SnowRunner, Maneater, Conan Exiles, and more join Xbox Game Pass in May

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

What you need to know

  • Xbox Game Pass is an innovative gaming subscription that gives you access to hundreds of games on Xbox and PC.
  • Every month, Microsoft reveals the next wave of games heading to the service over the next few weeks.
  • The second half of May is packed with new titles for Xbox Game Pass, including SnowRunner, Maneater, and Conan Exiles.
  • Xbox Game Pass subscribers can also look forward to MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, Fuzion Frenzy, and many more.

Players all over the world already feel like the weight of their games backlog is crushing them, but that isn't stopping Xbox Game Pass from dropping game after game onto the service. Xbox has just revealed the games heading to Xbox Game Pass in May, 2021, and the list is absolutely massive this time around. Players certainly aren't going to struggle to find something new to play with Xbox Game Pass in the next few weeks.

Some of the highlights of the new games coming to Xbox Game Pass include SnowRunner, Maneater, Conan Exiles, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries and many more. There are also more games gaining touch control support for Xbox Cloud Gaming through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and a handful of games (including some Kingdom Hearts titles) leaving the service at the end of May.

In case you missed it, The Ascent is also coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one, and launches on July 29, 2021.

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 this list of games makes a case for joining 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:

SnowRunner (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Available now

SnowRunner puts you in the driver's seat of powerful vehicles as you conquer extreme open environments with the most advanced terrain simulation ever. Drive over 40 vehicles from brands such as Ford, Chevrolet, and Freightliner as you leave your mark on an untamed open world

Peggle 2 (Xbox Cloud Gaming) via EA Play — May 20

Peggle 2 is a magical game full of bouncing balls, magical pegs, and bricks made of pure compressed joy! Test your luck and skill by clearing pegs, bashing bricks, and timing your shots just right to achieve extreme fever!

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville (Xbox Cloud Gaming) via EA Play — May 20

Ready the Juice Cannons and prepare for battle! Unearth 20 fully customizable character classes, tackle hilarious missions, defeat epic bosses, go all-out against friends and foes in six PvP modes, including Battle Arena, and more. Experience the unbeleafable thrills of combat today with EA Play!

Secret Neighbor (PC) — May 20

Secret Neighbor is a suspenseful multiplayer horror game where a group of kids try to rescue their friend from the Neighbor's creepy basement – the only problem is one of the kids is the Neighbor in disguise.

The Wild at Heart (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) — May 20

Day one with Xbox Game Pass! The Wild at Heart is 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. Explore a beautiful, handcrafted world full of charming puzzles and deep secrets. Welcome to the Deep Woods.

The Catch: Carp and Coarse Fishing (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — May 21

With 35 species to hunt, you'll have to work up your strategy and tactics to catch every boss fish. To succeed you'll need to choose your angling spot, based on time of day, weather conditions and perfect equipment, before casting out to battle and catch these elusive creatures.

Knockout City (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, & PC) via EA Play — May 21

Day one with Xbox Game Pass for PC and Ultimate with EA Play!Calling all brawlers! Team up and duke it out in Knockout City, where epic dodgeball battlers settle the score in team-based multiplayer matches. Throw, catch, pass, dodge, and tackle your way to dodgeball dominance!

Maneater (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — May 25

Maneater is a single-player action RPG, set in the Gulf Coast's unforgiving waters. Fight to survive in the open ocean, swamps, and rivers with danger lurking at every depth. Your only tools are your wits, your jaws, and an uncanny ability to evolve as you feed.

Conan Exiles (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — May 27

Alone and naked in a hostile land, your first task is simply to survive. Then you must build a stronghold and gather your allies. And from there, you can set out to dominate your enemies. Conan Exiles is a single and multiplayer survival game, set in a massive open-world sandbox with mythical beasts, perilous dungeons, and the freedom to play whichever way you like.

Fuzion Frenzy (Xbox Cloud Gaming) — May 27

The Xbox original Fuzion Frenzy combines the continuous, frenetic action of a futuristic street sport with the action-packed fun of mini-games set in a dynamic 3-D urban environment. Six arenas and more than 45 mini-games provide plenty of competitive fun for up to four players.

Joy Ride Turbo (Xbox Cloud Gaming) — May 27

Joy Ride Turbo is an arcade racer delivering precision handling, speed, and crazy stunt mayhem! In the Stunt Park, show off your skills or explore and find collectibles that unlock cars, giving you an edge for faster races and death-defying stunts.

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries (Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One) — May 27

Welcome to the year 3015! It's a hell of a time to be alive. Humanity has colonized thousands of star systems, war is everywhere, and the battlefields of the future are dominated by hulking machines known as BattleMechs. It's dangerous work for the elite pilots of these metal monstrosities, but that's why a power-hungry MechWarrior like you came here, right? If you're looking to blast, wreck, stomp – and profit – step inside!

Slime Rancher (PC) — May 27

Slime Rancher is the tale of Beatrix LeBeau, a plucky, young rancher who sets out for a life a thousand light years away from Earth on the 'Far, Far Range' where she tries her hand at making a living wrangling slimes. With a can-do attitude, plenty of grit, and her trusty vacpack, Beatrix attempts to stake a claim, amass a fortune, and avoid the continual peril that looms from the rolling, jiggling avalanche of slimes around every corner!

Solasta: Crown of the Magister (PC) — May 27

Discover the shattered world of Solasta. Explore ruins and dungeons for legendary treasures, learn the truth of an age-old cataclysm, and stop it from happening again. Tailor your squad to your preferred strategy and maximize your party's abilities in classic tabletop RPG tradition. The choice is yours.

SpellForce 3: Soul Harvest (PC) — May 27

Make your mark in the chaotic world of Nortander in SpellForce 3: Soul Harvest. Explore and prosper, build and lead armies, develop your character, and defend the throne in this story of renegades and rebellion.

Leaving soon

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

May 31

  • Assetto Corsa (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
  • Broforce (PC)
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 Remix (Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One)
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One)
  • Surviving Mars (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
  • Void Bastards (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:

  • Banjo-Tooie
  • Call of the Sea
  • Genesis Noir
  • Narita Boy
  • Nier: Automata Become As Gods Edition
  • Rain on Your Parade
  • Two Point Hospital
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