Sarah Bond, Microsoft’s VP of gaming business development, responded to the discussion later in the month with a breakdown of major third-party games expected to arrive throughout 2022 and early 2023 that could make a big splash on Game Pass. Those included everything from Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga to Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, including an analysis of how many hours each game was likely to be played on Game Pass, how much it would cost to get the game on the service, and whether the publisher who owned it would be likely to make a deal.
Here’s the full list of estimates:
Lego Star Wars: $35 million
Dying Light 2: $50 million
Cities: Skylines 2: unknown
Red Dead Redemption 2: $5 million per month
Dragon Ball: The Breakers: $20 million
Just Dance: $5 million
Return to Monkey Island: $5 million
Wreckfest 2: $10-$14 million
Baldur’s Gate 3: $5 million
Gotham Knights: $50 million
Assassin’s Creed Mirage: $100 million
Suicide Squad: $250 million
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor: $300 million
Mortal Kombat 1: $250 million
Grand Theft Auto V: $12-$15 million per month
Blood Runner: $5 million
Net Crisis Glitch Busters: $5 million
The estimates vary wildly depending on the size of the release as well as whether it would be day-and-date on the service.
Almost overlooked Gotham Knights joining Game Pass. I had zero temptation to buy the game, even before people started talking it down, but I do still have some love for the old Arkham games. If this is kind of a GAAS-ified version of those games, I could probably tolerate it for a little while.
It doesn’t feel GAAS’d to death so much as it feels compromised to accommodate multiplayer that I’ll never touch.
Not that there aren’t little things that feel GAASy, like overwhelmingly and needlessly complicated equipment and crafting elements that would feel right at home in a game with a premium currency to shortcut your hunt for the best loot, except there’s no such currency.
Whoever mentioned Beacon Pines above…THANK YOU! What a nice, tight visual novel! Finished it in 2 days straight. It’s got the same friendly feel-good vibes as Sea of Stars.
ooo more Yakuza’s! I’m glad I held off buying them! I suspected Sega will keep bringing them to Game Pass. (I bought the 3-5 PS4 box set at full price when it first came out, and it is still sealed, waiting for me to finish 0 and 1 and 2…might not actually happen in my lifetime…)