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Xbox Game Pass Quests has moved away from game-focused tasks and towards exploration of the large library across daily, weekly and monthly periods.
Our goal with the Quests program is to help you discover and try new games and be rewarded for playing the Xbox Game Pass games you love. We heard your feedback about improving Quests and making this a better experience while gaming, so you can now play any Xbox Game Pass console game to earn points. We’ll still have Quests around specific games, so Quests will continue to be a great way for you to discover games you may not have tried yet.
There are still quests specific to certain games but there will also be generic daily, weekly and monthly quests to complete that will earn players Microsoft Rewards points which can be used in the Microsoft Store.

To check new quests out on the Xbox One, head to Achievements > See all my Achievements > Compare Games > Stats. The Xbox Game Pass app is also available on iOS and Android devices and will be able to check via the Quests section of the app.
 

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GTA 5, MLB The Show 21, Zombie Army 4, and more are coming to Xbox Game Pass this month.

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Grand Theft Auto V (Cloud and Console) – April 8
When a young street hustler, a retired bank robber and a terrifying psychopath find themselves entangled with some of the most frightening and deranged elements of the criminal underworld, the U.S. government and the entertainment industry, they must pull off a series of dangerous heists to survive in a ruthless city in which they can trust nobody, least of all each other.

Zombie Army 4: Dead War (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – April 8
Hitler’s zombie hordes are back for more in this spine-chilling shooter from the makers of Sniper Elite 4! Abominable occult enemies, epic weapons and a harrowing campaign for 1-4 players await in 1940s Europe, as you fight to save humankind from undead Armageddon!

Disneyland Adventures (Cloud) – April 8
Experience the magic of Disneyland! Take a journey where stories come to life and dreams come true, right in your living room! Explore Disneyland park, from Main Street U.S.A. to Critter Country, where you can join Peter Pan to battle Captain Hook, high-five Mickey Mouse, and hug Snow White.

Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure (Cloud) – April 8
Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure invites families and fans of all ages to experience the worlds of six beloved Disney/Pixar films. Team up with characters from “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up,” “Cars,” “Toy Story,” and “Finding Dory” to solve puzzles and uncover hidden secrets.

NHL 21 (Console) EA Play – April 12
Carve your path to superstardom in an expanded Be A Pro mode and go down as one of the league’s greatest. On the ice, change up your attack with all new moves, dekes, dangles, and evasive maneuvers, inspired by the league’s most groundbreaking innovators.

Rain on Your Parade (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – April 15
Travel the world as a cute cardboard cloud and ruin everybody’s day! Unlock new methods of mischief in over 50 levels, each with unique setting and objectives. Make new friends and help them too – it’s an adorable schadenfreude game!

Pathway (PC) ID@Xbox – April 15
Assemble a bold team of adventurers and journey through the desert-wilderness. In 1936, Nazi influence has spread, along with rumors of secret excavations, mysterious artefacts, and gruesome occult rituals… Outwit foes in strategic squad combat and locate ancient treasures before they fall into the wrong hands!

MLB The Show 21 (Cloud and Console) – April 20
MLB The Show 21 is coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one on Cloud (Beta), Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. Experience faster, deeper, and more intense moment-to-moment action on the field in 4K 60FPS on Xbox Series X|S consoles. Lead your ballplayer to Road to the Show and Diamond Dynasty glory as a two-way star and face your friends on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 with cross-platform play.

With new games coming, it means some will be leaving the service.

Games leaving the library on April 15 are: Deliver Us the Moon (Console and PC), Gato Roboto (Console and PC), and Wargroove (Console and PC).

EA Play games leaving the service on April 16 are: Madden 15, 16, 17, 18, and 25 (Console), NHL 18, and NHL 19 are also leaving for console.
 
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Microsoft has announced another batch of games coming to Xbox Game Pass.

Starting today, on release day at that, MLB The Show 21 is now available through Xbox Game Pass.

Here’s a full look at what’s coming:
  • MLB The Show 21 (Cloud and Console) — Available Now
  • Phogs! (PC) — April 22
  • Second Extinction (Game Preview) (Cloud, Console, and PC) — April 28
  • Destroy All Humans! (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Fable 3 (Cloud) — April 30
  • Fable Anniversary (Cloud) — April 30
And here are all of the games leaving the service on April 30:
  • Endless Legends (PC)
  • For the King (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Fractured Minds (Cloud and Console)
  • Levelhead (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Moving Out (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Thumper (PC)
 
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David76

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The sequel to the building and exploration spinoff from the main Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest Builders 2, is coming to Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass soon.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 initially launched worldwide back in July 2019 on both Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, hitting PC a few months later in December 2019 – but the game never made it to Xbox consoles. That’s about to change, however.

A Microsoft store page appeared for Dragon Quest Builders 2 over the past 24 hours, noting that the RPG spinoff is coming to Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass (for console and PC) on May 3 (May 4 in Europe).

Following the leak, Microsoft officially announced it, noting that the game is indeed coming to the subscription service (PC, Xbox, Cloud) in early May. If you’re not a member of Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you’ll be able to buy the game for $49.99 (or the regional equivalent) instead.

It has also been announced that upcoming team-based multiplayer game, Knockout City, is coming to Xbox Game Pass on Day One.

Knockout City is a competitive third-person team-based take on dodgeball where the player can even turn themselves into a ball in order to mess with the competition.

The game offers free-for-all, as well as 3v3 and 4v4 modes, and today Xbox and EA surprised everyone with the revelation that the game will be coming to Xbox Game Pass on May 21 – the day it launches.
 
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Even more titles are joining the Xbox Game Pass library, including the latest FIFA title, a horror favorite with Outlast, and more. Red Dead Online is also available through the evolving subscription service, which comes at the perfect time given that Microsoft recently rescinded the requirement to pay for Xbox Live in order to play with friends remotely. For those interested, here are the new games arriving to Xbox Game Pass – and what's leaving.

What's coming:​

  • Dragon Quest Builders 2, Console and PC - May 4
  • FIFA 21, Console and PC - May 6
  • Outlast 2, Cloud, Console, and PC - May 6
  • Steep, Cloud and Console - May 6
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Console and PC - May 13
  • Just Cause 4: Reloaded, Cloud, Console, and PC - May 13
  • Psychonauts, Cloud, Console, and PC - May 13
  • Red Dead Online, Cloud and Console - May 13
  • Remnant: From the Ashes, PC - May 13

DLC and Game Updates:​

  • Fallout 76: Locked and Loaded
  • Gears: Tactics Anniversary
  • Grounded April Update
  • Halo Infinite PC Update
  • Minecraft: R2D2 Beanie - Until May 6
  • Sea of Thieves: Reapers vs. The World - Until June 22

What's leaving - May 15​

  • Alan Wake, Console and PC
  • Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2, PC
  • Final Fantasy IX, Console and PC
  • Dungeon of the Endless, Cloud, Console, and PC
  • Hotline Miami, PC
  • Plebby Quest: The Crusades, PC
 
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Microsoft has announced the first round of games coming to Xbox Game Pass in June.

For Honor, Darkest Dungeon, and Backbone are the first Xbox Game Pass titles to be announced for June.

On June 3, Ubisoft’s For Honor will arrive on the service for both cloud and console.

Backbone will follow on June 8. In this day one title, you play a raccoon detective named Howard Lotor who is down on his luck a bit. In the game, which is set in a dystopian Vancouver, he stumbles upon something “so massive that it will shake the very fabric of society.” The game features a cast of other animals and is a post-noir adventure.

For cloud, console, and PC, Darkest Dungeon arrives on June 10. This gothic roguelike turn-based RPG tasks you with recruiting, training, and leading a team of heroes through forests, warrens, crypts, and more.

June 15 will bring another round of games leaving the service. You have until then to download and play the following titles:
  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (Console)
  • Night Call (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • West of Dead (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Wizard of Legend (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Observation (Cloud, Console, and PC)
Today, The Wild at Heart has been released for cloud gaming. The game was made available for PC and console last month.
 
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"First and foremost, we are committed to building a diverse collection of studios that deliver a predictable pipeline of high-quality games,” Matt Booty, Head of Xbox Game Studios said as a part of a Gaming at Microsoft presentation. “We're committed to creating games that generate excitement, anticipation, and engagement with our fans.”

And with 23 first-party studios under the Xbox Game Studios banner, all games currently in development across this diverse group -- which includes Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Playground Games, 343 Industries, Double Fine Studios, Obsidian Entertainment, and more -- will also be hitting Xbox Game Pass day and date of their respective launches.

This of course isn’t exactly news, Microsoft’s shift to Game Pass has been mostly a seamless and, well, exciting one. It hasn’t affected the number of exclusives hitting its platforms, nor has it affected the quality and types of games we’ve seen. In fact, the opposite is true. An Xbox Game Pass subscription is basically worth its weight in all the digital gold out there -- with access to games both new and old across a vast library for not all that much money.

So yeah, 23 first-party studios. That’s a lot. And with the recent additions of Bethesda, Microsoft is looking to launch one new first-party game into Xbox Game Pass (and retail) every three months. That is at least one each and every quarter.

“We know that a thriving entertainment service needs a consistent and exciting flow of new content,” Matt Booty said. “So our portfolio will continue to grow as our service grows.”

“All of our studios are really creator-led” Matt Booty added, re-confirming that the types of games and diversity of creativity won’t be affected for studios that seek some shelter or shade under the Xbox Game Studios banner. “We want to give them the proper degree of autonomy so they can pursue their creative passion and make the games they are good at making. We're in the entertainment business, and I believe the best thing we can do is to provide the guidance, the resources, and the support to our studios so they can make the best entertainment.”
 
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David76

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Play Yakuza: Like A Dragon today on console, PC, and cloud with Xbox Game Pass.

Become Ichiban Kasuga, a low-ranking yakuza grunt left on the brink of death by the man he trusted most. Take up your legendary bat and get ready to crack some underworld skulls in dynamic RPG combat set against the backdrop of modern-day Japan.

 
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Tom

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Game Pass is crazy value for the consumer but how the hell are Microsoft making money from it?
They are making money from it.

They are rumoured have 23 million subsctibers now.

I know it varies by country and there's currency issues but lets say on average they get £12 a month from each subscriber, this totals £276m a month or £3.3bn a year in revenues from Game Pass.

Then through Game Pass they get more people playing games and buying in game purchases or buying the game outright.

MS make a lot of money from it and so do the developers.

It's growing too so numbers will only go up as MS push the service on multiple platforms.
 
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David76

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Just for clarity, Game Pass does makes a fair bit of revenue, but not yet a profit. That's from their latest earnings report.

In terms of what it means to MS though, and other public companies on the stock market, recurring revenues (i.e. subscribers/subscription services) are "worth more" than one off products. In other words, $100 million in Game Pass revenues has more impact on the stock price than $100 million from selling games. That's what MS is aiming for when it comes to growing Game Pass.

The stock market is weird.
 
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