Microsoft Reveals Its Plans for the Future of Xbox Game Pass

Published 06/10/2021, 11:09 AM EDT


Following its acquisition of Bethesda, Microsoft increases its collection of first-party games drastically. While the team curates more first-party games, Microsoft plans to include at least one of these first-party games into the Xbox Game Pass every quarter.

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Matt Booty, head of Xbox Games Studios, further elaborated the company’s strategy for the future. He explained, “In terms of the overall lineup, we want to get to a point of releasing a new game every quarter. We know that a thriving entertainment service needs a consistent and exciting flow of new content. So our portfolio will continue to grow as our service grows.”

What is the Xbox Game Pass?

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Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service for games created by Microsoft. It currently has over has 18 million subscribers and contains a library of over 100 games. This wide variety of games is accessible from the Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and even via Windows 10.

Microsoft has always lagged behind Sony’s PlayStation when it comes to legendary first-party titles. However, it seems like they are doing everything in their power to shorten this gap. The recent $7.5bn purchase of Bethesda goes on to prove this.

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Xbox Game Studios currently includes developers working on games such as:

  • 343 Industries (Halo)
  • World’s Edge (Age of Empires)
  • The Coalition (Gears of War)
  • Compulsion Games (We Happy Few)
  • Double Fine (Psychonauts)
  • The Initiative (Perfect Dark)
  • inXile Entertainment (Wasteland 3)
  • Mojang Studios (Minecraft)
  • Ninja Theory (Hellblade)
  • Obsidian Entertainment (The Outer Worlds, Grounded, Avowed)
  • Playground Games (Forza Horizon, Fable)
  • Rare (Sea of Thieves, Everwild)
  • Turn 10 (Forza Motorsport)
  • Undead Labs (State of Decay)
  • Xbox Game Studios Publishing (external development support)

In addition to this Bethesda is working on:

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  • Bethesda Game Studios (Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Starfield)
  • iD (Doom, Quake, Rage)
  • ZeniMax Online (The Elder Scrolls Online)
  • Arkane Studios (Prey, Dishonored, Deathloop)
  • MachineGames (Wolfenstein, Untitled Indiana Jones game)
  • Tango Gameworks (The Evil Within, Ghostwire: Tokyo)
  • Alpha Dog Games (Mighty Doom)
  • Roundhouse Studios (formerly Human Head Studios)

The Game Pass will include “Role-playing games, shooters, strategy titles, adventure games, and more.” Microsoft’s aim is to “ensure that there is a steady stream of compelling exclusive content to explore.”

Are you excited about Microsoft’s upcoming first-party titles? Let us know in the comments down below.

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Aaron Dias is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently, he is a student at Xaviers College and is heavily invested in eSports. His interest in eSports began when he was young, with titles like FIFA, WWE, and Grand Theft Auto.

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