Huge news as Xbox exclusives come to Xbox Game Pass as they launch
Starting with Sea Of Thieves, Microsoft has announced plans to bring games published by Microsoft Studios to its Game Pass subscription service on the same day that the games are released on Xbox One worldwide. This means that gamers who already subscribe to the service will be able to play these titles on day one of their launch, without having to spend a penny.
The service will first be updated with Sea Of Thieves when it launches on 20 March, and two other titles will follow later this year – State Of Decay
2 and Crackdown 3. Microsoft also announced that “this will also apply to any future unannounced games from Microsoft Studios, including exclusive franchises such as Halo, Forza and Gears Of War.”
While we still don’t have any new titles officially confirmed (just rumoured – see page 8 for more details), we can expect Microsoft’s triple-A releases to get similar treatments in future, giving Game Pass holders the kind of titles that have so far been missing from the subscription service.
This is huge news from Microsoft – with Game Pass costing just £7.99 per month, with no long-term commitment required, it means that Xbox owners will have the option to temporarily subscribe to the service to try out a new game rather than having to pay full price.
Game Pass currently offers over 100 titles from Xbox One and Xbox 360, with new titles being added to the service regularly. Subscribers also get 20 per cent off game purchases from the Microsoft Store, and can cancel their subscriptions at any time.