CrossCode on Xbox Game Pass has more players than other consoles combined

CrossCode
CrossCode (Image credit: Deck13 Interactive)

What you need to know

  • CrossCode is an action game from Radical Fish Games.
  • It recently joined Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One.
  • According to the developer, the recent player count on Xbox Game Pass is more than other consoles combined.
  • Xbox Game Pass allows subscribers to try out a variety of experiences without any risk.

Recently, a game called CrossCode launched on Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One. The game is a retro-inspired 2D action role-playing game set in the distant future. CrossCode combines 16-bit Super Nintendo Entertainment System-style graphics with buttery-smooth physics, a fast-paced combat system, and engaging puzzle mechanics, served with a gripping story.

Yesterday, the popular Duel Screens YouTube channel interviewed CrossCode developer Felix Klein about the game and asked him a number of questions about Xbox Game Pass. Klein revealed that while Xbox Game Pass on PC wasn't really a boon for them because not many players use the Microsoft Store on PC to discover games, it's been really popular on Xbox One. It's been so popular in fact that the current player count on Xbox Game Pass is more than Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 combined. You can take a look at the quote below. The section of the interview where he discussed this is around the 43-minute mark.

You get a sum ahead of time which is guaranteed... not a lot of people playing the game on Xbox Game Pass on PC... but definitely a lot of people playing on Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One... Right at this moment, there are more people playing on Xbox Game Pass than Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 combined.

Klein was surprised by this, but given the fact that Xbox Game Pass has more than 10 million subscribers now, that's a lot of players who maybe have heard about the critically-acclaimed action game, but didn't want to purchase it due to financial restrictions or other reasons.

Xbox Game Pass allows you to experience new titles and genres — even new gameplay types or visuals — without any risk. You're already getting permanent access to Xbox Game Studios exclusives, so having these extra games as part of the service can be seen as an added value proposition.

Have you tried out CrossCode on Xbox One? What did you think of the game? Let us know.

Huge shoutout to Scissorman82 on Reddit for the tip.

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5 Comments
  • All hail game pass
  • What's interesting is that he said they get a sum of money ahead of time and it doesn't depend on the number of downloads.
    That's interesting and it gives an idea as to how they can get these small games on their platform.
  • It is, but i think it does depend on the contract. I thought i remembered hearing it depends on the downloads. I wished they were more transparent with GP and the payouts for devs.
  • I don't think they are allowed to be discussing the terms, I was surprised to see even that little info going to press.
  • Game Pass works, it's that simple. BTW, I tried the game on PC, it's pretty cool. I got swamped and didn't start playing it seriously, but it's worth it.
    That's one of the few downsides of GP as a user, too many good games to play. But for devs, definitely all positives