Just today in a statement from Phil Spencer, it was announced that Xbox Game Pass will expand to include all upcoming titles published by Microsoft Studios on their respective release dates. This includes the likes of the highly anticipated Sea of Thieves when it launches on March 20th, State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3 sometime this year and future installments in current franchises such as Halo.
Xbox Game Pass is the successful subscription based service for Xbox One that allows gamers to access over 100 games at a very reasonable cost of only $9.99 Per Month. Notable games included in the the subscription at the time of writing include; Halo 5: Guardians, Gears of War 4, and many more.
Not only will big new titles make their way to Game Pass, Microsoft is also making it easier for gamers to buy into the service. In the released statement Phil Spencer also states:
“We are also pleased to announce that we are working closely with our retail partners, such as GameStop, to offer a 6-month Xbox Game Pass subscription card for those fans who look for a variety of ways to purchase and enjoy new games and services. The 6-month Xbox Game Pass subscription card will be available at select retail partners for $59.99 beginning March 20. By working closely with retail partners, Xbox Game Pass will have valuable ambassadors in popular destinations for gamers to discover new and exciting games and enjoy community.”
Personally, I’m a big fan of the service, with an on/off subscription to go ahead to try out games I probably would have never given the chance. It’s a great way for gamers to discover new games and try new things. It’s worth noting that games are not expected to stay in this service forever. Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain is leaving later this month, but Microsoft has done a good job communicating with consumers. This is a huge move by Microsoft to draw more attention to their subscription service and it’ll certainly be interesting to see if it pays off.