The Microsoft service (which is called simply Game Pass by many) might provide another publisher along EA Play to strengthen its line-up, but a swap may be happening.
We have previously written about how Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – on consoles, as the PC version was delayed to 2021… – expanded by the addition of EA Play, which is essentially the same deal by Electronic Arts (for a monthly fee, you gain access to a backlog of EA titles). This might be joined by Ubisoft if rumours are to be believed.
The service, which was previously called Uplay+, is now called Ubisoft+, and, according to Idle Sloth, it might join EA Play at the end of 2021, but it’s more likely that it’s going to replay that service. While we are at it, let’s see the ten rumours he posted on a webpage: „Inxile Entertainment is currently working on a Steampunk AAA RPG. The game supposedly has the second-highest budget for an Xbox game in development aside from Halo (Bethesda/Zenimax not included); Obsidian is developing 6 projects including three AAA RPGs. Having grown quite quickly and depending on how lightly in development is being used this may be true; Xbox has secured publishing rights for a big unannounced AAA surprise that will launch in 2021; xCloud will be joining several new markets next year including iOS and Samsung TVs; Several additional titles are launching exclusively to the Xbox ecosystem next year with Forza Horizon 5, Starfield and Wolfenstein 3; UPlay is going to be coming to Xbox Gamepass subscription just like EA Play did for Holiday 2021; Xbox will be dropping Xbox Live Gold or rolling it into the Game Pass service. Free 2 play games will not require any subscription; All (non-MMO) Bethesda/Zenimax titles will be exclusives starting in 2021; Xbox is swinging big again and will be acquiring SEGA in 2021; Xbox has already acquired two additional studios aside from Bethesda/Zenimax with one being large and the other being small.
That list sounds massive, but many of these seem realistic (studio acquisitions, SEGA, Zenimax-exclusivity except for the already announced multiplatform titles, such as Ghostwire: Tokyo). However, nothing is official yet – better keep an eye on Microsoft and Phil Spencer (head of Xbox) to announce this all.