Oh Xbox Game Pass, that subscription service that I constantly forget that I have. It’s always nice to be pleasantly surprised by new games that I didn’t expect to play (or intend to buy). Microsoft has detailed a bunch of other games that I’ll probably be surprised to come to Xbox Game Pass for PC when they launch over the next year or so – from the epic Starfield space RPG to the vampire hunting adventure of Arkane Redfall. . Looks like they’re revealing more later this week, too.
They posted the list on Twitter, with the hint that they’ll unveil four new games coming to the Game Awards service tomorrow night. Their article has a slew of games that we already knew were coming to Game Pass at launch, like Starfield and Total War: Warhammer 3, but hey, it’s good to have a full roster. Here’s what’s coming up:
Total War: Warhammer 3 – February 17, 2022
Creative Assembly’s next strategy wargame features tower defense, boss battles, giant magic bears, and more. Nate played it earlier this year and said it was “wonderful” and “frankly, that sounds crazy”.
STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl – April 28, 2022
The long-awaited sequel to the post-apocalyptic RPG-FPS made by GSC Game World. The developers called it their “most immersive world to date,” with players roaming a wasteland that was irradiated and filled with mutants. Happy stuff.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising – Spring 2022
Set in the same world as Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, Rising is an action RPG that will let you collect treasures and resources, fight monsters, and build towns. It’s designed to be a little pre-game for Hundred Heroes, before it releases in 2023.
Chute Rouge – Summer 2022
This is the co-op vampire hunting shooter from Deathloop and the developers of Dishonored Arkane, and it looks so cool. Magical powers! Cool technology! Things Arkane does so well, and I’m super excited to play it. I pray to the video game gods that this one doesn’t get pushed back like so many other games over the past year.
Starfield – November 11, 2022
Bethesda’s upcoming RPG extravaganza will send us into spaceships to travel to various settlements and explore new worlds. We’ve seen quite a few clips of it before, from big sci-fi cities to pirate factions. Director Todd Howard says we’ll see more of that this summer, too.
Atomic Heart – 2022
If you’re in the mood for supernatural shooting in post-apocalyptic Russia, then Mundfish’s Atomic Heart might be the Game Pass addition for you. I don’t know what to do with this one. It has robo bees (robees?), Music by Mick Gordon, and absolutely terrifying robot clowns.
Slime Breeder 2 – 2022
A big, colorful, spongy follow-up to Monomi Park’s Slime Rancher – except this time around you swap the dusty ranch for a pretty veranda. I’m a huge fan of the first game, so I’m very excited to collect more cute blobs in this one. My favorites are the bat slimes, which director Nick Popovich told me you can replicate with other slimes to give them tiny bat wings!
A Plague Tale: Requiem – 2022
Developed by Asobo Studio, it is a direct sequel to A Plague Tale: Innocence. Requiem will once again feature medieval French siblings Hugo and Amicia, and absolutely tons of rats. Innocence is already on Game Pass if you haven’t played it yet.
Replaced – 2022
Katharine was very excited about this one when it was revealed at E3 this year. This is a 2.5D sci-fi action platformer set in a dark, yet beautiful, pixelated dystopian world. You play as an AI trapped in a human body in another America from the 1980s. He looks and sounds cranky, and that’s what I’m here for.
Somerville – 2022
Directed by developers Jumpship, a studio co-founded by co-creator of Inside, this one is a dark sci-fi adventure that definitely reminds me of both Inside and Limbo. There is still a lot of mystery surrounding Somerville, but Brendy tried to solve a few when he interviewed producer Dino Patti a few years ago.
Contempt – 2022
A macabre Giger-style first person shooter that first premiered in 2014. It was recently delayed to 2022, and the developers at Ebb Software plan to reveal a new release date this Friday, December 10th, so keep your eyes peeled for that .
Pupperazzi – weft bark bark
No, really, this is the expected release date on Steam. Developed by Sundae Month and published by Kitfox Games, Pupperazzi looks like Pokémon Snap meets Nintendogs. It’s a game about taking pictures of dogs, and it looks absolutely adorable. I’ve had it on my watchlist ever since the developers showed it to Media Indie Exchange Game Dev Direct earlier this year.
For now, the game’s release date is yet to be determined, although all other Game Pass additions are slated for release in 2022, so it seems likely that Pupperazzi will follow suit.
If you’re looking for Xbox Game Pass stuff to play a bit earlier than that, the service has a sizable lineup for December. Probably the most notable game to come is Halo Infinite. The campaign is released today!