Grand Theft Auto V returns, MLB The Show 21, NHL 21, and more join Xbox Game Pass in April

Xbox Game Pass April 2021
Xbox Game Pass April 2021 (Image credit: Xbox)

What you need to know

  • Xbox Game Pass is a popular Netflix-like subscription service for video games on Xbox, PC, and mobile devices.
  • Microsoft has just revealed the list of games coming and going from Xbox Game Pass in April, 2021.
  • The highlight of the collection is definitely the return of Grand Theft Auto V to Xbox Game Pass.
  • Other additions include MLB The Show 21 and NHL 21, making this a great month for sports fans on Xbox Game Pass.

Xbox Game Pass waited a few days into April to show us what's next. Today, Xbox Game Pass revealed the games heading to the service this month, and while it may not be as stacked as the last few months have been, there's still plenty to get excited about. Most notably, Grand Theft Auto V is making a return to Xbox Game Pass in April, and sports fans are getting two great additions with MLB The Show 21 and NHL 21 making their way to Xbox Game Pass.

On a side note, Xbox is making a note that there are now more than 50 fantastic games available through Xbox Cloud Gaming (Project xCloud) with full touch control support. What started with the excellent Minecraft Dungeons has expanded to a wide range of available titles.

The last few months have been exceedingly busy for Xbox Game Pass, but even when it's slowing down, Xbox Game Pass is still miles ahead of the competition. Outriders and MLB The Show 21 launching into Xbox Game Pass shows the service is killing it. Add new games day and date as they launch isn't all Xbox Game Pass excels at either, since the service just announced it's bringing 16 backward compatible games to Xbox Cloud Gaming through Xbox Game Pass.

The games on this list are heading everywhere Xbox Game Pass is available, including to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. If you're not excited by anything coming this month, be sure to check out our list of best games on Xbox Game Pass for some great ideas. It might also be a good idea to pick up one of the best external SSDs for Xbox Series X|S to store the vast number of games Xbox Game Pass is bringing. Finally, be sure to bookmark our comprehensive guide on everything coming and going from Xbox Game Pass so you never miss a thing.

Coming soon

You can check out all the titles coming soon to Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud gaming below:

Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — April 8

When a young street hustler, a retired bank robber and a terrifying psychopath find themselves entangled with some of the most frightening and deranged elements of the criminal underworld, the U.S. government and the entertainment industry, they must pull off a series of dangerous heists to survive in a ruthless city in which they can trust nobody, least of all each other.

Zombie Army 4: Dead War (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — April 8

Hitler's zombie hordes are back for more in this spine-chilling shooter from the makers of Sniper Elite 4! Abominable occult enemies, epic weapons and a harrowing campaign for 1-4 players await in 1940s Europe, as you fight to save humankind from undead Armageddon!

Disneyland Adventures (Xbox Cloud Gaming) — April 8

Experience the magic of Disneyland! Take a journey where stories come to life and dreams come true, right in your living room! Explore Disneyland park, from Main Street U.S.A. to Critter Country, where you can join Peter Pan to battle Captain Hook, high-five Mickey Mouse, and hug Snow White.

Rush: A Disney / Pixar Adventure (Xbox Cloud Gaming) — April 8

Rush: A Disney / Pixar Adventure invites families and fans of all ages to experience the worlds of six beloved Disney/Pixar films. Team up with characters from "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "Up," "Cars," "Toy Story," and "Finding Dory" to solve puzzles and uncover hidden secrets.

NHL 21 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & EA Play) — April 12

Carve your path to superstardom in an expanded Be A Pro mode and go down as one of the league's greatest. On the ice, change up your attack with all new moves, dekes, dangles, and evasive maneuvers, inspired by the league's most groundbreaking innovators.

Rain on Your Parade (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — April 15

Travel the world as a cute cardboard cloud and ruin everybody's day! Unlock new methods of mischief in over 50 levels, each with unique setting and objectives. Make new friends and help them too – it's an adorable schadenfreude game!

Pathway (PC) — April 15

Assemble a bold team of adventurers and journey through the desert-wilderness. In 1936, Nazi influence has spread, along with rumors of secret excavations, mysterious artefacts, and gruesome occult rituals… Outwit foes in strategic squad combat and locate ancient treasures before they fall into the wrong hands!

MLB The Show 21 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — April 20

MLB The Show 21 is coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one on Cloud (Beta), Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. Experience faster, deeper, and more intense moment-to-moment action on the field in 4K 60FPS on Xbox Series X|S consoles. Lead your ballplayer to Road to the Show and Diamond Dynasty glory as a two-way star and face your friends on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 with cross-platform play.

Leaving soon

You can check out all the titles leaving soon from Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming below:

April 15

  • Deliver Us the Moon (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
  • Gato Roboto (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
  • Wargroove (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)

April 16

  • Madden 15 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & EA Play)
  • Madden 16 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & EA Play)
  • Madden 17 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & EA Play)
  • Madden 18 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & EA Play)
  • Madden 25 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & EA Play)
  • NHL 18 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & EA Play)
  • NHL 19 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & EA Play)
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