What you need to know
- Xbox Game Pass is a gaming subscription service with a revolving door selection of available games.
- Today, Microsoft has revealed the list of games heading to Xbox Game Pass in the second half of July, 2021.
- Today's heavy hitters include the Xbox launch of Microsoft Flight Simulator and the release of The Ascent.
- Many other games are also coming to Xbox Game Pass this month, including Battlefield V to Xbox Cloud Gaming.
The beginning of the month was a solid, if unassuming, time for Xbox Game Pass, but that's clearly not the case going into the end of July. Microsoft just revealed the titles coming to Xbox Game Pass in the second part of July, 2021 (opens in new tab), and it's a sizeable offering filled with some much-anticipated new releases, old classics, and much more.
The headliner for this announcement is clearly the arrival of Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox, a release flying fans have been waiting on for ages. The Ascent also looks to be a fantastic entry on Xbox Game Pass with its dystopian cyberpunk gameplay. Elsewhere, we have plenty of games heading to a variety of platforms, including Battlefield V heading to mobile devices through the cloud.
The games on this list can head everywhere that Xbox Game Pass is available, including Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. The best games on Xbox Game Pass already include some incredible titles, but new games come all the time to join it. In any case, it might be necessary to think about investing in one of the best external SSDs for Xbox Series X|S to store all of these games. Finally, make sure you never lose track of Xbox Game Pass news by bookmarking our ultimate guide to everything coming to and leaving from Xbox Game Pass.
You can check out all the titles coming soon to Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud gaming below:
Battlefield V (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) via EA Play — July 20
Cris Tales (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — July 20
Atomicrops (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — July 22
Raji: An Ancient Epic (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — July 22
Last Stop (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — July 22
BLiNX: The Time Sweeper (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — July 26
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — July 26
Microsoft Flight Simulator (Xbox Series X|S Optimized) — July 27
Lethal League Blaze (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — July 29
Omno (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — July 29
Project Wingman (PC) — July 29
The Ascent (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — July 29
You can check out all the titles leaving soon from Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming below:
Leaving July 31
- It Lurks Below (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
- The Touryst (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
- UnderMine (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
Xbox Cloud Gaming touch controls
You can check out all the titles gaining touch controls on Xbox Cloud Gaming below:
- Cities: Skylines
- Darkest Dungeon
- Fable Anniversary
- Fable II
- Fable III
- Fuzion Frenzy
- Joy Ride Turbo
- Outlast 2
- The Bard's Tale ARPG
- The Bard's Tale IV
- The Bard's Tale Trilogy
- The Wild at Heart
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Wow, that's a lot of games dropping within a week's time. Most of these games have peaked my interest or have been on my radar. Anyone that can't see the value of game pass is in total denial.
WOOT! "Crimson Skies" was the game that made me dump by 3DFX card and buy an nVidia DirectX 3D card for my 386SX PC so I could play it back in the day.
I played the hell out of that game and loved it (even though it was a bit janky on that under-powered hardware.)
I would LOVE to see MS do a new version of that game as an MORPG with modern tech for XBOX Series X/S and PC. That would be fantastic.. Shut up and Take My Money!!!! (but alas it is not to be.)
Lots of great games in that list otherwise.
Don't be so sure.
MS is undoubtedly looking at all their IP for productive ways to keep all their studios busy. And most of them are actively growing, building up new teams. (Most developers these days are cash starved; look at how Obsidian has bloomed in just a couple of years with proper ($$$) support.)
Crimson Skies done the Sea of Thieves way looks to be a pretty obvious growth path for Rare; they have the underlying technology, they understand the game model, and the original IP has the world building. All the hard parts that new games struggle with are on their "shelves".
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