Players’ Choice: Vote for August 2021’s best new game

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Salutations! We have officially opened the polls for the month of August 2021, which means it is now your sacred duty to click the little button next to the game you think most deserves the title of Players’ Choice. You’ve got plenty to choose from this month — the three highlighted in the image above, plus Madden 22, Fracked, Hunter’s Arena: Legends, I Expect You To Die 2, Recompile, and more.

We’ll keep the polls open until Sunday at 11:59pm Pacific, so finish your deliberations and cast your vote before then. Once you do, don’t be afraid to tell us why your chosen game deserves to be this month’s champion. See you in the comments!

How does it work? At the end of every month, PlayStation.Blog will open a poll where you can vote for the best new game released that month. Soon thereafter, we’ll close the polls, tally your votes, and announce the winner at PlayStation.Blog. PlayStation Store will also showcase some top Players’ Choice winners throughout the year.

What is the voting criteria? That’s up to you! If you were only able to recommend one new release to a friend that month, which would it be? In keeping with our long tradition in the Game of the Year Awards, remastered or re-released games won’t qualify. Ambitious, larger-scale rebuilds and remakes like Shadow of the Colossus and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will.

How are nominees decided? The PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation Store editorial teams will gather a list of that month’s most noteworthy releases and use it to seed the poll. Write-in votes will be accepted.

Introducing “Frontiers,” No Man’s Sky’s 17th free update

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On August 9, the 5th anniversary of our PlayStation launch, we teased our 17th update, Frontiers. Today, we are pleased to let players see what we’ve been working so hard on.

It’s a huge update, with a focus on improving base building and introducing occupied settlements on planets.

Introducing “Frontiers,” No Man’s Sky’s 17th free update

Planetary settlements

Clusters of pioneering aliens have banded together to build planetary settlements. These little communities, bustling with life and promise, can now be found on all inhabited planets across the galaxies.

Found your own settlement

Submit your management credentials to become overseer of a settlement, rename it, and assume leadership over its citizens. The settler population will look to you for town planning, treasury management, policy decisions and conflict resolution. Every settlement is procedurally generated, with unique buildings, neighbourhood layouts, colour schemes, and interior and exterior decoration.

Help settlements grow

Ungoverned settlements start off small and modest, with a sparse population and only a few buildings scattered around their town centre. Provide resources to construct new buildings and transform your ramshackle collection of dwellings into a flourishing town!

Resolve citizen disputes

Essential Picks promotion comes to PlayStation Store

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Celebrate the start of a new month with some PlayStation Store discounts! Starting this Wednesday, September 1 for a limited time* a number of PlayStation games are available at a reduced price. That includes fantastical co-op adventure It Takes Two, galaxy-spanning epic No Man’s Sky and thrilling race sim F1 2021.