Game Pass

Huge news as Xbox exclusives come to Xbox Game Pass as they launch

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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.”

Pass out

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.

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