Today, August 31, 2022, is a sad day for Xbox Game Pass owners. No fewer than ten games are being dropped from the subscription-based service’s catalog of playable offerings. While it is normal for a few games to leave Game Pass over the course of a month, ten in one day is a dramatic drop – more than double the usual number. In addition, the games being removed from the service include a number of highly rated and fan favorite titles.
The ten games leaving Xbox Game Pass on August 31 are:
- Elite Dangerous
- NBA 2K22
- Signs of the Sojourner
- Twelve Minutes
- Two Point Hospital
- What Remains of Edith Finch
- World War Z
It’s an especially sad day for indie game fans, as Spiritfarer, Hades, Twelve Minutes, What Remains of Edith Finch, and Signs of the Sojourner are all well-reviewed indie titles with devoted fan bases. In particular, Hades, a roguelike title about prince of Hell Zagreus and his many attempts to escape his father’s realm, is an extremely popular and highly rated indie game, currently holding a score of 94 on OpenCritic and receiving recommendations from 99% of critics.
Of course, the news is not all bad, as Xbox has announced a number of new titles coming to the Game Pass service throughout the month of September 2022. Nine games have been confirmed, including:
- Beacon Pines
- Disney Dreamlight Valley
- Grid Legends (Xbox Game Pass Ultimate only)
- Hardspace: Shipbreaker
- Slime Rancher 2
- Train Sim World 3
Notably, two of these offerings, Disney Dreamlight Valley and Slime Rancher 2, will be joining Xbox Game Pass as early access titles. In addition, the popular time-loop based action-adventure title Outer Wilds will be released with a number of upgrades and enhancements designed for the Xbox Series X and S consoles. These titles will be appearing throughout the month, with the racing game Grid Legends being the first to join the lineup on September 1st.
Which of these games leaving Xbox Game Pass will you be missing the most? Did you get a chance to play them all before they left? Which of the new titles are you most excited for? Comment below and let us know! For more on all things Xbox Game Pass, stay tuned right here at GameLuster.