It’s time for a new Game Pass rotation, and this month brings with it a compelling line-up headlined by a surprise inclusion that will have JRPG fans especially excited. That’s because Square Enix’s previously Nintendo-exclusive Octopath Traveler is making its debut on Xbox and PC this month via Game Pass.
News of the game’s leap to multi-platform comes as a stealth drop, with neither Microsoft nor Square Enix having previously suggested anything was in the works.
Octopath Traveler is, of course, the 2018 turn-based JRPG that earned critical acclaim for its sublime “HD 2D” aesthetic, engaging gameplay loop, and an unusual narrative design that tells eight disparate stories about each of the game’s main characters.
Twinfinite reviewed the game and was thoroughly impressed, scoring it 4.5/5, praising its narrative, in particular, for “telling intimate stories about grief, friendship, adventure, and redemption.”
Beyond Octopath Traveler, there are a bunch more new games coming to Game Pass, including the upcoiming new release Outriders.
Here’s the full list of new games arriving between today and March 30:
- Undertale (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – Available today
- Empire of Sin (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – March 18
- Nier: Automata (PC) – March 18
- Star Wars: Squadrons (Console) EA Play – March 18
- Torchlight III (PC) – March 18
- Genesis Noir (Console and PC) [email protected] – March 25
- Octopath Traveler (Console and PC) – March 25
- Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire – Ultimate Edition (PC) [email protected] – March 25
- Supraland (PC) [email protected] – March 25
- Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (Cloud, Console and PC) – March 25
- Narita Boy (Cloud, Console and PC) [email protected] – March 30
- Outriders (Cloud and Console) – April 1
Three games will also receive DLC updates over the next month:
- Minecraft x Uniqlo Skin Pack, Vol.2
- Sea of Thieves Third Anniversary Event – March 18 to March 21
- The Outer Worlds: Murder on Eridanos DLC – March 17
Here are the three games leaving Game Pass on March 31:
- Hyperdot (Console and PC)
- Journey to the Savage Planet (Console)
- Machinarium (PC)
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks
- Apex Legends: Mass Effect N7 Weapon Charm.
- Rainbow Six Siege: Doc Byte Set – Claim by April 5
- World of Tanks: Legend of War Pack – Claim by March 31
Game Pass Quests
- Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 – 200 points: Vanquish 3 zombies or 3 plants (Starting March 16)
- Dragon Age: Inquisition [EA Play] – 200 points: Slay 15 enemies in single-player mode (Starting March 23)