It’s time for another wave of Xbox Game Pass games!
Starting today, October 17, users will be able to “hold a sword” like Sakamoto Ryoma in Like A Dragon: Ishin! (Cloud, console and PC). Then later this week, on October 19, F1 Manager 2023 (cloud, console and PC) will arrive on Microsoft’s subscription service.
Cities: Skylines 2 (PC) will debut on its first day on October 24.
Just last night, publisher Paradox Interactive admitted that the city-building sequel “didn’t hit the mark.” [performance] The standard we aimed for.” However, rather than delaying the game to address those issues, the publisher decided that “releasing it now is the best way forward.”
Was this the right move? I think the proof will be in the pudding.
Highlighting this wave of games is Dead Space (cloud, PC, Xbox Series
If Dead Space isn’t really your thing, the quieter Mineko’s Night Market (cloud, console, and PC) will also arrive on October 26. This upcoming narrative-driven social simulation adventure celebrates Japanese culture and “invites players to craft whimsical items, eat delicious snacks, and ultimately have fun with all the cats.”
Frog Detective: The Entire Mystery is also coming to Cloud and Console on this day.
Rounding out this lineup of games for October is Headbangers: Rhythm Royale (cloud, console, PC) and home to one of the best jumps in video games, Jusant (cloud, console, PC). Both of these titles will arrive on day one on October 31st.
When our own Donlan played around a bit with Jusant earlier in the year, he was fascinated by the whole thing, describing the demo as “kind of fun.”
“By the time I got to the end of the demo, I was in love,” he wrote after his time with the game. “And what was that? I wasn’t really that high. I mean, I was high enough to give me a little dizziness, but the mountain tower itself stayed up much higher, into the sky.”
“What will I find there?” he asked, admitting he couldn’t wait to find out.
Here’s all this information again as an easy-to-use list.
- Like a Dragon: Isshin! (Cloud, console, PC)
- F1 Manager 2023 (Cloud, Console and PC)
- Dead Space (Cloud, PC, Xbox Series XS) EA Play
- Frog Detective: The Whole Mystery (Cloud and Console)
- Mineko’s Night Market (Cloud, Console, PC)
- Headbangers: Rhythm Royale (Cloud, Console, PC)
- Jusant (Cloud, Console, PC)
As always, the arrival of these new games means that others will leave Game Pass. The following titles will leave the service on October 31:
- Gunfire Reborn (Cloud, Console, PC)
- Kill It With Fire (Cloud, Console, PC)
- Persona 5 Royal (Cloud, Console, PC)
- Signalis (Cloud, Console, PC)
- Solasta Crown of the Magister (Cloud, Console, PC)
If you want to keep playing any of these games after they leave Game Pass, you’ll need to purchase them. On the plus side, Game Pass subscribers get a 20 percent discount.
As for everything else on Game Pass, you can check out our handy guide detailing the many games available through Microsoft’s subscription service here.
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