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E3 2021 saw Microsoft double the Game Pass as its main strategy: almost all the games shown in the company's presentation were headed by the bold text "Play it day one with Xbox Game Pass". With all the first-hand games landing on the subscription service simultaneously with the retail launch, and now Bethesda’s line is next, there’s a lot to look forward to.
It’s hard to deny that Game Pass has become one of the best-value ways to play, as it offers hundreds of blockbuster, independent experiences for a fraction of its individual costs. And with Xbox covering a growing number of Japanese developers, there’s easily a game for everyone. While Game Pass for PC still doesn't have all the benefits of Xbox One and X-Series players, we still get a fairly large portion of the gaming pie.
Microsoft and Bethesda's E3 show saw Xbox blatantly drop a few titles halfway through the presentation. Most consisted of ZeniMax games such as Dishonored, Arx Fatalis, the first three Fallout and Fallout Tactics games, The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein 2. As previously rumored, Yakuza: Like a Dragon also appeared in Game Pass, bringing to service the entire main Yakuza series.
What games are coming to Game Pass this year?
There are already confirmed 16 games for the launch of Games Pass for PC this year, although one of the games planned for the Xbox version, Hades, has been on the PC for some time. Between us and Flight Simulator are also on the list, but we already have them in Game Pass for PC, so I've taken the liberty of excluding them.
Although some absolute scorers arrive. We already knew that Halo Infinite would arrive at Game Pass at its release, but it's good to see the release date of Holiday 2021 after last year's worryingly cheeky game trailer and subsequent delay.
Another great game coming to Game Pass for PC is Forza Horizon 5, which will be released on November 9: it was easily the most beautiful game at E3, with ray tracing and a senseless level of detail inside of the Mexican countryside.
Another Game Pass entry that was rumored earlier and turned out to be true is Back 4 Blood. Unlike many versions of Game Pass, the spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead is not exclusive to consoles and will be available in Game Pass for PC at launch on October 8th.
Here is a list of all the games that will arrive in Game Pass for PC in 2021:
- Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance – June 22
- The ascent – July 29
- Hades – August 13
- Twelve minutes – August 19
- Psychonauts 2 – August 25
- Aragami 2 – September 17
- Sable – September 23
- Behind 4 Sang – October 8
- Age of Empires IV – October 28
- Forza Horizon 5 – November 9
- Crushers – December 2021
- The Gunk – Autumn 2021
- Anacrusis – Autumn 2021
- Halo Infinite – Holidays 2021
- Contempt – 2021
- Hello Neighbor 2 – 2021
What games will launch the first day in the future?
Along with the 16 games we will have on Game Pass for PC this year, there are 12 games currently confirmed for release one day after 2021. Although we are currently unsure of how many of these will come specifically to PC Game Pass, we can safely assume that most (if not all) will make an appearance.
The only post-2021 game with a firm release date right now is Starfield. Bethesda’s first new gaming IP in 25 years has been up and running for a few seconds, and while the release date is still 18 months, it’s good to know the game will finally arrive.
Games like The Outer Worlds and Slime Rancher will see sequels sometime in the future, with new games from Arkane and old Just Cause developers, which will be picked up by Xbox for a single day of Game Pass.
Here are all the confirmed games arriving on the first day of Game Pass in 2022 and later:
- Starfield – November 11, 2022
- Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising – 2022
- Fall – 2022
- Replaced – 2022
- Slime Rancher 2 – 2022
- A Plague Tale: Requiem – 2022
- Somerville – 2022
- Party animals – 2022
- Eiyuden Chronicle: One Hundred Heroes – 2023
- Atomic heart – TBA
- The outer worlds 2 – TBA
- Contraband – TBA
These are just the games that arrive on the first day, as Xbox already regularly mixes the game library. Other games will be added and removed as the year progresses, and Microsoft will always give you a look when you remove games from your library.