Microsoft Announces New Game Pass Titles for Console and PC

Posted on March 4, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Games, PC gaming, Xbox, Xbox One with 1 Comment

Microsoft announced several new titles for Game Pass on console and PC, outside of the normal bi-monthly schedule. The console games are all set for release in the first half of the month while the PC games, as usual, are simply listed as “coming soon.”

Here’s what’s new on console.

NBA 2K20. Coming March 5. “2K continues to redefine what’s possible in sports gaming with NBA 2K20, featuring best in class graphics and gameplay, groundbreaking game modes, and unparalleled player control and customization. Plus, with its immersive open-world Neighborhood, NBA 2K20 is a platform for gamers and ballers to come together and create what’s next in basketball culture.”

Train Sim World 2020. Coming March 5. “Take to the rails with the brand-new Train Sim World 2020 Edition and find everything you need to master in this immersive simulator that uses real-world data to bring to life the performance, sounds, and power of real trains. Featuring complete in-cab interactivity, accurate detail on locos, real-world routes and many hours of compelling gameplay.”

Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Coming March 11. “A day one release available on Xbox Game Pass! Embark on an all-new adventure in a vast world filled with new friends and foes that come to life in stunning, hand-painted artwork. Ori is no stranger to peril, but when a fateful flight puts the owlet Ku in harm’s way, it will take more than bravery to bring a family back together. Set to a fully orchestrated original score, Ori and the Will of the Wisps continues Moon Studios’ tradition of tightly crafted platforming action and deeply emotional storytelling.”

Pikuniku. Coming March 12. “An absurdly wonderful puzzle-exploration game that takes place in a strange but playful world where not everything is as happy as it seems. Help peculiar characters overcome struggles, uncover a deep state conspiracy and start a fun little revolution in this delightful dystopian adventure.”

And here’s what’s coming soon on PC.

The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game. “Build a deck of iconic heroes and challenge the forces of Sauron in this thrilling tactical card game. Go forth on your own or join forces with a friend and explore famous locations, complete story-driven quests, and forge your own legend of Middle-earth. But beware the Eye of Sauron. Should you draw his attention, all will be lost…”

Mother Russia Bleeds. “An old-fashioned beat ’em up with big doses of adrenaline and trippiness, somewhere between the classic style of Streets of Rage and the ultra-violence of Hotline Miami. Set in a cold, ruthless Soviet Union, Mother Russia Bleeds aims to conjure up anxiety, unease, and frenzy.”

Ori and the Will of the Wisps. “Available on release day for Xbox Game Pass for PC! [So, March 11, then.] Ori is no stranger to peril, but when a fateful flight puts the owlet Ku in harm’s way, it will take more than bravery to bring a family back together, heal a broken land, and discover Ori’s true destiny. Embark on an all-new adventure in a vast world filled with new friends and foes that come to life in stunning, hand-painted artwork. Set to a fully orchestrated original score, Ori and the Will of the Wisps continues Moon Studios’ tradition of tightly crafted platforming action and deeply emotional storytelling.”

Pikuniku. “An absurdly wonderful puzzle-exploration game that takes place in a strange but playful world where not everything is as happy as it seems. Help peculiar characters overcome struggles, uncover a deep state conspiracy, and start a fun little revolution in this delightful dystopian adventure!”

Train Sim World 2020. “An immersive simulator that uses real-world data to bring to life the performance, sounds, and power of real trains. Featuring complete in-cab interactivity, accurate detail on locos, real-world routes and hours of gameplay. Take to the rails with the brand-new Train Sim World 2020 Edition and find everything you need to master new train simulator skills.”

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