Microsoft will release new first-party Xbox games on Xbox Game Pass on their global retail launch dates. Subscribers to Microsoft’s buffet game service will play Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, the next Forza, the next Halo, and anything else Microsoft Game Studios publishes on the same day everyone else gets to buy them. Going forward, Xbox Game Pass won’t just be a service for older games, significantly increasing its value to people unwilling to pay for access to titles that may have already gone on deep discount or even been offered as freebies in the Games for Gold program.
Xbox Game Pass launched in June 2017. It costs $9.99 per month to subscribe.