August has officially arrived! We've officially hit the 8th month of the year (crazy, isn't it?) However, we're more than excited for all of the new games that are coming along with it. What game are you most looking forward to this month?
Today's Drop is a ~5 min read!
New Studio, That's No Moon Entertainment, Aims to Create AAA Games
This past week a new studio with was announced developed by industry veterans called That's No Moon Entertainment. This company aims to create AAA games centered around "narrative-driven, genre-defining experiences" with teams in Los Angeles and San Diego. The company is being backed with a $100 million investment from Smilegate, the team from the Crossfire franchise, as a sign of good faith for what to come.
A diverse team brought together with ambitious goals. The team consists of Michael Mumbauer (former Head of Playstation's Visual Arts Group), Tina Kowalewski (former Director from Sony's Santa Monica Studio), Nick Kononelos (former Senior Director from EA), Barry Genova (former Engineering Lead at Bungie) among others. These leaders have a variety of experiences working on games with excellent narratives, gameplay, and characters. Working on games such as God of War, Last of Us, Destiny, and Uncharted provide the expertise needed to provided excitement and players for the potential to have to further push the single-player genre.
Single-player games have had a resurgence in recent years thanks to the beautiful and immersive characters and stories. The team is experienced and also ambitious. Currently a team of 40, they aim to be around 100 by 2022. If you are a developer and looking for a new and exciting team, check out their career page.
Team Pineapple Wins DreamHack Beyond 2021: Boost Cup - NA 3v3
Team Pineapple beat Ghost Gaming 2:0 (3:1; 3:0) in the grand-final of DreamHack Beyond 2021: Boost Cup - North America 3v3. DreamHack Beyond is a collection of tournaments within Europe and North America varying between 4 different modes - 3v3, 2v2, 1v1 and Freestyle. Team Pineapple had already won the tournament of this series in the 2v2 format. Team Pineapple, manned by Firstkiller from Rogue, AYYJAYY from FaZe Clan, and Atomic from Team Envy, reached the final through the lower bracket.
In Upper Round 1 Team Pineapple suddenly lost against Vibrance 1:2, and fell into lower bracket. Further, the future champions won six victories in a row, by the way, seizing revenge from Vibrance in the Lower Semi-Finals. In the final, they had to play Ghost Gaming, who went unbeaten through the entire tournament.
For Pineapple to win this final, they needed to win two Bo5 matches, for Ghost Gaming - only one. Ghost Gaming won the first map with a score of 1:0, but then lost three maps in a row (3:5; 0:1; 2:6). Pineapple caught a bout of courage and simply destroyed the rivals in the second game (4:3; 5:1; 5:2), becoming champions.
DreamHack Beyond 2021: Boost Cup - NA 3v3 final standings:
1. pineapple - $3300
2. Ghost Gaming - $1500
3. Nefarious - $1200
4. True Neutral - $750
5-6. Flashes of Brilliance - $375
5-6. Frakture - $375
August Games Releases To Mark Down
With July down, we're on the lookout for these new releases and updates coming up this month. Be sure to check them out and mark your calendars so you can try them as soon as possible!
- In Sound Mind (PC, Switch, PS5, Xbox) – 3rd August
- Lemnis Gate (PC, PS4 PS5, Xbox) – 3rd August
- The Falconeer: Warrior Edition (PS4 PS5, Switch) – 5th August
- Ever Forward (PS4 PS5, Xbox, Switch) – 5th August
- Godfall (PS4) – 10th August
- Shadowverse: Champion’s Battle (Switch) – 10th August
- Foreclosed (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) – 12th August
- Skatebird (PC, Xbox, Switch) – 12th August
- Hades (PS4, PS5, Xbox) – 13th August
- 12 Minutes (PC, Xbox) – 19th August
- Yuoni (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox) – 19th August
- RiMS Racing (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) – 19th August
- Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut (PS4, PS5) – 20th August
- Madden NFL 22 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox) – 20th August
- Aliens: Fireteam Elite (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox) – 24th August
- Kena: Bridge of Spirits (PC, PS4, PS5) – 24th August
- King’s Bounty II (PC, PS4, Xbox, Switch) – 24th August
- Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 (PS5) – 24th August
- Psychonauts 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox) – 25th August
- Hotel Life: A Resort Simulator (PC, PS4, PS5. Xbox, Switch) – 26th August
- The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki (PC, Switch) – 26th August
- No More Heroes III (Switch) – 27th August
- New World (PC) – 31st August
Epic Games Summer Sale Is On
Still waiting on that next Steam sale to get your favorite games? Why not check out the Epic Games Summer Sale, going on until August 5th.
Some of our favorite picks include:
- Assassin's Creed: Valhalla - Still new, but so fun, this expansion to the game adds to the rich depth of lore already present in the series. The interesting addition of norse mythology piqued many players' interests, and is a great find if you're looking to pick it up on a budget.
- Red Dead Redemption II - Enough said. We all know how awesome this game is. It's just more awesome now that it's on sale.
- Days Gone - An epic post apocalyptic zombie shooter that'll leave you breathless. Plus you get a pretty sick bike to ride around on, too.
- Timeline - An action-packed stealth puzzle journey that requires precision, planning skills, and a knack for time manipulation. Can you use your future to change your past?
There are tons of awesome titles you can grab for a discount, so be sure to take a look before those deals disappear.
We hope you had a great start to the month. Happy August!
Daily Drop Credit: Anam, Carmine, Mark, and the Founders.