The Xbox Game Pass is a magical service. In addition to great titles like Halo: Infinite and Forza Horizon 5, the service is also a master at offering awesome titles like Hades and Twelve minutes. Then again, Microsoft has to let those mighty titles stand. And the fact that the company doesn’t, that bothers WANT editor Dennis a bit.
I have a love/hate relationship with the Xbox Game Pass. On the one hand, it’s brilliant that we can play so many games ‘for free’, sometimes even on the day of release. The app on Samsung TVs even allows us to play games instantly without a console. But on the other hand, Microsoft sometimes rams through it with a rake, so that brilliant titles suddenly disappear.
Xbox Game Pass gives and takes
That Xbox Game Pass “gives” us many games is obvious. It is, in my humble opinion, the best gaming service in the world. PlayStation, Google and Steam do their best, but the convenience of Game Pass and its idiotically larger selection is unbeatable. But then Microsoft has to keep its branches off my favorite games! And unfortunately they don’t. There are going to be quite a few heads rolling again this month.
Potverpillekes! (Image: EZgif)
So it is with some sadness that we have to say goodbye to the likes of Hades. Of course the top down roguelike dungeon crawler game is still playable on Xbox, macOS, PC, PlayStation and Nintendo Switch. But as of August 31, it will no longer be available through Xbox Game Pass. And that hurts more than countless times going down the pipe in the game.
As a plaster on the wound we do get great games like Commandos 3, Immortality and Immortals Fenyx Rising.
We’re going to miss you, Zagreus (Image: Supergiant Games)
Those who perish, salute you
But Hades is not the only game to suddenly disappear from the Xbox Game Pass. These titles will also be taken off at the end of this month, unfortunately.
Signs of the Sojourner
Two Point Hospital
What Remains of Edith Finch
World War Z
Are we sad about this? Yes. But mainly we are disappointed, not only in Microsoft but in ourselves. We could have played these games well before now. But with 30 degrees Celsius, we apparently thought it was more important to have a cold beer with friends instead of sitting inside.
Suckers. Fake gamers. That’s what we are.