For Honor, Darkest Dungeon, and more join Xbox Game Pass in June

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

What you need to know

  • Xbox Game Pass continues to grow by adding new games and more content in two waves every single month.
  • Microsoft has revealed the games heading to Xbox Game Pass in the first half of June, as well as the games leaving the service this month.
  • It's the smallest list we've seen in a long while for Xbox Game Pass, indicating Microsoft may be waiting for their upcoming E3 2021 conference.
  • The games joining Xbox Game Pass in the next few weeks include For Honor, Darkest Dungeon, and Backbone.

We're entering into a new month with June, 2021, and players are expecting the next several weeks to be filled with an unending stream of video game announcements and reveals thanks to major video game events like the imminent E3 2021 conference. To kick off the month of June, Xbox has expectantly revealed the games coming to Xbox Game Pass in the first half of June, but some players may be disappointed by the paltry selection joining Xbox Game Pass in the near future.

The highlights of this batch of Xbox Game Pass titles includes the official launch of The Wild at Heart (announced earlier), For Honor, Darkest Dungeon, and Backbone. And...that's it. There's also a list of five games leaving the service in the next few weeks, marking the first time in as long as I can remember that the number of games leaving Xbox Game Pass surpasses the number joining.

There might be a good reason for this, however, as Microsoft's Xbox and Bethesda E3 conference airs on June 13. It's possible that Microsoft is holding their cards close to their chest for some major Xbox Game Pass-related announcements and news during the event, which might make the second half of June considerably more exciting. We'll just have to wait and see to know for sure.

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.

Coming soon

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

The Wild at Heart (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Available now

Explore a beautiful, handcrafted world full of charming puzzles, and deep secrets in The Wild at Heart, a whimsical story centered around two children that escape to a fantastical land filled with magical creatures to befriend and an oddball order of guardians who've lost their way. Welcome to the Deep Woods.

For Honor (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — June 3

War marches across the land of Heathmoor as heroes from rival factions clash in unending visceral battles. Use your finely honed skill to emerge victorious in a variety of thrilling single and brutal multiplayer modes. Grasp destiny in your hands and fight… for honor.

Backbone (PC) — June 8

Raccoon detective Howard Lotor is not a hero. He can barely make rent. And yet he has stumbled across something so massive that it will shake the very fabric of society. Stunning visuals, an evocative soundtrack, and a daring narrative bring a dystopian Vancouver, BC inhabited by animals to life in this highly anticipated, post-noir adventure. Get to it, detective.

Darkest Dungeon (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — June 10

Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike turn-based RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring. Recruit, train, and lead a team of flawed heroes through twisted forests, forgotten warrens, ruined crypts, and beyond. Not only do unimaginable foes await, but stress, famine, disease, and the ever-encroaching dark.

Leaving soon

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

June 15

  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One)
  • Night Call (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
  • West of Dead (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
  • Wizard of Legend (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
  • Observation (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
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