Well, many believed this to be the case given the tease by the official Xbox Game Pass account last week, but we’re also still surprised. This morning, via Xbox Wire, the Xbox team confirmed that the new Square-Enix published Outriders will launch on Xbox Game Pass when the game officially releases on April 1st.
Starting April 1 (not an April Fool’s joke, I assure you), Xbox Game Pass for Console and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can jump into this true genre-hybrid from Square Enix, which combines brutal combat with deep RPG systems. Outriders is set in the distant future where players attempt to colonize a planet that they believe to be a new home for humanity. Turns out, the planet doesn’t want them there. Oops. A mysterious storm called the Anomaly burnt out all the tech that’s more advanced than a lightbulb, hyper-evolved the wildlife into ferocious monsters, and colonization efforts broke down into a bitter war of attrition for the last remaining resources available to humanity.
This is pretty incredible and we have reached the day where a game will launch into Game Pass while also launching for $60+ on other platforms. Stay tuned for loads more coverage on Outriders in the coming weeks and if you missed it, check out our preview as well!