Xbox game releases — August 16th to 22nd

By Heidi Nicholas,
It's not quite as many games as launched last week, but next week still sees 15 new games heading to the Xbox platform, ranging from Arietta of Spirits to Yuoni. We've got major releases like Madden NFL 22 and the long-awaited interactive thriller Twelve Minutes arriving throughout the week, as well as interesting indie titles like The Vale: Shadow of the Crown on the way. All in all, there looks to be something for almost everyone here — will you be picking any of these games up?

From this page, you can view a game's achievement list if it's been released, subscribe to a game for news updates, add them to your wishlist, and even click through to the Microsoft Store to preorder or purchase. Here's a breakdown of everything coming to the world of Xbox next week. Let us know which of these you're planning on picking up in the comments!

August 17th

Greak: Memories of Azur — Xbox Series X|S


Greak: Memories of Azur is a side scrolling single-player game with hand-drawn animations. You will take the role of three siblings: Greak, Adara and Raydel to guide them through the lands of Azur. Alternate control between them and use their unique abilities to escape from the Urlag invasion.

Pile Up! — Xbox One


August 18th

Rogue Explorer — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One


Side-scrolling pixel art action combines with roguelike challenge for a customizable adventure into the Abyss Tower!

Journey deep into the abyss as a daring adventurer of your own design! Start in a humble hub town and venture into dungeons with varied biomes, each more dangerous than the last. Decide your character’s look, alter colors, craft weapons and armor from the loot you gather, upgrade your equipment and choose from a wide range of skill enhancements.

Rogue Explorer retains the challenge of classic roguelikes without the harsh restrictions or futile frustrations. Every “metroidvania” style dungeon in Rogue Explorer features multiple layers – upper levels do not change for a day, shifting in their layout only after the in-game day/night cycle has progressed, while deeper journeys take you into more dangerous dungeons that unpredictably change every time you enter them. But don’t worry too much! Even if you fail a quest, your dear character will survive and retain their gear, losing only the stat boosts and special skills unlocked on the last journey into the Abyss Tower.

Leave no corner unsearched as you jump, roll and leap off walls! Open chests to acquire swords, spears and staffs that can be set as primary or secondary weapons. Combine and synthesize more powerful items. Stack the deck in your favor before facing the monstrous bosses of each dungeon, from giant skeletons and minotaurs to dragons and even greater terrors!

World Soccer Strikers '91 — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One


WSS'91 is here! Welcome to the 90's, kid! Action and graphics on par with the arcades! Gather up a bunch of friends on your own living room! A huge bunch of teams (like, at least 40)! Game modes like tournaments, leagues & everything! What if we both pay for half and swap it every other week?

August 19th

Mayhem Brawler — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One


Mayhem Brawler is an urban fantasy themed beat 'em up that brings back the 90s arcade vibe to present day. With comic book style art and kick-ass soundtracks, it offers a unique experience that you can tackle solo or as co-op with friends while defining the next step in the story with your choices.

Monster Harvest — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One


Monster Harvest is a monster collecting and farming action RPG with a twist! Grow, collect and mutate your crops then take them into battle! Filled with places to discover and multiple ways to build your farm, get ready to craft, explore and battle across the vibrant world of Planimal Point.

Recompile — Xbox Series X|S, Windows


This atmospheric, Metroidvania-inspired hacking adventure lets you take control of a semi-sapient program struggling against deletion. In the sprawling 3D world of the Mainframe, Recompile features intense combat, tight 3D platforming, super-powered abilities and an environmental logic -based hacking mechanic.

The Vale: Shadow of the Crown — Xbox One


Twelve Minutes — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows


TWELVE MINUTES is a real-time top-down interactive thriller with an accessible click and drag interface. Featuring James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley, and Willem Dafoe.

What should be a romantic evening with your wife turns into a nightmare when a police detective breaks into your home, accuses your wife of murder and beats you to death...

Only for you to find yourself immediately returned to the exact moment you opened the front door, stuck in a TWELVE-MINUTE time loop, doomed to relive the same terror again and again...

Unless you can find a way to use the knowledge of what’s coming to change the outcome and break the loop.

TWELVE MINUTES blends the dream-like tension of THE SHINING with the claustrophobia of REAR WINDOW and the fragmented structure of MEMENTO.

Yuoni — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One


August 20th

Arietta of Spirits — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One


Arietta of Spirits is a story-driven action-adventure game, following Arietta on her journey to unveil the mysteries of the Spirit Realm. Immerse yourself in a story filled with emotion and surprising turns.

Follow Arietta on her journey to unveil the mysteries of the Spirit Realm!

Checkers for Kids — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

Checkers for Kids

Madden NFL 22 — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One


Pre-Order Madden NFL 22 to receive:
-Brady or Mahomes Power Up Item
-Elite Passer Strategy Item
-20 Franchise Staff Points
-Choice of 1 out of 32 NFL Stars

Madden NFL 22 is where gameday happens.

Mushroom Savior — Windows

Mushroom Saviour

The evil tree kidnapped the mushroom folk and imprisoned them in the dungeon. Help the mushroom king to rescue his people. Make your way through the dangerous dungeon, save the mushrooms and defeat the evil tree!

Rise Eterna — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One


Feed your nostalgia with a tactical RPG inspired by the greatest classical titles. Take on an adventurous journey, meet a whole range of unique characters, and immerse yourself in an engaging storyline.

Recruit up to 14 characters, each with their unique abilities, and defeat your worst nightmare in epic fights. Unveil a dark and mature story focused on the relationship between two lost souls trying to discover the meaning of there life, fighting side by side.
Have any of these caught your eye? Which ones are you thinking of picking up? Let us know in the comments!
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've been a staff writer for TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies since 2019. I love open-worlders, RPGs, and fantasy games, am obsessed with tea, and forever loyal to The Witcher 3 and Red Dead 2.