Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3 head to Xbox Game Pass at launch

Microsoft exclusive titles like Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3 will head to the Xbox Game Pass program at their respective launches, Phil Spencer today confirmed.

“Today, we’re excited to announce plans for a major expansion to Xbox Game Pass that underscores our commitment to deliver our fans the ultimate gaming subscription service,” Spencer began on Xbox Wire.

“Moving forward, we plan to release all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Studios into Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release. This means that when Sea of Thieves launches on March 20, it will be included in Xbox Game Pass to all members.”

Spencer also game-dropped titles like Crackdown 3 and State of Decay 2 as games that will be part of Xbox Game Pass from launch.

“We’ve only scratched the surface of the opportunity this new model brings to the industry and what we can deliver to our fans,” Spencer said of the Xbox Game Pass program. “We firmly believe Xbox Game Pass will be a catalyst to create new opportunities for game developers and publishers to innovate in the way games are developed and delivered, leading to entirely new ways to play.”

For those unfamiliar with Xbox Game Pass, it’s a monthly, subscription-based service that allows players to download and play titles from a library of over 100 games. Unlimited titles can be downloaded and played provided your subscription is valid. In Australia, Xbox Game Pass will cost you $10.96 AUD a month.

Titles like Fable Anniversary will be added to the Xbox Game Pass program in February 2018Sea of Thieves heads to Windows PC, Xbox One and the Xbox Game Pass program on 20 March.

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