Xbox has been steadily adding new titles to their Netflix style subscription service, Game Pass, which will be getting even more additions to its already impressive line up next month.
Users with an active subscription to Game Pass will gain access to 8 new games during the month of May, with the main headline being State Of Decay 2, one of Microsoft’s most anticipated exclusive games. Other games coming to the service include Laser League, Pro Evolution Soccer 2018, Overcooked, The Escapists, Homefront: The Revolution, Unmechanical: Extended, and Sonic & Knuckles. All of these games will be available on May 1st, except for State of Decay and Laser League, which will be added on May 22nd and 10th, respectively.
Xbox will also be running a special promotion for Game Pass from April 26th until May 8th, during which time new subscribers can get their first month for just $1. If $1 is too much, Xbox also offers a free 14-day trial for the service, which is enough time to get a feel for the library of games and decide if it’s worth it.
Game Pass is still a pretty novel concept for the gaming industry, though it’s likely a sign of the medium’s future as an entirely digital entity. So far, Xbox has done a good job adding games to the service’s ever-growing library, with 8 other games even being added earlier this month. It’s definitely worth looking into if gamers haven’t checked it out yet, even if only for the exclusive games, which Game Pass holders get to play on launch day.
One major downside to Game Pass is that subscribers don’t actually own the games you play, meaning you still have to purchase them if your subscription lapses or they’re removed from the service. There’s also the negative impact it has on physical game sales, which could become a serious issue for major retailers if third-party developers also begin to add their games to the service on day one. The steady shift to digital sales has already been heavily damaging to retailers like GameStop, and subscription-based services like Game Pass could prove to be the final nail in the coffin.
We’ll have more news about Game Pass as the library grows.
Source: Xbox Wired