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ALL Microsoft Studios games will launch (and stay) on Xbox Game Pass moving forward [Update]

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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. 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.

Today, we announced that all new games published by Microsoft Studios will be released into Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release. This means that when "Sea of Thieves" launches on March 20, it will be included in Xbox Game Pass to all members.This plan to bring new games timed with their global release into Xbox Game Pass not only includes announced titles like "Sea of Thieves," "State of Decay 2," and "Crackdown 3" but future unannounced games from Microsoft Studios including new iterations of our biggest Xbox One exclusive franchises such as Halo, Forza and Gears of War, on the same day 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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57 Comments
  • That's awesome!! So good
  • This is a huge boost to the service for me. With the confirmation that 1st party games will always be in there if they can release 3+ games a year that I would have paid £40-£50 for anyway I can probably justify the sub
  • Amazing. So good, I'm enjoying game pass already but this means Forza, gears and dare I say it.... Fable!
  • Wow, i wasn't expecting that.
  • This really makes Game Pass very attractive now.
  • Well now there is no reason to buy it unless you want to keep it
  • I'm assuming they won't mind that. They'd rather you spend $120/year and be gauranteed some games, then chance you buying 2 games at $60. Now you can download it for "free" and be subjected to DLC/MTx.
  • The only reason to buy it would be for the cross buy with PC.
  • True
  • Or own it.
  • Phil Spencer has gone on record to say he is interested in making game pass cross platform with PC. Games that are Play Anywhere would work on PC if you are a subscriber.
  • OMG OMG OMG
  • Holy Schneikies!!
  • I wanna own my games, but for achievement hunters this is good. Blast through a game within a month and carry on.
  • Pro tip, you still won't own your games.
  • Pro tip, you can still buy the game but with a 20% discount for being a subscriber. You could also just play it right away with a subscription then just buy the game when they drop to $20 or less which 98% of games eventually do.
  • 98% lol I love how people bring out this random numbers (which to me are probalby fake) just to sound more believable...
  • 'Own my games' does that actually mean physical disk purchase? That's your choice of course and that is the beauty about this,, freedom of choices for their customers. You will still be able to buy the disk of the game, buy them digitally or pay a nominal subscription and have access. It may ring in the first round of digital all the way perhaps but I don't see that happening before the next gen consoles release, if it does at all.
  • Once telemetry tells them that a small enough number of customers are using physical media they'll probably drop it - Key word being WHEN so it could be 10 years who knows
  • That is really good! Might join up to it.
  • HAPPYY ^^
  • On second thought, how many decent games are coming this year from Microsoft? Realistically about 4?
  • Decent? No idea that's subjective.  But there should be the 3 mentioned + the yearly forza I guess...
  • This is really awesome, the first party games are usually games that I buy anyway so this will make Game Pass a huge deal in every sense.
  • I think this is great. This is something I was hoping EA would implement with their EA/ORIGIN ACCESS. It would be nice to at least get Indies from them on day 1. Maybe Microsoft doing so will light a fire under their a$$. But the one benefit they have going, is once in the vault...always in the vault. 
  • Well, EA would need to charge a LOT more than what MS is charging people. EA is making A LOT more games than MS. If you're talking only of indie, why not. EA hardly realease indie games.
  • "We’ve only scratched the surface"
    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"...
  • "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."
    I agree with this statement. I don't own an Xbox anymore and the only game I care about from Microsoft is Gears. So, paying $120 for a game I will at most pay $30(Holiday Sale price) for is moot to me. So, I hope they don't only go that route. 
    "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"
    I disagree with this one. I'd argue devs would be more likely to make games they "actually" care about rather than something they need to thin about milking you for.
  • @Jose_Rey as long gamers have a choice between owning the media or renting it. Some people will pay for the convenience of renting digital content through subscription as opposed to buying phyiscal media and storing them. After all while storage does become cost prohibitive as the library of blu ray disks and game boxes grow, secondly the reduction of value of said physical media as many people don't part exchange them. Which is why services like Netflix took off in a big way. Personally since I hardly game these days, I don't have any subscription services, I'll buy a game for £1 and play the game for awhile and that's it. Or buy games on steam during the 70 to 90% off sales. As there is no way I am spending £50 on a digital game where the license key or server can get pulled down at later date when the service goes out of business.
  • We're on the same boat. I just wait on those Steam Sales. Summer and Winter only for me. Bought BulletStorm and can no longer play that cause of some Windows Live stuff. I had already played it, so that was $5 bucks of enjoyment already. If I had paid full price I would be kicking myself. Hence, why I wait.  I have some games on my Wish List. I'll usually buy them a year after they've been out. All the bugs are hopefully already taken care of and you'll get all the DLC in a bundle. I have my eyes on Sniper Elite 4 and Just Cause 3 for the summer. 
  • @Jose_rey, there are workarounds for the Windows Live issues :). I too usually wait for Game of the year editions and steam sales. Mostly because I hardly have the time these days lol.
  • "Which is why services like Netflix took off in a big way."
    Works for netflix but it's a different media. Honestly how many games can someone finish per year vs how many movies/series someone can watch in a year?
    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...
     
  • @Guest_atof. There are people who can polish off a game in a few hours of continous play. I know a fair amount of people who buy a game at launch and finish it within a day or few and then trade it in for another game.
  • Right. So how is this different? We are talking about more or less 3-4 games per year. And in the small possibilty that the gamer is interested in ALL 4 games how is paying $120 per year something great when you'll still need to pay more for all other new games?
  • @Jose_Rey
    "I disagree with this one. I'd argue devs would be more likely to make games they "actually" care about rather than something they need to thin about milking you for."
    Unfortunately devs have usually very little say on what games they want to make. And even more so MS. 343 will make Halo, Coalition will make Gears and Turn10 Forza. That's what they are told to do.
    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.
  • Yeah because Netflix originals are all albout quantity instead of quality *Note*the*sarcasm* Why would it be any would games be any different then movies and series?
  • And why would it be the same?? Movies and series are not the same as gaming because we spend a lot more time on video games. Meaning you'll be able to watch a LOT more of them than finishing a games. And let's not talk about Netflix because these are not the same companies, market and industry... I'm talking about game pass and how it is marketed RIGHT NOW. They are talking about quality.
  • I think you have a point, and really some certain games should be going UP in price, this is moving towards less money being made by the publishers. But it may improve sales of DLC, Season Pass etc
  • I am loving what the xbox division is doing, the rest of Microsoft should take notes from the xbox division when it comes to dealing with consumers notably Skype. Edit: Awesome!
    Figured they were permanently added to the catalogue. Great to have confirmation as opposed to being speculative.
  • Yep. I love being an Xbox customer.
  • Skype for business is really good.
    Skype for everything else is fragmented.
  • Skype for business is not that great, the Wp8.x app for example was barely touched let alone updated with fixes. So much for focusing on enterprise customers lol...
  • Only sign up to the game pass when it was putting on sale for the month, Doubt I will keep paying as the first game I have found that I enjoy (Metal gear solid 5) is going to be discontinued at the end of the month. So think I would get better value for money just purchasing the few games I might play. I don't always have the time to churn through a game in one month.
  • The key point here is that, you have an option you can choose to subscribe or not to xbox game pass. As physical media for games will still exist (for awhile yet) just like the option to buy digital games seperately.
  • @camptime Yeah I'm with you. I will buy the few games I want to play. I don't want a company to decide what games I can and cannot rent...
  • There is no way anyone can spin this as bad news. It's unbelieveable news. The 3 games mentioned so far are the games coming out before E3. Games like Ori 2, The Last Light, Fable 4, Halo 6, Gears 5, Forza Horizon 4, To name a few will all most likely be at E3 with other games we have not hears about at all. Moving forward with MS only announcing games at E3 that are to arrive within 12 months of that E3. This is literally going to save me £300 a year on gaming at least. As I buy and love most of Xbox Exclusives. MS have been very consumer friendly over the last few years on Xbox. Backward Compatibility, massive amount of User apps and now this amazing deal. Best bit? Game share works with Game pass. Me and my friend o the Xbox share thing. We only have to pay once for Game Pass and we both have access to all its games. Incredible.
  • "The Last Light, Fable 4, Halo 6, Gears 5, Forza Horizon 4, To name a few will all most likely be at E3" Wait. What's last light? Gears 5? Are you making up stuff? Are you just trying to hype unannounced stuff to make people excited about MS/XB?  Next you're comparing buying and owning unannounced/fictional games at full price and compare it to a renting service? If you rent games and you like MS games then yes nice for you. But I find it hilarious how hypocrite MS fanboys will suddenly see the importance of exclusives once again after downplaying them for so long... lol "MS have been very consumer friendly over the last few years on Xbox." Riiight. So not making a lot of new games. Focussing mostly on ways to play old games, on games as a service microtransactions/loot boxes, on UI updates, new overpriced controller designs... and not on new games for their customers is ver consumer friendly... lol Personally it's not great. Competition is investing money to bring a whole lot of new diverse lineup for their customers. Not MS... You sharing accountswith "your friend". Is that legal?
  • Everyone knows Gears etc is coming. Fable 4 is all but leaked. And everyone who has an Xbox uses game share with a friend. No MS fan I know downplays the exclusives. We all choose Xbox because we prefer the exclusives. I'm not interested in Sonys Japanese centric exclusives.  i will gladly  rather pay £100/year instead of the £200+ I spend on Xbox Exclusives. Who cares if I own them. I cant take them with me when I die. 
  • The "everyone knows" excuse... Nothing official about all these games. Just rumours. And you still didn't say what is "The Last light"??  "I'm not interested in Sonys Japanese centric exclusives."  Japanese centric exclusives?? LOL Just because the PS4 has a bunch of Japanese exclusives it doesn't meant that all/most of the exclusives are "Japanese centric. When you're saying this you are being dishonest in your attempt to sell MS product/service. You should know that even if we remove Japanese games the PS4 has way more exclusives than the XB1.   
  • you seem to have some sort of issue or agenda. In this very thread you've attacked anyone who says anything good about this amazing deal. For reasons only you yourself will know. on the subject of me claiming Halo 6, Gears 5 and Forza are in development. I'll point out in this very thread you yourself have ridiculed MS for only working on these games. And that that is all they work on and allow their teams to work on. But yet now your attempting in the very same thread to mock an Xbox fan on a Xbox centric website that they aren't announced and I'm making it up??!! I meant to say The Last Night. As that's published by Microsoft Game Studios. Abd should get a release date at E3 along with Ori 2.  As far as Sonys games outside Japanese focused games their is not alot there that I would give up an Xbox for. IMO there is no racing franchise on Sonys machine that can replace Forza 7 or in arcade for Horizon. Best 2 racers ever made. IMO.  Halo is simply one of the best shooters I've ever played. The story is amazing. As a Scifi nut Sony hasn't got anything close. IMO. Gears is the same. Their is no cover based 3rd person shooter on Sonys machine that matches it. Both in gameplay style and Hollywood story. IMO. Killer Instinct is the best fighter I've played this gen. It has more content and a unique style not found on Paystation.  Halo Wars 2 is an awesome RTS game that Sony doesn't have anything remotely similar. Ori is the best platformer I've played in over 10 years. Well actually since Donkey Kong Country. Sunset Overdrive was one of the best games I've ever played from Insomniac.  PUBG although in Game Preview is addictive as hell. Nothing like it on Playstation. Sure Fortnite is their. But that's like saying all fruit is the same. PUBG destroys it.  I'm just not that interested Uncharted. Played the first 2 completed half of 3. The Last Of us I never bothered to finish. And I hate the direction of the new God Of War. God Of war was my favourite Sony exclusive. I love Hack N Slash games. But this new over the shoulder gameplay isnt what I want from that series. It's like making Halo a 3rd person shooter. Ughh.  but back to my original point. None of this matters because its opinions. This article should be devoid of opinions. Because its obviously only going to appeal to people who like Xbox exclusives. And that isn't going to change your opinion about Sony exclusives no mater what I say. I'm not attempting to do that. I'm showing you your opinions on exclusives aren't absolute. Just enjoy what you have, instead of visiting internet sites and for some unknown reason spouting nonsense to people who generally don't care about you trying to change our opinion on gaming. 
  • "In this very thread you've attacked anyone who says anything good about this amazing deal."
    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. 
  • "Unfortunately devs have usually very little say on what games they want to make. And even more so MS. 343 will make Halo, Coalition will make Gears and Turn10 Forza. That's what they are told to do." Your own words in this very thread. You yourself acknowledge thats whats being made right now. LOL And why did I talk about Sonys exclusives to you? Because you before anyone else swan into a thread using your 'opinion' on MS exclusives as an 'attack' on Game Pass. Im showing you plenty of people hold no value in Sonys Exclusives whatsoever.  Sales mean absolutely nothing to someones enjoyment of a game or console. Sure to some people like maybe yourself the enjoyment of videogames might be the sales data that Consoles and games have. But for the vast majority of gamers we dont choose a game or system because of how may sales a said game or system makes.  Sure noone is going to turn down more games made by any company as long they are enjoyable. Your simply trying to downplay the awesome news for reasons unknown. Trying to deny your saying things when we can all read your exactly what you have written, then attempt to backtrack those comments. I spend on average £300 a year on Exclusive content. Changing that to £100 a year for the rest of my gaming days is saving me a ton of money.  I dont need to sell MS ecosystem. The value sells itself. IT seems more likely that your angry Sony wont do the same thing. Or simply cant right now. As their service is streaming only. And do not have a solution available right now to Download the games to play on your own hardware. Its a fantastic move from MS. Every single media outlet and its reviewers are saying the exact same thing. ITs great for consumers and an incredible deal.  Stop trying to clutch those straws and fling mud at every great consumer friendly thing Xbox has been doing over the last 3 years. I feel very valued as an Xbox customer. Would I like some new IPS? sure. Would I like more exclusives? Sure. Sea Of Thieves is brilliant. I love it. One of the best new IPS Ive played since Sunset Overdrive. The Beta is fantastic. And people are having enormous amounts of fun. We have no idea your right of what MS are working on. But as you have previously stated yourself we know damn well Halo 6, Gears 5 and Forza are being made. Their is also a credible source saying Playground Games title is Fable 4. Playground are a fantastic developer. One of the best this generation. If a developer like Guirella Games who has had some dud Killzone Games can make a decent RPG, theres every belief that Playground Games with a great track record can make a decent RPG.  For the first time in videogame histroy that I can remember we actually have no idea what a company has coming out past the current E3. This new method of announcing games 12 months before release is great. Watching E3 will be far more enticing as well.  
  • "You yourself acknowledge thats whats being made right now. LOL"
    LOL When did I say it? I say they only work on the same franchise. I was talking of creative freedom. Meaning Naughty dog doesn't only make Uncharted, Sucker Punch don't always make inFamous, Guerrilla games don't just make Killzone. You may try to spin it in different ways the fact is that these are UNANNOUNCED games. When you say you're saving £300 a year you're implying that all these games will come in the coming year. And that's highlighy unlikely since they are not even announced. Forza might because MS just release one every year, but others are highly unlikely.
    "Because you before anyone else swan into a thread using your 'opinion' on MS exclusives as an 'attack' on Game Pass."
    Really? Can you quote me? Where did I talk of the quality of the exclusives? Can you say where or are you lying as usual??
    "Sales mean absolutely nothing to someones enjoyment of a game"
    You really seem to struggle understanding simple points. When you talk about sales, I was talking of the overall popularity of a console. I'm saying that even if you don't like PS4 and it's games, there are a LOT who does. I'm not saying that if a console sales badly you should not enjoy that console. If that's what you got from my comment then you really need English lessons. LOL
    "I spend on average £300 a year on Exclusive content. Changing that to £100 a year for the rest of my gaming days is saving me a ton of money."
    Really? So let's see. Forza 7(£40), Super Lucky tales(£20), Halo wars 2 (£40). I'm struggling to see how this makes up £300. And before you come up with "Hey I'm buying the super deluxe edition bs version". Well those are probably not going to be rented out via game pass. So if you're just coming with a random £300? You said on average, meaning since 2013-2017, you would have spent £1200 only on buying first-party published XB1 console exclusives produced by MS. Seeing how many such games exists. That's probably another bs lie that you've come up with. LOL
    "IT seems more likely that your angry Sony wont do the same thing." 
    LOL Have you been reading my post? I've trashed PS Now too. I don't want ANY subscription service. I want to buy and own my games. I actually have a good games collection that has value. I don't rent games.
    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.
    "Its a fantastic move from MS. ITs great for consumers and an incredible deal."
    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...
    "Stop trying to clutch those straws and fling mud at every great consumer friendly thing Xbox has been doing over the last 3 years."
    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...
    "we know damn well Halo 6, Gears 5 and Forza are being made. Their is also a credible source saying Playground Games title is Fable 4."
    "This new method of announcing games 12 months before release is great. Watching E3 will be far more enticing as well."
    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. 
  • I'm not going to continue about why and what you comment. It's there for everyone to see.  Games I've bought published by Microsoft Game Studios since I bought an Xbox One on launch day. At full retail release. Dead Rising 3,4, Max The Curse Of Brotherhood, Ryse, Forza Horizon 2,3, Minecraft, Powerstar Golf, Halo MCC, Sunset Overdrive, D4, Forza 5,6,7, Gears Ultimate Edition, Gears 4, Killer Instinct all seasons, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Halo 5, Rare Replay, State Of Decay year one edition, Ori and the Blind Forest, Recore, Super Luckys Tale, PubG, Halo Wars 2, Quantum Break and Zoo Tycoon. As confirmed by MS all Microsoft Studios published games from the date od Sea Of Thieves will be available day and date at release.  That is incredible value.     
  • And yet again you are LYING as you try to sell this service. That's exactly what I'm talking about. That's why company "fans" or company lovers like you are so toxic to the gaming community. Just like how you lied about The Last Night.
    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. 
  • Sorry. Nope your wrong. Official statement direct from Xbox official website. "Today, we announced that all new games published by Microsoft Studios will be released into Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release. This means that when "Sea of Thieves" launches on March 20, it will be included in Xbox Game Pass to all members." All new Games 'published' by Microsoft Game Studios. Not developed by. 
  • Can you post a link to that "official website"?? This is from MS's official news site:
    "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...