Game Pass is finally getting its first Xbox exclusive of 2022

Two people sit on a couch in a kitchen in As Dusk Falls.

screenshot: Microsoft

Well, that took a while. We’re seven months into the year, and Game Pass is just getting its first first-party offering of 2022: the narrative-driven party game As Dusk Falls. But that’s not the only title making its way to Microsoft’s games-on-demand service. Here is everything Coming to Game Pass in the coming weeks:

July 19th

  • As Dusk Falls (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation (pc)
  • guard dogs 2 (Cloud, Console, PC)

21 July

  • MotoGP 22 (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera (cloud, console)

29th of July

  • Inside (Cloud, Console, PC)

In the meantime, the following will be unavailable as of July 31:

  • Dodgeball Academy (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Katamari Damacy Reroll (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Lumines Remastered (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Omno (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Raji: An old epic (Cloud, Console, PC)

Game Pass’s big selling point isn’t just that it gives you instant access to a Netflix-style digital library of hundreds of games. It’s like you get every single Xbox game from first-party suppliers – from tentpoles like ForzaHorizon 5 to smaller fares like Obsidian’s forthcoming Buses– on the day of publication at no additional cost. Here’s the full list of games released so far this year by Xbox Game Studios, Microsoft’s first-party publishing label:

Yes, Xbox Game Studios hasn’t released a game since last fall Halo infinity. This lack of first-party releases has prompted some Game Pass subscribers to do so publicly indicate how the service does not fully live up to its promise. But at his non-E3 press conference in June Microsoft claimed 50 main games would go to Game Pass over the next year, many of which are set to be published by Xbox Game Studios.

The first of these is As Dusk Falls, developed by British studio Interior Night. It’s not strictly exclusive like Sony’s first-party games, for example; Like all games released on Xbox these days, it’s also coming to PC, a measure of Microsoft’s never-ending pursuit of cross-platform gaming. As Dusk Falls will also be available on Steam and the Microsoft Store. But players on PlayStation and Switch won’t get it, so the game is exclusive in every way.

I had a chance to play an early chapter of As Dusk Falls at a preview event last month. Though it’s rumored to be a take-and-choice narrative adventure game — a crime thriller set in the late ’90s — the story isn’t the main attraction. As Dusk Falls is really a party game. Up to eight players can play simultaneously by connecting their smartphones to the game. At each narrative junction, the game pauses while players vote on what actions a particular character should take, but each player has a limited number of overrides they can use to dictatorially guide the party’s choice. (My choice every time? Chaos.) It’s inflammatory.

While it’s a blast and totally worth checking out with a group of friends, As Dusk Falls isn’t the kind of big first-party blockbuster that brings new subscribers to the folds of Game Pass. But hey, at least it’s something.

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Curtis Crabtree

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