Microsoft has revealed that it currently has no plans to
Motorsport 7 or Forza
Horizon 3 to its Xbox
Game Pass subscription service. Head of Xbox Games Marketing, Aaron Greenberg, revealed on Twitter
earlier today – in a response to fan asking about the latest Forza installments
– that the team has already added “a large selection” of existing exclusives,
and that the focus is on upcoming games from Microsoft Studios.
Whilst Greenberg said there’s no plans to add these titles
“at this time,” there’s nothing to rule out Forza Motorsport 7 or Forza Horizon
3 coming to Xbox Game Pass down the road, but licensing with automakers and
sponsors for these titles may create complications for Xbox Game Pass, making
it easier to focus on future Forza games for the service instead.
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that all
future first-party exclusives for Xbox One would be added to Xbox Game Pass
on the day of their release. These games will be permanent additions to the
program, and Microsoft has promised they won’t be cycled out of Xbox Game Pass
as seen with other titles on the service. Games available on Xbox Game Pass
with Xbox Play Anywhere support for Windows 10 will also be playable on PC with
the subscription service at no additional cost.
Xbox Game Pass includes over 100 titles spanning Xbox One
and Xbox 360 games to Original Xbox classics. It costs $9.99 (€9.99, £7.99) per
month, but Microsoft is working with GameStop and other retails to offer six-month
subscriptions available to purchase for $59.99. These will become available on
March 20th, the same day Rare’s pirate advantage game Sea
of Thieves launches in retail and for digital download. It will also join
the Xbox Game Pass library on March 20th as well.
In its Xbox Game Pass announcement
this week, Microsoft confirmed that future entries in the Halo, Forza, and
Gears of War franchises were in development for Xbox One, and that these would
be added to Xbox Game Pass on their release.
Halo 5: Guardians and Gears of War 4 are already available
on Xbox Game Pass, with Halo Wars 2 joining the subscription service on
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