Forget Games with Gold, Xbox Game Pass got a big upgrade ready for April

Microsoft is set to announce its new Games with Gold April 2021 lineup later this week, but it’s going to be hard to top what is being planned for Xbox Game Pass.

The good news is that we won’t be waiting long before we find out what free games will be released next month.

The tech giant only has a few days left to share its Games with Gold April plans, meaning we will know by Wednesday, March 31.

But whatever is announced, it’s going to be difficult to beat the Xbox Game Pass in April.

Not only did we see a ton of new games go live this week, but a massive new one is being prepped.

March 25 saw the launch of several games, headlined by Octopath Traveler, a Square Enix RPG.

Xbox Game Pass also boasts Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life and Genesis Noir.

But the big one will be Outriders, which will be going live on April 1 as a game that can be played on Xbox One and Xbox Series X.

The good news is that it will be optimised for Xbox Series X, making it another next-gen title available on Game Pass.

“Outriders brings intense action and deep role-playing to Xbox Game Pass! Developed by People Can Fly, veterans of the shooter genre, Outriders presents a journey of survival across a savage planet, which can be tackled in both single-player and 1-3 player co-op.

“The premise of the story is, in the distant future, we attempt to colonize a planet that we believed to be a new home for humanity. Turns out, the planet doesn’t want us there.

“Electromagnetic storms (Anomalies) burn out all technology more sophisticated than a light bulb. Robbed of the technological advantages upon which we had relied on, and faced with a flora and fauna that hyper-evolved to combat the human threat, colonization efforts quickly break down into a bitter war of attrition for the last remaining resources available to humanity.”

It’s still a week until we get the latest titles from Games with Gold and Xbox Game Pass, but there are new things to check out this weekend.

Until Monday, March 29, you can download and play Tekken 7, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered, and Sid Meier’s Civilization VI.

Find descriptions for all three Free Play Days titles below:

Tekken 7

Tekken 7 takes the franchise to the next level with innovative fighting mechanics, new features, and photo-realistic graphics but keeps the classic 3D fighter fun. With over 30 characters, you’ll be sure to find the fighter to suit your style.

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered

Feel the thrill of the chase and the rush of the escape in this weekend’s inclusion for Free Play Days. Drive the world’s most desirable supercars on both sides of the law, including supercharged vehicles with tactical weaponry.

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

Attempt to build an empire that will stand the test of time in the turn-based strategy game originally created by legendary game designer, Sid Meier. Included in the Xbox One version of the game are four scenario packs for Vikings, Poland, Australia, and Macedonia.

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