What you need to know
- Xbox Game Pass is a monthly subscription service which gives you access to over 200 games.
- Even more games were announced for Xbox Game Pass on consoles and PC today.
- Ashes Cricket and Space Hulk: Tactics highlight the immediate lineup.
- You can purchase Xbox Game Pass Ultimate through Amazon.
A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced that several ID@Xbox games were coming to Xbox Game Pass soon. However, we didn't know which "AAA" experiences would be joining the service in August. Luckily, that changed today. Xbox Live's Director of Programming Larry Hryb just announced that Ashes Cricket, Space Hulk: Tactics, and more games are being added to Xbox Game Pass in the coming days.
You can read about the upcoming games below. Out of all of these, Ashes Cricket, Pandemic, and Space Hulk: Tactics seem to be the immediate highlights. It's an interesting mix of blockbusters and smaller titles, but there are still are few surprises we'll talk about later. Below, you can read a little about each game and see when it's hitting Xbox Game Pass.
Ashes Cricket should join Xbox Game Pass on August 1. This game will only be available on Xbox One.
Pandemic should join Xbox Game Pass on August 1. This game will only be available on Xbox One.
Downwell should join Xbox Game Pass on August 1. This game will only be available on PC.
The Jackbox Party Pack 2
The Jackbox Party Pack 2 should join Xbox Game Pass on August 8. This game will only be available on Xbox One.
Space Hulk: Tactics
Space Hulk: Tactics should join Xbox Game Pass on August 8. This game will only be available on PC.
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine should launch on August 8. The game will only be available on PC.
Slay the Spire
Slay the Spire should join Xbox Game Pass on August 14. This game will be available on both platforms.
Now we have to talk about a surprise release and one of the best games ever made. According to a press release we received from Microsoft, The Bard's Tale Trilogy is coming to Xbox One and PC through Xbox Game Pass in August. Beforehand, we only knew about The Bard's Tale IV: Director's Cut and Blair Witch.
The Bard's Tale Trilogy
The Bard's Tale Trilogy should join Xbox Game Pass on August 13. This game will be available on both platforms.
The Bard's Tale IV: Director's Cut
The Bard's Tale IV: Director's Cut should join Xbox Game Pass on August 27. This game will be available on both platforms.
Blair Witch should join Xbox Game Pass on August 30. The game will be available on Xbox One, but it's unclear if the same applies to PC. At E3 2019, Microsoft announced that the game would be available through Xbox Game Pass, but the Microsoft Store currently doesn't say that. Hopefully, this error will be corrected before launch because it's causing quite a lot of confusion.
There are so many amazing games coming to Xbox Game Pass in the coming weeks. Which ones are you most interested in? Let us know. We're definitely excited to play The Bard's Tale Trilogy on consoles because it's been available on PC for quite some time now. It's a cult classic franchise that every gamer should try. In many ways, The Bard's Tale franchise has shaped modern role-playing games.
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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.