Today, Microsoft announced an incredible update to the Xbox Game Pass. In a statement written on Xbox Wire, Phil Spencer, Head of Gaming, announced that first-party Microsoft games will be available on Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release!
What does this mean? It means that first party games like Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and Crackdown 3 will be available on Xbox Game Pass the minute they are released!! Sea of Thieves will be the first one available on March 20th. It also means that future first party games like Halo, Forza, and Gears of War will also be available on this service.
Phil Spencer said the following in his Xbox Wire announcement – “We’ve only scratched the surface of the opportunity this new model brings to the industry and what we can deliver to our fans. We firmly believe Xbox Game Pass will be a catalyst to create new opportunities for game developers and publishers to innovate in the way games are developed and delivered, leading to entirely new ways to play. We’re truly humbled by the incredible response we’ve received to date for Xbox Game Pass, and we look forward to offering an unprecedented choice and value with Xbox Game Pass this spring and beyond.”
Phil also announced that a new subscription card will be available for purchase at your local retailers. A 6-month subscription will be available for purchase for $59.99 at stores like Gamestop beginning March 20th.
I couldn’t be more excited about this announcement. Xbox Game Pass was already a great value at $10 a month. Now, gamers who can only afford the game pass will have access to new release first party games as soon as they come out! I’m assuming there will be a small catch. For example, since Sea of Thieves is included, you probably won’t have access to pre-order bonuses if you download it from Game Pass. Also, will Sea of Thieves will still be a Play Anywhere title if you download it from Game Pass? I’m sure we will get a few more answers soon.
Now, if you will excuse me, I’m immediately subscribing to Xbox Game Pass. What do you think of the announcement? Let us know in the comments!