Forza Horizon 5, Minecraft, It Takes Two, and more join Xbox Game Pass in November

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

What you need to know

  • It's officially November, and that means it's time to learn about the new games heading to Xbox Game Pass this month.
  • Microsoft has taken the covers off the list, and it includes several major titles heading to the subscription service.
  • Forza Horizon 5 launches into Xbox Game Pass this month, one of Xbox Game Studios' biggest launches of the year.
  • It Takes Two also joins Xbox Game Pass through EA Play, Minecraft is coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC, and more!

November is upon us, which means many of us are saying goodbye to spooky season. Xbox Game Pass isn't taking time off to mourn, though, as Microsoft as revealed the list of new games heading to the service in the next few weeks. This is a huge month for Xbox Game Pass, with a busy list of fantastic games that may only be rivaled by what arrives next month in December.

The highlight of this month's Xbox Game Pass entries is definitely Forza Horizon 5, which launches day-and-date into Xbox Game Pass on Nov. 9, 2021 (or Nov. 5 if you have early access). We previewed Forza Horizon 5, and concluded that this game is absolutely worth getting excited about. Minecraft is also finally joining Xbox Game Pass for PC, thanks to a new Minecraft PC Bundle, which we originally learned during Minecraft Live 2021.

That's not all, as other games like It Takes Two are also arriving on Xbox Game Pass throughout the next couple of weeks. This month's selection of titles is certainly aiming to give the current best games on Xbox Game Pass a run for their money, with some heavy hitters arriving.

The games listed here can head anywhere Xbox Game Pass is available, including Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. Because of the sheer volume of titles, it can be hard to keep track of all the games coming to and leaving from Xbox Game Pass.

Here are the games coming to and leaving from Xbox Game Pass in Nov. 2021.

Coming soon

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

Minecraft: Java Edition (PC) / Minecraft: Bedrock Edition (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) — Nov. 2

Get your computer ready because Minecraft is coming to Game Pass for PC! Play Minecraft: Java Edition and Minecraft: Bedrock Edition on Windows 10 and 11 as part of your Xbox Game Pass for PC or Ultimate membership. That also means you can conveniently cross-play with any current Minecraft version, including consoles and mobile! Just launch the same edition as the Minecrafter you want to play with. No need to pick and choose — experience Minecraft on PC in one launcher with Game Pass.

Unpacking (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — Nov. 2

Moving day is here! Unpack like never before in this zen puzzle game where you'll learn about a character through a variety of moves. Unpacking weaves together a story through the everyday and sentimental belongings you'll encounter as you decorate and organize each new space throughout the game.

It Takes Two (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) via EA Play — Nov. 4

Go on a wild co-op adventure with EA Play as It Takes Two joins Xbox Game Pass for PC & Ultimate via The Play List. Discover a metaphorical merging of gameplay and narrative in a light-hearted story of the hardships in getting along. And you can invite a friend to join the adventure with Friend's Pass!

Kill It with Fire (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — Nov. 4

Kill It with Fire is a first-person action game about hunting spiders and causing collateral damage. Assemble your arsenal of increasingly excessive weapons, track spiders across suburbia, and burn everything in your path!

Football Manager 2022 (PC) — Nov. 9

The closest thing to being a real football manager. Football Manager 2022 brings new, progressive ways to find your winning edge, instill your footballing style and earn it on the pitch with your football club. Experience complete football authenticity and unrivaled simulation gaming.

Football Manager 2022: Xbox Edition (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — Nov. 9

Navigate your way to the top of the footballing world as the boss of the world's greatest football teams in a tailored version of Football Manager that's been adapted for console play on the biggest stage. Build your dream squad and make the club completely your own as you develop your career to become a managerial great. Plus, Ultimate members can play with Cloud Gaming featuring Xbox touch controls on day one, no controller needed!

Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — Nov. 9

Your Ultimate Horizon Adventure awaits! Explore the vibrant and ever-evolving open-world landscapes of Mexico with limitless, fun driving action in hundreds of the world's greatest cars. Lead breathtaking expeditions across a world of striking contrast and beauty while immersing yourself in a deep campaign with hundreds of challenges that reward you for engaging in the activities you love.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas The Definitive Edition (Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One) — Nov. 9

Experience the blockbuster classic, updated for a new generation – now with across-the-board enhancements including Grand Theft Auto V-style controls and targeting, brilliant new lighting and environmental upgrades, high-resolution textures, increased draw distances, and much more.

One Step from Eden (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) — Nov. 11

One Step from Eden combines deck-building and real-time action with rogue-like elements, giving you the chance to carve a path of mercy or destruction. Fight alone or with a friend in co-op as you cast powerful spells on the fly, battle evolving enemies, and collect game-changing artifacts. Can you make it to Eden?

Leaving soon

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

Nov. 15

  • Final Fantasy VIII HD (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
  • Planet Coaster (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
  • Star Renegades (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • Streets of Rogue (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • The Gardens Between (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • River City Girls (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.