Today, during the second ID@Xbox and Twitch Gaming indie showcase, Microsoft announced more high-profile games are due to launch on Xbox Game Pass soon.
Let’s start with the big news: Stardew Valley is coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox consoles ‘this fall’. If you’re on of the few players that hasn’t experienced this chill slice-of-life farming simulation title, you’ll be able to play it at no extra cost via your Xbox Game Pass subscription later this year.
It’s good timing, too; Stardew Valley’s big 1.5 update launched for consoles earlier this year, which added “late-game” content to the title and introduced the largest amount of content added to the game since launch (including split-screen and local co-op). Bear that in mind if you’re looking for something cosy to play as winter draws in.
Next up, we’re getting Aragami 2 (which launches on the service on September 17). The game, if you’re unfamiliar with the debut title, focuses largely on ninja-inspired fights and has some Tenchu vibes in there, too. Combat has been expanded and refined since the first game, and the team notes that it’s coming to this title more experienced and larger than it was whilst developing the first title. You can take a look at a gameplay trailer below if it’s piqued your interest.
Aragami 2 will be arriving on Game Pass for Xbox and PC at launch (but it’s also coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, too).
Next up, there’s Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous. Developer Owlcat Games is publishing the title via the new Prime Matter publishing label on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (with backward compatibility on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S) in 2021.
Today, we learned that though the game will debut on September 2 for PC, it will come to consoles on March 1, 2022, where it will be a Day One Xbox Game Pass exclusive.
For the curious, here’s a quick blurb:
Embark on a journey to a realm overrun by demons in a new epic RPG from the creators of the critically acclaimed Pathfinder: Kingmaker. Explore the nature of good and evil, learn the true cost of power, and rise as a Mythic Hero capable of deeds beyond mortal expectations.
Your path will take you to the Worldwound, where the opening of a rift to the Abyss has unleashed all-consuming terror across the land. For over a century, the neighboring nations have tried to withstand the threat coming from the portal and drive the enemy back, but to little avail. Now you have the chance to put an end to this conflict, but the path to salvation is far from clear-cut. Will you become a shining angel backed by worthy paladins? Or a powerful necromancer with hordes of immortal undead in your thrall? Or something else? Lead your army and challenge the mighty demon lords. Your crusade will set in motion a chain of events that will change the world – and you – forever.
It’s a bit of a mouthful, but that about covers what you can expect from the ambitious RPG when it launches on console next year.
Next, we saw that Pupperazi is ‘coming soon’ to the service. We think the game’s strapline sells it the most efficiently:
“Who will photograph, pet, and tell these dogs they’re good boys and girls if you don’t?? The world NEEDS you in Pupperazzi, the dog photography game!”
Think of it as a canine version of Pokemon Snap and you’re probably in the right ballpark. Though the game was announced for Xbox Game Pass during the stream, the Steam page for the title still says the release date is “woof bark bark”, so who knows when it’ll actually arrive.
Lastly, there’s Evil Genius 2.
On today’s indie-focused Xbox livestream, Rebellion revealed Evil Genius 2 for Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S, later confirming the game for PS4 and PS5. The console versions are due for release in Q4 this year and Evil Genius 2 will also be available on Xbox Game Pass at launch.
The only thing missing from today’s announcement is Switch news, which is sure to leave fans of the hybrid console hoping to play it on the go disappointed, though maybe a Steam Deck can solve that problem.