Aliens: Fireteam Elite heads to Xbox Game Pass for consoles and PC on Dec. 14

Aliens Fireteam Hive
Aliens Fireteam Hive (Image credit: 20th Century Games)

What you need to know

  • Aliens: Fireteam Elite is an online co-op shooter that pits players against brutal hives from the Aliens franchise.
  • The game is well-received from fans, but didn't reach a massive number of players.
  • On Tuesday, it was confirmed that Aliens: Fireteam Elite is heading to Xbox Game Pass for consoles and PC.
  • Players will be able to experience the title's visceral team-based gameplay through Xbox Game Pass starting on Dec. 14, 2021.

If any game released during 2021 can be considered an "underdog," it's Aliens: Fireteam Elite. This title is considered to be a generally excellent online co-op shooter, and is specially tailored for fans of the expansive Aliens franchise. However, despite being received well by reviewers and the gaming community, Aliens: Fireteam Elite has been overshadowed by larger releases in 2021. On Tuesday, it was confirmed that Aliens: Fireteam Elite is heading to Xbox Game Pass, a move that opens the game up to a pool of millions of potential players around the world.

Aliens: Fireteam Elite is arriving on Xbox Game Pass for both consoles and PC on Dec. 14, 2021, arriving just in time to catch people on their holiday breaks. On the same day, a new free content update will drop for Aliens: Fireteam Elite that adds new weapons, cosmetic items, challenge cards, and a way to view your lifetime stats.

If you're not familiar with Aliens: Fireteam Elite, it's a brutal co-op shooter that pits teams of players against hordes of vicious Aliens, set in locations taken straight from the iconic franchise. Our Aliens: Fireteam Elite review highlighted the game's impressive character customization, attention to detail, beautiful soundtrack, and riveting moment-to-moment gameplay. For those who have yet to try what this online shooter has to offer, it could become one of the best Xbox Game Pass games when it drops.

New games come to Xbox Game Pass all the time, and December is looking to be a busy month with fresh arrivals like Halo Infinite, The Gunk, and (now) Aliens: Fireteam Elite.

Zachary Boddy
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