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Microsoft Expands Games Pass Program

When Games Pass launched in June of last year, it consisted of mostly older titles or games that had been previously featured as free in the Games-With-Gold program. Earlier this week, Microsoft made a big step in supporting the program by announcing several first party titles that would be available with Games Pass from launch. On release date, Game Pass members will be able to play Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, and State of Decay 2, all for a $10/month subscription fee. Microsoft also announced that future first party titles such as the next entries in the Gears of War and Halo series will also be available release date from Game Pass.

Anthem Delayed

BioWare’s new franchise, Anthem has been delayed until 2019. Originally announced with a gameplay demo at E3 2017, Anthem sees players exploring a vast open world with the assistance of mech suits similar to that of Iron Man. Developers cited a Fall 2018 release window initially, but that has since been pegged as “unrealistic”. The game is now scheduled for a release sometime beyond March of 2019.

Changes Coming to Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six: Siege is about to start it’s third season of content, and they’re going to be kicking it off with the new mode, Outbreak. Outbreak will begin as a four-week event where all players will be able to team up with friends to take on a “new and mysterious threat”, likely in the form of zombies. This event will be free to all owners of the game, and will provide opportunities for players to earn new cosmetics for their operators. This collection will be made up of 50 unique items which players will obtain from the game’s loot pack system. However, it is important to note, unlike other loot boxes, the Outbreak event’s will contain no duplicates, meaning if a player earns 50 packs, they will have all the items. Outbreak marks the first of four major content drops for Rainbow Six Siege‘s third season. Notably, the game’s price will also be changing back to a full $60 title, but will come with more in-game content for players.

Notable Releases:

Monster Hunter World [PS4/XboxOne/PC] – Step into the shoes of a hunter, going after monsters in a sprawling open world.

Celeste [PC] – A 2D platformer that has been receiving rave reviews for its genius level design and interesting mechanics.