The Xbox Game Pass service is one that is continually evolving, with new games coming in, and going out, on a regular basis. And as we move into October 2020, the scheme is once more dropping some movement both in terms of games that are incoming to the service, and moving on out. But what are they? Well, the start of October 2020 promises to be a superb time to be an Xbox Game Pass subscriber.
DOOM Eternal – 1st October
Coming almost straight off the back that Microsoft are to acquire Zenimax and all their game studios, fans were thinking we would have to wait a bit longer before we would see the fruits of this takeover on Game Pass. Instead, we get DOOM Eternal releasing onto Game Pass on the 1st October, just over six months since it launched!
Continuing the theme of fast and visceral first-person combat, DOOM Eternal arrives on consoles just a couple of months after the excellent 2016 reboot disappeared from the streaming service. DOOM was the game I played and loved during lockdown a few months ago, so I for one am very much looking forward to playing the sequel. Hopefully just before the first DLC – The Ancient Gods Part One – arrives on 20th October.
Drake Hollow (PC) – 1st October
Drake Hollow has been on console Game Pass for a few months now but is shifting over to PC now also, as part of Game Pass Ultimate.
The Drakes in the title are actually walking vegetable-like humanoids that follow you around. However, it is also your responsibility to protect them, nurture them and feed them. Enemies known as the Feral have laid waste to the Drakes home and it is up to you to rid the world of the Feral and bring peace back to the Hollow.
Brütal Legend – 8th October
Another game appearing due to acquisitions, is Double Fine Productions’ heavy metal inspired hack and slash/real-time strategy hybrid, Brütal Legend. Complete with metal umlaut above the ‘u’.
Eddie Riggs – portrayed by none other than Jack Black – was just a humble roadie until he is dragged into an alternate world that looks straight off a heavy metal album cover. Some of the worlds actually are. He will need to bring together friends to free the world from a hellacious overlord.
Also, while we are here, does anyone else think that Double Fine founder Tim Schafer looks a bit like Jack Black?
Forza Motorsport 7 – 8th October
I’ll be honest here; I thought this game was already on Game Pass. Shockingly though, Forza Horizon 4 is currently the only Forza game on Game Pass. We at TheXboxHub would argue you don’t need another Forza, but Microsoft are kindly giving us one anyways.
Released way back in 2017, Forza 7 was also the last mainline entry, as the series has taken a bit of a break since then to – pun incoming – ‘gear up’ for Forza Motorsport on Xbox Series X. Many have since argued that the Horizon series represents the future of the Forza franchise, but 7 remains true to the roots of the series by being a much more realistic simulator.
With around 900 cars available to collect, Forza Motorsport 7 is another meaty addition to the Game Pass library.
Ikenfell (PC and Console) – 8th October
Finally, in this latest round-up is Ikenfell; an [email protected] title that is launching straight into Game Pass for both PC and consoles.
In words that will delight and frustrate players in equal measure, Ikenfell is a turn-based tactical RPG. You take charge of a group of magic students – that hopefully aren’t called Harry, Ron and Hermione for legal reasons – through various battles and challenges around their vast magic school. On their journey they will uncover plenty of treasure and loot, but also maybe some darker secrets that are best left covered.
With additions though, we have the usual removals, and we have a few notable ones to report that are leaving on 15th October:
- Felix the Reaper (PC and Console)
- Metro 2033 Redux (PC and Console)
- Minit (PC and Console)
- Saints Row IV Re-Elected (PC)
- State of Mind (PC)
Anyone currently playing through these, get a shift on!
There is also the news that EA Play will be coming to Xbox Game Pass on 10th November. That date should ring a bell too, as it is the launch date for the new consoles, so there will be no shortage of games to play on Day One.