What you need to know
- Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that offers access to a huge library of games on Xbox, PC, and mobile devices.
- Xbox has just revealed which games are going to be added to the service (and removed from it) in the first half of May.
- The big titles coming to the service are Red Dead Online, Final Fantasy X/X-2, and FIFA 21, while Psychonauts is a dark horse addition.
Who is surprised to see it's May already? Microsoft just revealed which games would be coming to the Xbox Game Pass roster in May 2021, and there are several heavy hitters being added this month. One of the biggest is Red Dead Online, though Final Fantasy X and X-2 are classics. The addition of Psychonauts is likely to introduce the game to new players before its long-in-development-hell sequel, Psychonauts 2, releases on Xbox sometime later this year.
Xbox is building on its recent Game Pass successes, including the additions of Outriders and MLB The Show 21 at launch. The additions for the latter half of April weren't quite as exciting, except for the reintroduction of Grand Theft Auto V. The list of offerings for Xbox Cloud Gaming continues to expand, while gamers on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One and PC are all getting access to this slate of games. In case that wasn't enough, Microsoft also revealed that Game Pass Ultimate subscribers would now have access to 4 months of Spotify Premium for free.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) - May 4
A block-building RPG set in a fantasy land threatened by an evil cult. Explore, battle, create, and harvest in the charming single-player campaign or build big projects in the online sandbox mode for up to 4-players. This version includes: Hotto Stuff Pack, Modernist Pack, Aquarium Pack, Designer's Sunglasses, Historic Headwear, Dragonlord's Throne, and more!
FIFA 21(Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) via EA Play – May 6
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC members can hit the pitch and get great rewards when FIFA 21 is added to The Play List with EA Play, including a fresh EA Play Volta Squad Boost and FUT Season XP Boost.
Outlast 2 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming) - May 6
Sequel to the acclaimed survival horror game Outlast, set within the same universe as the first game, but with different characters and a different setting, Outlast 2 is a twisted new journey into the depths of the human mind and its dark secrets.
Steep (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) - May 6
Ride a massive open world across the Alps, where the powder is always fresh, and the run never ends. Tame the wilderness on the American continent in Alaska, a new region filled with challenges. The mountain is yours to explore. So, strap in, suit up, and drop in.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) - May 13
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster brings the timeless classics forward to the current generation of fans, old and new alike. Fully immerse yourself in the World of Spira as you enjoy over 100 combined hours of gameplay across the two classic titles.
Just Cause 4: Reloaded (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming) - May 13
Just Cause 4 Reloaded delivers an expansive and explosive experience with new weapons, vehicles, and gear included! Soar through the skies at high speeds using the Skystriker Weaponized Wingsuit or cruise the roads of Solís using the Deathstalker Scorpion Muscle Car.
Psychonauts (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming) - May 13
A psychic adventure from the mind of Tim Schafer. Psychonauts follows the story of a young psychic named Razputin. Explore the fantastic realm of the inner mind – Join the Psychonauts!
Red Dead Online (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) - May 13
Join millions of fellow players in Red Dead Online, now packed with years' worth of new features, gameplay, and additional enhancements. Step into a vibrant, ever-evolving world and experience life across frontier America. Forge your own path as you chase down bounties, battle outlaw gangs and other players; hunt, fish and trade, search for exotic treasures, run Moonshine, and much more to discover in a world of astounding depth and detail.
Be sure to check out these games before they leave the service in the middle of the month:
- Alan Wake (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
- Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 (PC)
- Dungeon of the Endless (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
- Final Fantasy IX (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
- Hotline Miami (PC)
- Plebby Quest: The Crusades (PC)
The treasure trove
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