Xbox Game Pass Adds 2 Popular Games With Excellent Reviews (2024)

Highlights

  • SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Dig 2 are now available on Xbox Game Pass, bolstering the selection of celebrated metroidvanias on the subscription service.
  • Their additions to the XGP library arrive some half a year after Xbox Game Pass added SteamWorld Build.

Xbox Game Pass members can now play SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Dig 2 as part of their subscriptions. With their arrival on the subscription service, the number of June 2024 Xbox Game Pass additions has increased to 13.

Image and Form's SteamWorld is an anthology series of games set in a post-apocalyptic world with a steampunk aesthetic. SteamWorld Dig is the second entry in the franchise, released in 2014, whereas its direct sequel debuted in 2017. The latest franchise installment was also the first one to ever make its way to Microsoft's subscription service, with Xbox Game Pass adding SteamWorld Build as a day-one title back in December 2023.

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That release has now been joined by SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Dig 2, which reached Xbox Game Pass on June 26. While SteamWorld Build is a management sim, the newly added SteamWorld Dig games are both side-scrolling metroidvanias that largely play like action platformers. They also happen to be some of the best SteamWorld games in existence, based on their critical reception. Specifically, SteamWorld Dig boasts an OpenCritic average score of 82 and a 93% recommendation rate, while its sequel is rated at 88 and recommended by 98% of the aggregator's polled reviewers.

All New Xbox Game Pass Games in June 2024

Game

Date Added

Cloud

Xbox One

Xbox Series X/S

PC

Notes

Firework

June 4

Rolling Hills

Day-one release

Octopath Traveler

June 6

Returning title that was last available in February 2023

Octopath Traveler 2

Day-one release (Xbox)

Depersonalization

June 12

Isonzo

June 13

The Callisto Protocol

Still Wakes the Deep

June 18

Day-one release

My Time at Sandrock

June 19

Keplerth

June 20

EA Sports FC 24

June 25

PC Game Pass and UItimate tiers only

🆕SteamWorld Dig

June 26

🆕SteamWorld Dig 2

Robin Hood – Sherwood Builders

June 27

Player impressions of the newly added Xbox Game Pass titles are comparably positive, with SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Dig 2 boasting "Very Positive" and "Overwhelmingly Positive" Steam reviews, respectively, based on thousands of user impressions. As such, both of these releases significantly bolster the selection of high-quality metroidvanias on Xbox Game Pass, joining the likes of Hollow Knight, Monster Sanctuary, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, and the Ori series, among other celebrated titles.

These arrivals come with a few platform-specific caveats, as SteamWorld Build isn't available on PC Game Pass, whereas its sequel doesn't have Xbox Cloud Gaming support. The first game does, though, so PC gamers with an Ultimate-tier membership can still experience SteamWorld Dig via their subscription by streaming it. It's currently unclear why the PC version of the game wasn't added to the Xbox Game Pass library.

Microsoft's subscription service is confirmed to be introducing one more game before the end of the month in the form of Robin Hood – Sherwood Builders, which is scheduled to launch on June 27. Five other titles will then leave the XGP catalog on June 30. Beyond that, Xbox Game Pass already has six confirmed day-one releases for July 2024.

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