PS Plus Titles For August Include Destiny 2’s Best Campaign Ever

Gather ‘round, gamers—more specifically PlayStation Plus subscribers—because a new lineup of games is coming to you this August and unlike last month’s horror-themed offerings, this month’s helpings feature a tonal variety of games, including a turned-based role-playing game hitting the service on day one. Here’s everything coming to PS Plus on August 29.

Sea of Stars, the aforementioned RPG, follows three adventurers as they use magic harnessed from the sun and moon to defeat monsters created by an evil alchemist called The Fleshmancer. Gross. Sabotage Studio, who previously offered a modernized take on 8- and 16-bit ninja games with their well-received 2018 release The Messenger, say their latest game “aims to modernize the classic RPG in terms of turn-based combat, storytelling, exploration and interactions with the environment, while still offering a hearty slice of nostalgia and good old, simple fun.” Sea of Stars is slated to release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC, and Nintendo Switch on August 29.

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Outside of Sea of Stars, other big titles coming to PS Plus include Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, Lost Judgment, and Moving Out 2. Considered to be the “best campaignDestiny 2 has ever had by Kotaku’s own Ethan Gatch, The Witch Queen charges guardians with solving the mystery of how Savathûn, the titular witch queen, stole the Light. By solve, I of course mean shoot-banging their way through a bunch of levels while acquiring some sweet loot to add to their wardrobe and armory, the real objective of Destiny 2.

Lost Judgment, from the team that made the Like A Dragon series (the Yakuza games), sees detective Takayuki Yagami investigate a string of brutal serial killings across Kamurocho that puts his loyalty to the justice system into question.

Much like its predecessor, Moving Out 2 will have players packing up a house full of furniture and other miscellaneous items as carefully or as roughly as they see fit. Unlike Moving Out, which could only be played solo or through couch co-op, Moving Out 2 will let players lift with their knees in online co-op and cross-play.

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PS Plus Line-Up For August 2023

Here’s everything else coming to PS Plus at the end of August:

  • Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed
  • Two Point Hospital: Jumbo Edition
  • Source of Madness
  • Cursed Golf
  • Dreams
  • PJ Masks: Heroe of the Night
  • Hotel Transylvania: Scary-Tale Adventures
  • Lawn Mowing Simulator: Landmark Edition
  • Spellforce III Reforced
  • Midnight Fight Express


Like A Dragon Gaiden Won’t Include a Key Feature At Launch

Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, the upcoming spinoff in Sega’s Yakuza series, is set to release on November 9. But unlike several recent games in the franchise, it will not launch with an English dub version. Instead, English audio will come to the game in a post-launch update. Sega has yet to announce a specific date for the patch.

Yong Yea, the new English voice actor for protagonist Kiryu Kazuma, revealed the news on his official Twitter account, saying:

Since Like A Dragon: Gaiden is a few weeks away and many may not know about this, [I] thought I should let you know the English dub will not be available on the November 9 launch date and will release as a post-launch patch (no official date yet). Hope you’ll look forward to it!

Like A Dragon Gaiden, which takes place between Yakuza 6 and Yakuza Like A Dragon, follows Kiryu as he assumes the identity of a secret agent named Joryu after faking his death to protect his adopted children at the Sunflower Orphanage. Now Kiryu… er, I mean Joryu, has a swath of new gadgets like explosive cigarettes, rocket boots, and Spider-Man-esque wire to beat up thugs and swing around the city. Hopefully, after Kiryu is finished having fun with his whole 007 license-to-kill persona, he’ll find time to make things right with that family he left behind. Yes, I’m still mad about Yakuza 6’s finale.


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Longtime fans of the Yakuza series have become accustomed to playing its games without an English voice track. Only recently have players been able to experience the Yakuza series with an English dub, with games like Like A Dragon and its spin-off series, Judgment. The last time the mainline Yakuza games had a proper English version was with the original U.S. release of the first game on PlayStation 2, where Hollywood actors like Michael Madsen and Mark Hamill voiced Kiryu Goro Majima. While that combination sounds amazing on paper, it wasn’t remarkable enough for Hamill to remember having played Majima, let alone recall what the Yakuza series is even about. Here’s hoping Like A Dragon Gaiden leaves a better impression.

Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name (GameStop) will come to PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One on November 9.

PS5 Slim Bundles May Include Free Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3

A PS5 Slim sits next to a copy of Modern Warfare 3.

The new PlayStation 5 “slim” complete with a disc drive and DualSense controller is being bundled at no extra cost with Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, according to a new advertisement shared by CoD news site Charlie Intel. The free game comes just a month after Call of Duty officially became part of Xbox.

The redesigned PS5 with a Blu-Ray player is normally $500, while the all-digital version that can be upgraded with a detachable disc drive later is normally $450. Since a new ad shared by Charlie Intel shows the Modern Warfare 3 bundle still only costing $500, it seems like Sony is preparing to celebrate Microsoft’s $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard by giving away the game for free. The bundles come out November 10, the same day as Modern Warfare 3. Just wait until you see them on store shelves. They’re really small.

Sony has given away new Call of Duty games before in its console bundles. Infinite Warfare was free with a new PS4 in 2016 ($300), and WWII was free in 2017. However, this is the first time Sony is debuting such a big deal alongside the launch of a slim model, and right after the game just became owned by its biggest competitor. While Microsoft and Sony hashed out a deal to keep the franchise on PlayStation moving forward, this will be the last time the PS5 version of the game will come with timed-exclusive bonus content.

The free game will likely help boost PS5 sales this holiday, in which Sony is looking to sell a record-breaking 25 million consoles by the end of March 2024. That target comes even as Sony’s only major first-party game this year is Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, and even as it begins cutting some staff across various PlayStation studios.

The ad spotted by Charlie Intel notes that the deal is only up for grabs while supplies last, and reminds prospective buyers that the new metal ring vertical stand isn’t included in the bundle. It’s sold separately and will cost $30.


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