No, the title is not meant to be misleading. Today, the official Xbox Twitter account shared a link to a post on Xbox Wire describing their plans for the future of Xbox Game Pass. What does it hold? A fantastic value, as it turns out.
This morning, Xbox shared this tweet.
— Xbox (@Xbox) January 23, 2018
Simply, Microsoft plans on releasing all Xbox One exclusive titles to Xbox Game Pass the day they release. Doubling down on their subscription service, Microsoft seems to be betting it all in an attempt to rally support for Xbox Game Pass. Highly anticipated titles like Sea of Thieves may attract a larger amount of subscribers who, correctly, figure they can play the game for $10 and cancel their subscription when they get bored. Whether you keep your subscription running will depend on how valuable you view the games included in Game Pass. These three huge titles are a good start, and with Phil Spencer announcing that Microsoft and Xbox will be pursuing more exclusive content in the future, Game Pass looks to only improve with age.
Here’s a better look at the promo image.
Although their latest iterations may not have been as exciting as previous installments, it is important to remember that Xbox exclusive titles include the Halo, Gears of War, and Forza series. That means that, yes, when (if) the next Halo game is released, it will be on Xbox Game Pass from day one. Microsoft must have enough faith that players will see the value and continue their subscription to Game Pass for at least six months in order to justify giving away a new Halo game for ten bucks.
Given that Sea of Thieves is set to release fairly soon, we should see this change come into play as early as March 20th, 2018.
Additionally, the blog post describes how Xbox will be selling 6-month Xbox Game Pass cards ($59.99) at brick-and-mortar partners, like GameStop. This is apparently due to a demand for “more choice” regarding how fans purchase their subscription to Game Pass, however hard that may be to believe. I’ll buy my digital goods digitally. At home. Thanks.
Will the allure of Sea of Thieves get you to drop $10 for Xbox Game Pass. Any of the other titles? Any way you spin it, $10 games are a good thing, even if it’s just for a month. Will Xbox become the Netflix of games? Sound off in the comments below!