We've stumbled upon an interesting little discovery from a Twitter user, who has pointed out that the Microsoft Store on PC appears to be suggesting the potential removal dates for various current Xbox Game Pass titles.
By heading to the Microsoft Store app on Windows 10 and then searching for your game of choice, you'll see in many cases that the game is discounted by 20% up until a certain date — and that date could potentially be when the game will be removed from Xbox Game Pass. However, this should not be taken as confirmation.
There are far too many games on Xbox Game Pass for us to list them all, but here are some of the biggest:
|Game||Potential Leave Date|
|A Plague Tale: Innocence||1st February, 2022|
|Back 4 Blood||16th October, 2022|
|Control||1st February, 2022|
|Dark Alliance||1st July, 2022|
|Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age||1st January, 2023|
|Gang Beasts||1st April, 2022|
|Hades||16th August, 2022|
|Injustice 2||1st January, 2023|
|Just Cause 4||16th May, 2022|
|Maneater||1st June, 2022|
|Middle-earth: Shadow of War||15th February, 2022|
|Mortal Kombat 11||16th December, 2022|
|Outriders||1st April, 2022|
|Resident Evil 7: Biohazard||1st September, 2022|
|Scarlet Nexus||1st January, 2023|
|Stardew Valley||1st December, 2022|
|Subnautica: Below Zero||1st October, 2022|
|The Medium||1st February, 2022|
|Yakuza: Like a Dragon||16th June, 2022|
As mentioned previously, the dates above should not be taken as confirmation, as the Microsoft Store is known for changing dates around constantly — just because a game says its sale is ending on February 1st, it doesn't necessarily mean it's actually going to leave Game Pass on that day. In other words, don't go panic buying just yet.
Some of these definitely do add up, though. Hades, for example, was added to Xbox Game Pass in August 2021, so it would make sense if it leaves in August 2022. The same goes for Outriders, which joined the service in April of 2021, and will likely depart around April 2022. Some of the other dates seem a little less likely, but possible.
It'll be interesting to see if the likes of Control and The Medium are announced for removal in early February, but for the time being, don't read into this too much. If you want to check a specific game for yourself, search for the "Microsoft Store" on Windows 10, type in the name of the title, and if it's on sale for 20% off, look for the end date.
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