Microsoft has today announced plans for a major expansion to Xbox Game Pass that underscores the company’s commitment to deliver the ultimate gaming subscription service to fans.
Microsoft plans to release all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Studios into Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release. This means that when Sea of Thieves launches on March 20, it will be included in Xbox Game Pass to all members.
This plan to bring new games timed with their global release into Xbox Game Pass not only includes announced titles like Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3 but future unannounced games from Microsoft Studios including new iterations of the biggest Xbox One exclusive franchises such as Halo, Forza and Gears of War, on the same day they launch.
New 6 Month Subscription
As part of today’s library expansion, Microsoft has also announced plans to work with retail partners 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 $59.99USD 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.
According to Microsoft’s Head of Gaming, Phil Spencer, the company has only scratched the surface of the opportunity this new model brings to the industry and what can be delivered to 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.”
With the addition of more great games, new blockbuster releases and a new subscription offer, Microsoft and Xbox are providing fans more choice and value in how they discover and enjoy games – purchase games for their permanent library or play through Xbox Game Pass for one low price.