Xbox Game Pass: Can I play games after removal from catalog?

Xbox Game Pass: Can I play games after removal from catalog?

Xbox Game Pass

The rich catalog of Xbox Game Pass, which with the arrival of the new Bethesda titles can count on a total of 534 games (376 for Xbox consoles, 252 for PC and 226 for Android via the Cloud), is constantly changing.

Microsoft is constantly adding new titles, but occasionally removes others due to the expiration of exploitation rights. If you are here, then, it is because you want to know if it is possible to continue playing the games once you exit Xbox Game Pass.

Well, the short answer is no. Once removed from the Xbox Game Pass catalog, even if it remains installed on the console or PC, a title can no longer be played. The only way to keep playing it is to buy it. Xbox Game Pass subscribers have a great incentive to do so, as they can take advantage of a discount ranging from 10% to 20% on the purchase of the full version of a game in the catalog.

When you buy a game with the discount, this will remain your property forever. Likewise, any DLC you purchase also remains your property, regardless of whether you purchased the base game or not. Either way, every time you log into Xbox Live, your game data is saved online. This way, the next time you play the game (by purchasing it, starting it from a friend's house, or playing it again from Game Pass) you will be able to pick up where you left off.

Wait, Is ‘Outriders’ Launching On Xbox Game Pass?


People Can Fly

While the biggest Xbox Game Pass news of the week has been the arrival of 20 massive Bethesda titles after the Microsoft acquisition, there may be one more to add soon of some significance.

Game Pass has done this before, “leaking” a game coming to the service with a joke email, and now we have a new one from “Melissa McGamepass” which you can read below.



The most important line there is “Has anyone noticed a mysterious signal appearing in the distance lately or am I the anomaly in this situation?”

While yes, many sci-fi games have used both mysterious signals and anomalies in various plot points, there is one that uses both that is being released in…two weeks. Square Enix’s Outriders.

And some of the wording here is exact:

In addition to the mysterious signal mentioned there, the anomaly is the main focus of the entire game and the unstable storm on an alien planet that gives you your powers.

When it was first suggested to me that Outriders could be launching on Xbox Game Pass after this tease, I didn’t think that made much sense, considering you can already pre-purchase the game. But Microsoft has done things like this before, and it’s hard to rule anything out when it comes to their desire to make Game Pass attractive.

Square Enix’s last big deal was with PlayStation for Avengers, where that version of the game got a few bonuses and the promise of an exclusive Spider-Man hero still to come. But now for its other looter, it’s possible they went with Microsoft this time. The biggest looter on the market right now, Destiny 2, also did a deal with Microsoft to be on Game Pass with its new expansion, and it’s possible that was successful, so Microsoft pursued Outriders for this new deal.

It would just be a hell of a coincidence to see this phrasing dropped two weeks before Outriders arrives. One potential issue with this is that it could change minds about where people pick up the game, meaning their investment in the demo wouldn’t carry over because there’s no cross save. For instance I have four maxed characters and several legendaries on PlayStation, but if I wanted to switch over to Game Pass on Xbox, that wouldn’t carry over (demo progress saves for the final release of the game).

It’s possible that this is another sci-fi game that I can’t think of right now. Dead Space? I don’t know. But Outriders really does fit the bill based on what’s being teased here, and if there’s an official announcement, I would expect to hear it soon. Stay tuned for updates.

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