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Microsoft sees its future as a platform and services company, and nothing is a better example of that on the Xbox One console than the Xbox Game Pass subscription service. The company introduced its Netflix-like all-you-can-play program a year ago, and now it is reflecting on the first 12 months as well as looking at what Game Pass means for its future.

In a blog post, Xbox Game Pass engineering boss Ashley Speicher recapped some of the improvements that have come to platform. It is now available in more than 40 countries, and Microsoft brings all of its first-party games to the service the same day they hit retail. Speicher says the company made this change to serve more big-budget blockbuster games to subscribers. Thanks to Game Pass, Sea of Thieves surged to 2 million players in its first few weeks and State of Decay 2 had 1 million after a single week. Microsoft reiterated that it is a commitment to do the same with Halo, Forza, God of War, and more.

But Game Pass is so important to Microsoft that it is positioning it as a benefit to both consumers and developers, and it explained how that’s working

“In its first year, Xbox Game Pass has proven to be great for both gamers and game developers as an additive means to drive discovery and engagement of games,” reads Speicher’s blog. “The freedom to explore and play more great games is changing gaming habits in incredibly positive ways.”

The engineer notes that Game Pass members play more games than they did before their subscription. And they actually play more games outside of the Game Pass library as well. The reasons for that are because people end up connecting with friends online who may go to other games, and people are more willing to spend money on something new if they have a built-in crew to play with.

“We’re seeing more active players for games across the board,” Speicher explained. “That is having a notable positive impact for our publishers and developers, including increased sales for games in Xbox Game Pass.”

Indie publisher TinyBuild has embraced the platform and released its first-person platforming game ClusterTruck on Game Pass, and TinyBuild chief executive officer Alex Nichiporchik said the company is satisfied with the service.

“We love Game Pass,” Nichiporchik said in an email to GamesBeat. “It’s a great program, and it provides value to gamers and game developers.”

This model is working for Microsoft, and it makes sense. The Spotify and Netflix models have taken over the music and film markets. Many people don’t want to build up their own libraries — they want to subscribe to one that is constantly getting new stuff.

Netflix is so successful that everyone is copying that model, and we’re already seeing dedicated competitors from CBS, HBO, and Disney. We’ll probably get to that point in gaming as well. Every publisher will probably want their own subscription model, but the question is who will establish themselves as the Netflix that everyone is chasing to copy. Well, Microsoft seems to think it can fill that role for gaming.

“We have a long-term commitment and belief in making subscriptions a model that benefits gamers with more choice and game creators with more opportunity,” Speicher explained. “We will continue to invest in this space. We look forward to further evolving Xbox Game Pass by bringing even more great games in the year ahead to continue to meet the needs of gamers and game developers.”

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Four Star Wars games have been added to Xbox Game Pass this week.

Classic RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is now available, and is a must if you've never played it.

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga was also added.

It features the first six Star Wars episodes, with 36 levels and challenge modes.
2008 action title Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, which takes place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, is now available. It puts players in the role of Starkiller.

The best part? You'll play as Darth Vader's apprentice. It's good to be the villain sometimes.



The fourth title is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, and you return as Starkiller. Sort of. This time out, the player is tasked with finding their lady love, Juno Eclipse, before bounty hunter Boba Fett finds her first.
 
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Tom Clancy's The Division, Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls Online were all added to the Game Pass yesterday. They also announced that Forza Horizon 4 will be available to Game Pass subscribers the same day as its global release.

And Microsoft is working to make it even more enticing with a new technology called fast start. This uses machine learning to figure out ways to start games twice as fast as normal downloads.
 
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After announcing earlier this month that Fallout 4, The Division, and The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited have joined Xbox Game Pass, members can look ahead to a plethora of games from independent developers through 2018 and beyond, including Warhammer: Vermintide 2 which joins the catalogue July 11.



Xbox Game Pass members can look forward to DiRT 4, Zombie Army Trilogy, Human Fall Flat, Bomber Crew, Abzu, Shadow Complex Remastered, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and Fallout 3 all coming to Xbox Game Pass this July, in addition to the over 100 more great games included in your membership.

Plus, tune into Inside Xbox, July 10 where we’ll reveal another exciting addition to the Xbox Game Pass catalogue!

01 JULY

DiRT 4
Zombie Army Trilogy
ABZU
Shadow Complex Remastered
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Fallout 3
Human Fall Flat

10 JULY
Bomber Crew

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2
 
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Cool. I'm a big fan of the DiRT games and I've nearly bought Zombie Army Trilogy a few times when it has been on offer so I'm happy that they've joined the Game Pass.
 
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Rocket League has arrived on Xbox Game Pass alongside Vermintide 2, which was released on the console today.

Psyonix Studios released its cross-platform title on the service today. The game features cross-network support through Private Matches. Cross-platform party support is expected this summer, which will allow PC, Switch, and Xbox One users to play together.


Those in the mood for a super fun action-RPG can also play Warhammer: Vermintide 2 through Xbox Game Pass.

The game recently left beta on Xbox One and was released for the system today.

CHeck out our Vermintide classes guide to help get you started - https://forumbanter.com/threads/warhammer-vermintide-2-character-classes-guide.402/
 
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Games entering the Game Pass vault in August will see you journey to the ancient Roman Empire with Ryse: Son of Rome; stop a cyberpunk conspiracy in Ruiner; fight two distinct flavors of zombie from the gory hordes in Dead Rising 2 to the 8-bit walkers in The Escapists: The Walking Dead; take an assassination contract in Hitman: Season 1, or leap into Metroidvania-style action in Dandara. Finally, enjoy a game with the whole family in Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure, the remastered Xbox 360 Kinect-supported classic.
 
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Xbox Game Pass subscribers can now get their grubby paws on sci-fi shooters Doom and Rage.

Doom and Rage are both being released for Xbox One users through Xbox Game Pass.

Both games were announced for the service today during the QuakeCon 2018 keynote.

The Doom release is the 2016 version and includes multiplayer, and Rage is the original release from 2011.
 
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Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been confirmed as coming to Game Pass on September 1st.
 
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Titles arriving on the Xbox Game Pass service for September have been announced.

Ten titles will be added to Xbox Game Pass in September, and there’s surely something to tempt everyone on the the list.

Onrush, Aven Colony, Shadow Warrior 1, Sky Force Reloaded, and Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams are just a few.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection will arrive on the service September 1, as mentioned above.

It will also release with an update containing “new features and improvements,” including visual enhancements for Xbox One X.

Remedy’s Quantum Break will arrive on the same day, as will InnerSpace and all other titles – save for Onrush. It will release on the service September 5.

The full list is below for quick reference.

Xbox Game Pass – September
  • Aven Colon – September 1
  • Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – September 1
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection – September 1
  • Manual Samuel – September 1
  • Onrush – September 1
  • Quantum Break – September 1
  • Shadow Warrior 1 – September 1
  • Sky Force Reloaded – September 1
  • Snake Pass – September 1
  • InnerSpace – September 5
 

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