Xbox Games Pass Expanding to PC with Over 100 Games

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Two years ago Microsoft launched Xbox Game Pass as a Netflix-like subscription service for Xbox One. Now that service is being expanded onto Windows PC. The service is still called Xbox Game Pass, and will include a large library of digital games through multiple PC stores including the Microsoft Store and Steam, as well as discounts on purchases.

“As the creators of Windows, we have a unique responsibility to ensure we’re investing in experiences that benefit players everywhere, while respecting the PC community’s preference for an open, highly customizable platform,” writes Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. “Xbox Game Pass for PC will give players unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, from well-known PC game developers and publishers such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, SEGA, and more.”

Over 75 developers and publishers will bring their games to Xbox Game Pass for PC, including recent studios acquired by Microsoft like Obsidian and InXile.

The most interesting news is that these games won’t be limited to Microsoft’s own Microsoft Store, often considered one of the weakest digital stores on PC. Spencer confirms more than 20 Xbox Game Studios games will launch on Steam, including Gears 5. No mention of other PC stores like GOG or Epic Games Store, but Spencer teases “other stores on PC” they are working with. Microsoft will continue to support cross-platform play between Xbox One and select Windows 10 PC games.

More details on Microsoft’s growing PC support and Xbox Game Pass will be announced at the Xbox E3 2019 press conference on Sunday, June 9. Spencer has recently confirmed 14 Xbox Game Studios games will be shown.

Discover New Slime Skins in Slime Rancher DLC Secret Style Pack

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Monomi Park has announced a new paid DLC pack for Slime Rancher. The Secret Style Pack (June 18) adds new alternate cosmetic skins for all 20 slimes.

Once installed, new treasure pods can be found scattered throughout the alien slime-filled world of the Far, Far Range. Each treasure pod will contain a new secret style for a slime. Each style can be turned off and on at the ranch house to make every slime appear with its new skin.

Note that it’s purely a cosmetic change. Slimes will still act, and eat, according to their normal slime type.

Below is a list of the new slime styles:

  • Sparkly (Pink Slime)
  • Monochrome (Quantum Slime)
  • Heavy Metal (Rock Slime)
  • Shattered (Mosaic Slime)
  • Tiger (Tabby Slime)
  • Nebula (Dervish Slime)
  • Angelic (Phosphor Slime)
  • Nightshade (Tangle Slime)
  • Radiant (Rad Slime)
  • Devilish (Fire Slime)
  • Arcane (Boom Slime)
  • Pre-Jellasic (Saber Slime)
  • Royal Jelly (Honey Slime)
  • Boomerang (Quicksilver Slime)
  • Lilypad (Puddle Slime)
  • Retro (Glitch Slime)
  • Ruby Red (Crystal Slime)
  • Gilded (Gold Slime)
  • Cheshire (Hunter Slime)
  • Guardian (Lucky Slime)

The Secret Style Pack will arrive first on PC (Steam, Epic Games Store) and later on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Slime Rancher is one of our favorite family-friendly games of the last several years (read our review). It’s currently available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One and rated E10+.

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Portal-Meets-Halo Shooter Splitgate: Arena Warfare Launching as Free-to-Play

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Indie developer 1047 Games announced that competitive shooter Splitgate: Arena Warfare will be launching as a free-to-play game on PC (Steam) on May 22.

“As Splitgate evolved, we realized that players would be best served with a free-to-play model. We want to ensure that everyone who wants to play has the opportunity to do so,” said Ian Proulx, CEO, 1047 Games. “Rest assured this will not detract from its hyper-competitive design – all items for sale in the game are purely cosmetic.”

Spiltgate is succinctly described as competitive Halo meets Portal. It features a (now) old school multiplayer shooter design combined with portal guns to zip around the arenas. Combatants keep their momentum as they create their own linked portals and hurtle through the arena to grab weapons and flank opponents.

The free to play model will be supported by a real money loot store where players can purchase cosmetic skins for weapons, gear, and armor.

Splitgate: Arena Warfare will launch on PC on May 22, and include a competitive W-L ranking system. Other consoles are being considered. The game has not been rated by the ESRB. Read about our hands-on preview for Splitgate back in January.

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Epic Games Acquires Rocket League Developer Psyonix

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Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite, have been making waves in the gaming industry by snatching up deals to release new and upcoming PC games exclusively on their Epic Games Store. With the latest news that Epic has acquired Psyonix, those deals are now extending into acquiring entire game developers.

If you’re worried that the same exclusivity fate will befall Rocket League, Epic and Psyonix are quick to address those concerns. “In the long term we expect to bring Rocket League to the Epic Games store and to leverage our new relationship to grow the game in ways we couldn’t do on our own before. We believe that bringing Rocket League to new audiences with more support is a win for everybody.” Epic plans on bringing Rocket League to the Epic Games Store later this year.

In a later update the official statement added: “We wanted to clarify something for you after today’s news: Rocket League is and remains available on Steam. Anyone who owns Rocket League through Steam can still play it and can look forward to continued support.”

“Psyonix has always been a part of the Epic family, and we’re happy to make it official,” said Tim Sweeney, CEO, Epic Games. “We have great respect for how Psyonix has built an excellent team and an incredible community around Rocket League.”

Though Rocket League has never come close to Fortnite’s meteoric rise in popularity, it remains a cherished online competitive sports-car hybrid game, and has been one of the biggest champions of cross-platform play.