Sea of Thieves and other Microsoft Studios-developed games will be added to Xbox Game Pass on release day

By Stephany Nunneley
23 January 2018 14:22 GMT

Microsoft will add all new Xbox One exclusive, first-party games to Xbox Game Pass on release day.

The company announced today that all new games developed by Microsoft Studios will be available day-and-date with release.

This includes Sea of Thieves when it releases March 20. Upcoming titles State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3 were also mentioned, along with future iterations of Halo, Forza and Gears of War.

As part of today’s library expansion, Microsoft is also working with retail stores such as GameStop, to offer a 6-month Xbox Game Pass subscription card. It will be available at select retail partners for $59.99 beginning March 20.


The Xbox One games subscription service Xbox Game Pass launched in June 2017, allowing subscribers to play any Xbox Game Pass title as long as they wish. The caveat is the subscription must remain active.

Microsoft updates the service monthly with at least five new games, and the titles are cycled out after several months.

Should the Xbox Game Pass subscriber enjoy the title, they have the option to purchase the game once it’s replaced.

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