The biggest Star Wars game of the year is coming to Xbox Game Pass
The galaxy far, far away is back and blockier than ever
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🥳 The next round of Xbox Game Pass releases has been announced
⭐ LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will be hitting the platform this month
🍯 It’ll be joined by Justin Roiland’s new game High on Life and Potion Craft
🤩 Subscribers will have 11 new games to dip into
Microsoft has announced the next batch of games hitting Xbox Game Pass, and there are a few gems among them.
Leading the pack is LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Traveller’s Tales’ latest blocky do-over of the galaxy far, far away. It’s something of a series reboot, throwing out the arcade feel of past games for more involved combat mechanics and quests. It covers the entire film franchise, too, so you can see the sweet, sweet vehicles and characters of every Star Wars era recreated in Lego.
Xbox Game Pass will also add High On Life later in the month. The comedy sci-fi FPS was co-created by Justin Roiland of Rick & Morty fame, and looks to have almost exactly the same vibe: lots of silly characters, irreverent humor and biotechnological alien worlds. It also features a sentient gun, which can morph into different weapons on the fly, each sporting a different personality – and a different voice of Roiland.
Potion Craft should also be on your radar. Described as an “alchemist simulator”, it’s a placid sandbox puzzler with a gorgeous art style based on medieval manuscripts – a bit like that other recent standout Xbox Game Pass release, Pentiment. It’s unlikely to ever make its way onto our list of the best Xbox Series X games, but its experimental mix of crafting and commerce is a delight.
Here’s every game coming to Xbox Game Pass this month:
🍃 Eastward (Cloud, Console, and PC) – available now
🧟♂️ The Walking Dead: The Final Season (Cloud, Console, and PC) – available now
🚚 Totally Reliable Delivery Service (PC) – available now
🧱 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Cloud, Console, and PC) – December 6
🔑 Hello Neighbor 2 (Cloud, Console, and PC) – December 6
⛓ Chained Echoes (Cloud, Console, and PC) – December 8
👿 Metal: Hellsinger (Xbox One) – December 8
🔫 High On Life (Cloud, Console, and PC) – December 13
🍶 Potion Craft (Console and PC) – December 13
🏎 Hot Wheels Unleashed – Game of the Year Edition (Cloud, Console, and PC) – December 15
🌈 Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan (Cloud, Console, and PC) – December 15
As usual, a bunch of games will also be leaving the platform. You’ve got until December 15 to play Firewatch, Aliens: Fireteam Elite and a few others to your heart's content.
It’s been a good couple of months for Xbox Game Pass subscribers. Battlefield 2042 was added to the platform last month. It came as a surprise but should go some way to buoy the shooter’s ailing player count. On top of that, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can get three months of Apple Music and Apple TV for free. Not bad at all.
If you don’t have Xbox Game Pass but want in on the action, use our Xbox Game Pass discount code for a bit of money off.
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