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Xbox Game Pass means that developers don’t need to “chase service-based games”

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Xbox’s Game Pass service has been nothing short of disruptive to the gaming industry so far. It’s not just that it provides an all you can game buffet to subscribers, but the fact that its existence gives many a game a second chance. The types of games that publishers ordinarily don’t want to make these days, instead favouring an endless cash cow cycle of live service titles designed to hook players into a grinding loop for all eternity.

Last night’s massive advert for the service, X019, had plenty of new reveals for which games will soon be made available on Game Pass in the months to come. Those announcements had a distinctive single-player taste, favouring genres and sequels that ranged from classic remasters to more contemporary slices of RPG nostalgia. Something which Xboss Phil Spencer reckons, is helping publishers to realise that they don’t need to chase the live service dragon.

“We see Game Pass as a really critical way to bring new games to new players, with a business model that just has more approachability for many players,” Spencer said to GamesRadar.

We see players willing to take risks on new games and new genres, because when you’re already in the subscription it’s as easy as clicking on something, downloading the game, and starting to play. The diversity of content in Game Pass, the genres in Game Pass, the things that people play… I think it’s a really healthy part of our industry.

The nice thing about Game Pass is that it actually wraps the game inside of a service itself. So a game can just be a game. And it’s nice to be playing games that have a beginning, a middle, and an end. And that, as a subscription, we completely support those types of games. And in fact, a lot of the new games that a lot of the first-party [studios] are working on, and the third-party [studios] are working on, take advantage of the fact that they don’t have to carry the service themselves.

They can actually just live inside of the service and be exactly what they are.

Game Pass may have been a big gamble for Microsoft, but it paid off handsomely now that many a studio and publisher are flocking to their evergreen pastures. There’s a lot of variety on the way, in the form of the Yakuza series, Final Fantasy games and even more recent action fare such as RAGE 2. Which so far, is just noice.

Last Updated: November 15, 2019

20 Comments

  1. Nice lineup of games you got there. I would almost start to believe this Netflix media box is a console.

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  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 15, 2019 at 08:58

    That’s the carrot, now what’s the stick?

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    • Yozzie

      November 15, 2019 at 08:58

      It costs money per month and you don’t get to keep any games

      https://i.imgur.com/Zjcoood.jpg

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      • Son of Banana Jim

        November 15, 2019 at 09:05

        It’s probably the biggest scam in gaming today – more so than cosmetic microtransactions, pay-to-win time savers or even loot boxes.

        “Hi kids, want to pay us a monthly fee to play online?”
        “you do…? Oh my….”
        “Guess what kids, you can pay us even more, how about locking yourself into a subscription, but at the end of the day, you’ll own nothing… Not even your game saves will be yours”

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          November 15, 2019 at 09:10

          Cynical old me is pretty concerned about what all these gaming sub services will lead to in 5/10 years time. People are way too easily distracted by pretty PR, cheap prices, and shiny toys to think about the business behind it.

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        • LouahZA

          November 15, 2019 at 13:23

          I take it you have never tried it? Its the best thing to come out of the 2000s at a minimal cost, you get endless supply of games that no normal person can keep up with… who wants to own a game after you are done playing it? Thats like playing battlefield 2 when 9 is out. What I pay for a year’s worth of 100s of games is the cost of one AAA title today. And best of all all the newly MS acquired studios release directly to gamepass. So I will try and say with the uttermost respect, that you have no clue what you are talking about.

          Best regards.

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    • Son of Banana Jim

      November 15, 2019 at 09:12

      It’s not a carrot, it’s a piece of old cheese in a mousetrap.

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  3. Yozzie

    November 15, 2019 at 08:58

    Nice lineup of games you got there. I would almost start to believe this Netflix media box is a console.

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    • Son of Banana Jim

      November 15, 2019 at 09:05

      Don’t give Google any ideas… oh wait.. Stadia is almost out.

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