Just in time for the holidays, Microsoft announced at its X018 fan event over the weekend that 16 new games are being added to its like-Netflix-but-for-games Xbox Game Pass catalogue, plus a new mobile app.
Besides PUBG and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Moon Studios’ dreamy Metroidvania platformer Ori and the Blind Forest Ori is also on the menu, and its sequel, Ori and the Will o’ the Wisps, will be served up on Game Pass alongside its retail launch sometime next year.
The list also includes a number of ID@Xbox and other indies, with the cel-shaded space pirate strategy FPS Void Bastards from BioShock and System Shock 2 director Jonathan Chey perhaps the most intriguing, next to eccentric turn-based tactical XCOM-’em-up Mutant Year Zero, creepy open world survival thriller Pathologic 2, and cult-popular puzzle platformer Thomas Was Alone.
- Thief of Thieves: Season One (Rival Games)
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (Bluehole, PUBG Corporation)
Available 22 November:
- Agents of Mayhem (Deep Silver, Volition)
- MXGP3: The Official Motocross Videogame (Milestone S.r.l.)
- Thomas Was Alone (Bithell Games)
Available 4 December:
- Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden (Funcom, The Bearded Ladies)
Available 17 December:
- Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Microsoft, Ninja Theory)
Also available in 2018, with launch dates to be confirmed:
- Kingdom: Two Crowns (Raw Fury, Noio, Coatsink)
- Ori and the Blind Forest (Microsoft, Moon Studios)
- Pathologic 2 (tinyBuild Games, Ice-Pick Lodge)
Available in 2019, with launch dates to be confirmed:
- Supermarket Shriek (Billy Goat Entertainment)
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Microsoft, Moon Studios)
- Void Bastards (Humble Bundle, Blue Manchu)
Available… when they’re available, with launch dates to be confirmed:
- Aftercharge (Chainsawesome Games)
- The Good Life (White Owls, Inc., Grounding, Inc.)
- Secret Neighbor (tinyBuild Games, Dynamic Pixels, Hologryph)
You can use the new Xbox Game Pass app out now on iOS and Android to browse games and remotely queue installations, assuming you have instant-on enabled on your console, so that’s super convenient too.
Game Pass features instant, unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and backwards-compatible Xbox 360 games for the stupid cheap price of R159 per month, with the publisher’s first-party games launching simultaneously on the service. For a limited time, new sign-ups can get the first two weeks free, and the next month at R5. That’s a deal-o-rama.