A release plan for the bumper shows how good this service has become, and it is without AAA.
I’ve said it before, and will no doubt say it again in the future, but Game Pass is a bit good, right? The lineup of games coming to service, especially on the console, next month or so is perhaps the best we’ve ever seen.
Just look at this for a lineup:
- Cris Tales –
- Atomicrops – July 22nd
- Last stop – July 22nd
- Raji: An Ancient Epic – July 22nd
- Blinx: The Time Sweeper – July 26th
- Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge – July 26th
- Microsoft Flight Simulator – Xbox Release July 27th
- Lethal League Blaze – July 29th
- Omno – July 29th
- Ascension – July 29
- Project Wingman – July 29 (PC only)
- Hades – August 13th
- Twelve minutes – 19 August
- Psychonauts 2 – 25 August
You can look at that list and think, “well, there’s nothing big there,” and you kind of want to be right. But just look at it again and consider the quality (hopefully) in that playlist.
Cris Tales is an absolutely brilliant indie love letter to classic JRPGs. Early reviews are strong, making this a brilliant win for Game Pass. Last Stop is a sci-fi body exchange adventure from the developers of indie-hit, Virginia, and it looks like a perfect Game Pass addition.
Microsoft Flight Simulator dazzled the PC last year and finally arrived on Xbox consoles on July 27th. Many would reject this if it had been locked behind a $ 60 purchase, but on Game Pass it will find a large new audience.
While quite po-faced, this one may surprise many people after being tempted by the incredible graphics. While I said that this list is not AAA, there is no denying that Flight Simulator is about as AAA as sims can be.
Omno, a non-violent game about exploration, was created by a single developer, but looks brilliant. Game Pass has brought many great indie games to the players on day one, and this could be another top level addition if the game can match the other worldview.
Ascent, one of the first Xbox Series games to be unveiled, is an isometric action RPG with the potential to be superb (and looks great, visually). Games with that cyberpunk vibe are pretty trendy at the moment, but this one has the potential to be really good.
Hades needs little introduction, the game has appeared during the 2020 Game of the Year awards. It’s a great offer for Game Pass, when you get to the service on the day it’s released on Xbox. Go for it if you have not already tried delicacies on PC or Switch.
Twelve Minutes is a unique thriller from Annapurna Interactive where you have to solve a mystery by playing a 12-minute sequence inside an apartment. It looks very nice and has voice work from James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley and Willem Dafoe.
Towards the end of August, we have Psychonauts 2, the long-awaited and very late sequel to the Xbox cult hit original. A recent pre-round painted the game as a Game of the Year nominee, so it’s great to have it on Game Pass on the first day.
Still, it’s not even the full list of games coming next month.
Atomicrops is a well-ranked defense game for roguelit tower, Raji: An Ancient Epic is like an indie God of War in ancient India, Project Wingman is a much-loved fighting game, and Lethal League Blaze is an action-packed ball game crossed with a fighter. All good additions to Game Pass. Add to this the duality of nostalgia in the form of Xbox classics Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge and Blinx: The Time Sweeper, and well, that’s a lot.
It’s a stormy lineup of games, and it’s unlikely to be anything that comes to Game Pass during the period. A smattering of other titles, new and old, will probably fill the gaps and add what I think may be the best month in Game Pass history.
Later this year, Game Pass members will take advantage of the Xbox Game Studios titles day one, with Halo Infinite being released during the holidays and likely to be huge. We also got Back 4 Blood and Forza Horizon 5 in October, both day one on Game Pass. Next year we see the fruits of the Bethesda acquisition, with Starfield, Deathloop and Redfall on Xbox and Game Pass.
For more games to come in the coming months, visit the Video Games Release Dates page. What do you think. Has there been a better period in Game Pass history? Let us know in the comments.