18 titles coming to Xbox Game Pass on Day One this year

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One of the biggest criticisms facing Microsoft is the lack of games, particularly exclusives, available for the Xbox. During the company’s E3 press conference, Microsoft addressed that criticism head on, revealing a total of 41 games coming to Xbox Game Pass at some point in the future.

Of that list, 11 — mostly all from Bethesda — were made available during the press conference, with an additional 18 slated to arrive day one this year. The games making their debut on Xbox Game Pass this year are:

  • Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance – June 22, 2021
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator – July 27, 2021
  • The Ascent – July 29, 2021
  • Hades – August 13, 2021
  • Twelve Minutes – August 19, 2021
  • Psychoncauts 2 – August 25, 2021
  • Aragami 2 – September 17, 2021
  • Sable – September 23, 2021
  • The Gunk – September 2021
  • Back 4 Blood – October 12, 2021
  • Age of Empires IV – October 28, 2021
  • Forza Horizon 5 – November 9 , 2021
  • Halo Infinite – Holiday 2021
  • Shredders – December 2021
  • Scorn – 2021
  • Hello Neighbor 2 – 2021
  • The Anacrusis – 2021
  • Among Us – 2021

Not all of these games are Xbox exclusive, but Microsoft has a huge advantage over Sony in that all of these games will be released day one on Xbox Game Pass. That means anyone with a subscription to the service will be able to play them for free.

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The award-winning Hades, the blockbuster racer Forza Horizon 5, the Xbox flagship Halo Infinite, will all be free. As I’ve mentioned countless times before, this is the best deal in gaming, and honestly I have no clue how Microsoft is even making money with Game Pass at this point.

What’s more, this isn’t even the full list of games coming to Xbox Game Pass. In the future, Xbox exclusives like Starfield, Redfall and The Outer Worlds 2 will all be available through Xbox Game Pass on da one.

For all of the criticism Microsoft has received in the past, it’s clear that the company’s renewed focus on gaming is starting to show. And Xbox gamers are starting to reap the benefits of Microsoft’s massive investment as the company has gobbled up studio after studio.

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Don’t get me wrong, Sony still has the edge when it comes to quality exclusives but if you’re simply looking for the best bang for your buck, that’s going to be Xbox Game Pass.