Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, Katana Zero, and more Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Cloud Gaming, in October

Xbox Game Pass October 2020
Xbox Game Pass October 2020 (Image credit: Xbox)

What you need to know

  • Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft's Netflix-like gaming subscription, with a huge selection of games for players to choose from.
  • The service continues to grow larger, adding new games every single month, as well as a few departures.
  • Xbox just announced the games coming and leaving in the second half of October, 2020 to Xbox Game Pass for consoles and PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming.
  • Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is coming to PC, and is the biggest entry this time around.

We're already nearly halfway through the spooky month of October, which means taking advantage of the best Xbox Prime Day deals around, but it also means Xbox is sharing all the games coming and going from Xbox Game Pass through the rest of October. If you're subscribed to Xbox Game Pass (and you should be), we have all the games you can look forward to on console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for the rest of the month. Don't forget that EA Play is also coming to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on November 10, alongside the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

The line-up this time around includes the launch of anticipated games like Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition and Katana Zero.

There are also more games leaving the service in October, so be sure to check that list in case there's anything you still want to play.

Coming soon

You can check out all the titles coming soon to Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud gaming below:

Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition (PC) - October 15

Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition completes the celebration of one of the most beloved real-time strategy franchises in definitive form. Command mighty civilizations from across Europe and the Americas or jump to the battlefields of Asia in stunning 4K Ultra HD graphics and with a fully remastered soundtrack. Experience two new game modes: including all previously released expansions and 14 civilizations, plus two brand new civilizations – the Swedes and Inca. Return to adventure with this final chapter in the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition journey.

Heave Ho (PC) - October 15

Grab one another's hands, climb across dangling bodies, and swing your pals to safety in a wobbly, dangly mass of limbs. Heave Ho tasks up to four players with a simple goal: don't fall to your death! Players will use their own two hands and the outstretched grip of their friends to grapple across each level on their way to victory. Customize your character with stylish accessories in a vain attempt to remember which of your hands is the only thing between you and the plummet of doom.

Katana Zero (Cloud, Xbox, & PC) - October 15

A stylish neo-noir, action-platformer featuring breakneck action and instant-death combat. Slash, dash, and manipulate time to unravel your past in a beautifully brutal acrobatic display. Each level is uniquely designed for countless methods of completion. Defeat foes creatively, using spontaneous approaches to eliminate your enemy as you see fit.

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (Xbox & PC) - October 15

The fate of two friends will collide in an epic journey that threatens the existence of the world in Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition! A power struggle begins with a civilization dependent on an ancient technology, the Blastia, and the Empire that controls it. Relive the most beloved "Tales of" title beautifully remastered in HD with new playable characters, new stories, and more special attacks!

The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse (PC) - October 15

A compact action RPG that creates a unique adventure for each new hero of legend in the relentless fight against the evil Mormo. Explore a delightful but dangerous overworld, brave menacing dungeons, and improve your hero in a charming village, during your quest to overcome the evil that plagues the island. Grab a co-op friend for an unforgettable adventure filled with delightful characters, extraordinary loot, and heroic battles!

ScourgeBringer (Xbox) - October 21

From the developers of NeuroVoider, ScourgeBringer is a fast-paced free-moving roguelite platformer, much like a crossbreed between Dead Cells and Celeste. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious entity wreaked havoc on all humanity, ScourgeBringer puts you in the shoes of the deadliest warrior of her clan: Kyhra. Help her explore the unknown and slash her way through ancient machines guarding the seal of her past, and maybe the redemption of humanity.

Cricket 19 (Xbox) - October 22

The official game of the 2019 Ashes Championship is the complete cricket simulation. Featuring a suite of exciting all-new features that add even greater depth and rich new content to Big Ant Studios' acclaimed cricket engine. Tackle historical scenarios for classic matches through the ages, develop the career of a junior right through to national captaincy. Participate in the fully-licensed Ashes Cricket mode, or lead your nation to the greatest world championship in the classic 50-over one day mode.

Supraland (Xbox) - October 22

Save the red-stick figure village in this hit first-person, open-world, action-puzzle platformer. Roam and explore a grand interconnected world, unlock new versatile abilities, and combine them to overcome imaginative puzzles or uncover shrouded secrets. Defeat charging hordes in fast, frenetic first-person combat as you battle your way for an audience with the Blue King. Supraland is the ultimate "sandbox" adventure game and offers players of all ages a unique take on puzzles, exploration, and adventure!

Leaving soon

You can check out all the titles leaving soon from Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming below:

Leaving October 15

  • Felix the Reaper (Xbox & PC)
  • Metro 2033 Redux (Xbox & PC)
  • Minit (Xbox & PC)
  • Saints Row IV Re-Elected (PC)
  • State of Mind (PC)

Leaving October 30

  • After Party (Xbox)
  • LEGO Star Wars III (Xbox)
  • Rise & Shine (Xbox)
  • Tacoma (Xbox & PC)
  • The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game (Xbox & PC)
  • The Red Strings Club (PC)

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