And Microsoft introduces Ultimate subscriber Perks.
Microsoft has revealed the next batch of titles heading to Xbox Game Pass on PC and Xbox One over the next few weeks, including the likes of Ninja Theory’s Bleeding and sci-fi Souls-like The Surge 2, as well as details of its new Perks scheme for Ultimate subscribers.
Starting with Xbox One, tomorrow, 19th March, sees the arrival of aerial shooter Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, as well as The Surge 2, and well-received indie mystery Kona, in which a private detective investigates a small Canadian village in the 1970s.
That’s followed by Bleeding Edge and its colourful blend of third-person melee action and class-based 4v4 multiplayer on 24th March, and primary-hued fighting game Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid on 26th March.
Xbox Game Pass subscribers on PC, meanwhile, can expect Bleeding Edge, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, and The Surge 2 in the coming weeks, alongside Astrologaster, a sort of choose-your-own-adventure comedy (with songs!) set in Elizabethan England. None of these have release dates, so interested parties should keep an eye on the relevant news channels.
Rounding out today’s Xbox Game Pass news, Microsoft has also announced a new initiative for its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate package, known as Perks. These are regular benefits for subscribers that range from in-game content to DLC.
March’s Perks include the gorgeous Ori-inspired Ancestral Sails, Figurehead, Hull, and Flag for Sea of Thieves, five Gods, special character skins and voice packs for Smite, unique emotes and in-game cosmetics for Phantasy Star Online 2, and more.
Microsoft says these can be located on the Xbox Game Pass tab on Xbox One, within the Xbox Game Pass mobile app, or through the Xbox app on Windows 10. I’ve asked the publisher if it has plans to offer these Perks to Xbox Game Pass subscribers on PC without the need for an Ultimate subscription, seeing as the subscription’s Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold bundle will presumably be redundant for most PC players.