ALL Microsoft Studios games will launch (and stay) on Xbox Game Pass moving forward [Update]
Today, Microsoft announced that all first-party published games produced by Redmond will launch straight into Xbox Game Pass.
Update, January 23, 2018: We asked Microsoft if this meant that upcoming Microsoft Studios would be permanently included as part of Xbox Game Pass, to which they replied that all games would continue to cycle in and out of the pool of available titles. While that didn't answer my question directly, it sounds as though Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, etc, might only be available in Game Pass for a limited time, before they become available to purchase permanently at a discount. We've asked for further clarification, but Microsoft said that was all they had to share at this time.
Update, January 25, 2018: Xbox's Aaron Greenberg and Major Nelson have now confirmed that Microsoft Studios titles will be permanently available as part of Xbox Game Pass, making them effectively like Netflix Original shows. Pretty awesome.
Original article below.
Xbox Game Pass is a Netflix-like monthly subscription service that provides download access to over 100 titles at just $9.99 per month. (opens in new tab) And with today's announcement, all upcoming exclusives like Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, Crackdown 3, and all future unannounced Xbox exclusives will hit Xbox Game Pass as soon as they launch.
The inclusion of all upcoming Microsoft Studios exclusives shows that Redmond has a huge amount of faith in the service, which provides some truly tremendous value. The titles available as part of Xbox Game Pass cycle in and out, but it sounds as though all Microsoft Studios titles will remain permanent fixtures in the lineup, similarly to Netflix's original content.
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This is the part that really worries me. All this is fine as long as the possibility to buy and own physical and digital games still exist. For me, the future of gaming shouldn't be renting games. With this service, the focus would be amount of content and number of games rather than quality of games. Look at Xbox game pass. It's about the "more than 100 games" not the fact that most are really old games... Not only that. This is renting service. It's killing the notion of owning a game.
Also I don't know if this is a way to reduce the pressure into making games. I mean look at valve as a video game maker these days.
Are MS looking to do the same? Make 2-3 sequels a year and just let 3rd party provide content for their renting service? I can imagine how companies will fill their libraries with a lot of bs games and the priority will no longer be about trying to make a "great" game for the players... Oh and that's not even talking of the possible future "Xbox pass exclusive content"...
With PS+/GWG we are already getting a lot of games. With all the non-MS new releases that we'll be playing does it really make a lot of sense to pay 120 bucks to rent the handful of MS games? Personally I don't think so but if people are fans of these games and don't mind renting games than this is for them...
Do you think devs want to add microtransactions or loot box and make gameplay frustrating? There will be very little quality control and the importance will probably be to put as much content quickly as possible.
Figured they were permanently added to the catalogue. Great to have confirmation as opposed to being speculative.
Skype for everything else is fragmented.
So replying to someone is attacking? LOL
I guess for people like you anything that questions or criticise MS is a personal attack... "I'll point out in this very thread you yourself have ridiculed MS for only working on these games."
And here is the old Richard back with his usual lies. I wasn't making fun of MS saying they ONLY made those games. I was talking about how MS gave directions to their studios and about creative freedom by their studios... Even if you're a Xbox fan on a Xbox centric website, it doesn't change the fact that you're talking of announced games. And you're probably doing it to make this feature sound better than it actually is.
That's what you guys do. You just sugarcoat things with lies hoping to fool some casual into buying into MS's ecosystem... "I meant to say The Last Night. As that's published by Microsoft Game Studios."
Wait, now you're trying to pass a third party game as a MS game? Aren't Raw Fury publishing the game?
So was this another one of your lie? LOL "As far as Sonys games outside Japanese focused games their is not alot there that I would give up an Xbox for."
And here comes the personal preference...
Like a true company "fan" you first talked about "Japanese centric exclusives" trying to downplay the competition's exclusive. Next you talk of your personal preference. Well, your preference remains your preference. MS already got you guys by the *****.
Like I said good for those who would have bought ALL these games day one and don't mind renting games... We look at sales figure and general popularity throughout the world PS4 is actually quite ahead. MS got to try to get some of the PS/Nintendo/PC gamers to be able to compete. IMO diversity in games is what will help them get new customers into their ecosystem. The games you mentioned didn't work on them it only work on people like you... "but back to my original point. None of this matters because its opinions."
Yes, they are. And no. I'm not trying to change your opinions.
My original post was about game pass and what it could mean to the future of gaming. I'm not going to simply dance in the streets singing praise to the all mighty MS for what they have done. I'm going to post my views even if it goes against popular opinion. It's nice to have a different point of view to everything. Maybe it(ll get some people thinking. And it did. People replied me. And their replies got me thinking too. That's how I go about it. I'm not closed-minded like some people who will change their opinions depending on what a certain company does... And I've replied you simply because you were here trying to sugarcoat things with unannounced games. Making ridiculous comparison of the price of renting vs the price of owning. Downplaying competition...
I guess you were doing because you're trying to sell MS's ecosystem. If a casual reads your bs, believes it and gets fooled by you then that's where I got a problem. For me, gamers should get the proper information. All information. Not lies and bs. I guess for you it's MS above gamers. For me, it's gamers before any companies.
I don't have a lot of time gaming so I'll play games I want to play not what a company puts into a service. All subjective. But you know, I've said it's nice for those who would have bought these few games and don't mind renting games. That's positive...
But you know what? Like I said I'm not going to dance in the streets singing praise to the all mighty MS for what they have done.
I'll be cautious because it's quite clear what MS's intentions are. And I don't think it'll be that much of a "great" deal if we look at the future and think more long term... But again. Like yours these are just opinions... Are you hurt that someone has different opinions? Are you hurt that I don't join the bandwagon and sing/dance praise for MS?
I'm here asking questions, questioning or criticising policies that are or could be anti-gaming. I'm going in with a MUCH more open mind that you. Because for people like you MS can do nothing wrong. You are actually making bs up and lying (Not a word on The Last Night as expected LOL) just to try to overhype MS's policies. Me, I have said it's good for some consumers... But just because I ask questions and am cautious you want to call that "clutch those straws and fling mud"?? Criticism to a company may sound like personal attacks and insults to their "fans" but they are not... You're contradicting yourself. So if we know these are coming why is E3 going to be any different?
If you want to talk about game announcement, MS has been lacking in the last 2-3 years. They launched a new console and this year of the non-Forza AAA games, they are depending on games that were announced in 2014 (crackdown 3) and 2015 (Sea of Thieves). They BETTER show us a whole bunch of new games. A whole bunch of new IPs.
It is "games from Microsoft Studios". Did you read the topic??
It CLEARLY says "oday, Microsoft announced that all first-party published games produced by Redmond will launch straight into Xbox Game Pass."
Why are you listing 3rd party games or games that are on all other platforms? You're probably doing this to mislead people as usual... smh You've lied so many times in the past and you continue doing it for a company... That's really sad.
"all first-party titles will be made available on its subscription service on the same date as their global release."
https://news.microsoft.com/en-gb/2018/01/24/sea-of-thieves-available-on-... On the official announcement they said "from Microsoft Studios". Here is what Spencer said:
"and now our goal is to ship all of our first party games the day they launch into Game Pass." You really got to stop trying to mislead people with bs...