA Tour 2K21 highlight August’s new Xbox One game releases.

If you’re a sports fan, you have a lot to look forward to for the month of August. It’s finally Madden season, but alongside the annual football sim comes a new installment in EA’s UFC video game franchise.

Beyond that, there’s not much in terms of exclusives or AAA blockbusters coming to Xbox One in August. But there are a few gems, including New Super Lucky’s Tale which makes its way over from the Nintendo Switch.

Super Lucky’s Tale was actually originally released for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC in 2017. The vibrant and charismatic 3D platformer receiving fairly positive scores upon release. Eventually, an expanded version of the game, New Super Lucky’s Tale, was released for Nintendo Switch in 2019. We’ve now come full circle as this version is now coming back to Xbox One this month.

For me, though, August is all about sports. As a relatively new fan of mixed martial arts, I’m particularly looking forward to EA Sports UFC 4. It will be my first time with the franchise in quite a while and it seems EA has made tremendous strides with the various gameplay mechanics.

Then, of course, there’s Madden. The annual football sim returns with Madden NFL 21. This year’s game looks to bring fans closer to the action and EA has focused particularly on three main features: updated pass-rush mechanics, a new Skill Stick ball-carrier system and more realistic open-field tackling.

Here’s a look at what else is coming to Xbox One in August:

  • Fast & Furious Crossroads – August 7
  • Hyper Escape – August 11
  • Risk of Rain 2 – August 11
  • EA Sports UFC 4 – August 14
  • New Super Lucky’s Tale – August 21
  • PGA Tour 2K21 – August 21
  • Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time – August 21
  • Tell Me Why: Chapter 11 – August 27
  • Madden NFL 21 – August 28
  • Project CARS 3 – August 28
  • Wasteland 3 – August 28
  • Windbound – August 28

Turning the calendar page to August means we’re one month closer to the launch of the Xbox Series X. Microsoft is coming off hosting its Xbox Games Showcase where they gave us a look at what’s in store for the next-generation. AAA games releasing between now and the Xbox Series X “holiday season” will likely have some sort of cross-gen upgrade support. Madden, for example, is part of EA’s Dual Entitlement program which allows you to upgrade from the Xbox One to the Xbox Series X version at no extra cost.