Oxenfree sells over 1 million copies (update)

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Updated October 9, 2019: The developer was mistaken and later clarified that the 3 million total included Xbox Game Pass, and other free promotions across the Epic Games Store and iOS.

What you need to know

  • Oxenfree is a supernatural thriller available on Xbox Game Pass.
  • Recently, one of the developers discussed the game's sales.
  • The title has sold over 1 million units, but has been installed over 3 million times through Xbox Game Pass.
  • You can purchase a subscription through Amazon (opens in new tab).

Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft's gaming subscription service that gives you access to over 200 games for $10 a month. There are a number of stellar titles in there like Just Cause 4 and Monster Hunter: World. However, smaller experiences like Oxenfree are part of the package as well. We're always curious to see how these titles perform on the service, and if they're getting the attention they deserve.

Recently, Oxenfree developer Sean Krankel shared some statistics on Twitter about the game. While it's sold over 1 million copies, it's been installed over 3 million times through Xbox Game Pass. This goes to show you that the subscription service is perfect for these smaller experiences that gamers may be reluctant to purchase. Many developers have even called it "one of the best things to happen for the game industry."


A few months ago, Xbox's Phil Spencer also confirmed that Xbox Game Pass had millions of subscribers. It's great to receive confirmation from a third-party developer of the same. Hopefully, this success will continue because it makes gaming affordable for people like me. I have 55 games installed on my Xbox One X, and 30 of them are through Xbox Game Pass.

Oxenfree is a supernatural thriller about a group of friends who unwittingly open a ghostly rift. You play as Alex, a bright, rebellious teenager who brings her new stepbrother Jonas to an overnight party on an old military island. The night takes a terrifying turn when you unwittingly open a ghostly gate spawned from the island's cryptic past.

If you haven't checked out the game, you should do so through Xbox Game Pass. It's a lot of fun and surprisingly deep. Additionally, if you like playing multiplayer games, consider buying Xbox Game Pass Ultimate which bundles Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One and PC with Xbox Live Gold for $15 a month.

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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.

  • Oxenfree is a great game, one that I'm quite happy to have doubled-dipped on (Xbox + physical Switch release). So happy they're doing well on GamePass. GamePass has more than paid for itself in my house with Forza Horizon 4 and now Gears 5, let alone all of the other great stuff on it. Doesn't surprise me at all that the subscriber base is well into the millions.
  • 1 million is nothing to sneeze at, it's a really great game and worthy of its success.
  • Sounds like another great game I will end up playing just because of Game Pass. I love the fact that I can now hear people talk about these hidden gems and also try them for free. I learned about Hallow Knight because of the Xbox Two podcast, and that was one of the best games I have played in years. I would have NEVER tried it if not for GP.