Xbox Game Pass for August: Age of Empires, Devil May Cry 5, Blair Witch

Devil May Cry 5 and Age of Empires: Definitive Edition join the Xbox Game Pass library today, with Ape Out and Bard’s Tale 4 on the way later, Microsoft announced from Gamescom.

They’re among the seven titles that will be added to the service over the next 10 days. Stellaris, whose console edition launched back in February, is also available beginning today. Microsoft said the spacefaring grand strategy game will come soon to Xbox Game Pass for PC, the company added.

Ape Out joins Xbox Game Pass on Thursday, Aug. 22. We had a load of fun with that game when it launched in November on Nintendo Switch. It’s a manic, funny, violent beat-’em-up with a hepcat drum accompaniment. Kingdom Come: Deliverance, the open-world RPG set in the Holy Roman Empire, also arrives to Game Pass on Aug. 22.

Bard’s Tale 4: Director’s Cut becomes available on Aug. 27, and is followed on Aug. 30 by Blair Witch. The adaptation of the 20-year-old film was announced back at E3 2019, and it figures to be a first-person horror game in the mode of P.T. and Outlast.

And for a sneak peek into September, Microsoft said that Dead Cells will be added to Game Pass on Sept. 5.

In addition to the games, Microsoft will be introducing some quality-of-life features to the service. Among these, players will now be able to search for friends from Facebook or Steam friends lists to find them on Xbox. Some adjustments to downloads mean players will be able to select which drive they want their game installed (if they are using more than one) and the disk space each title requires. And the Xbox Game Pass for PC library will eventually join the mobile app; it is in beta on both Android and iOS right now.

Microsoft is currently offering 2 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, its new service combining Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold, for $2 (usually $14.99/month) through Sept. 19.

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