We've had a couple of Xbox Game Pass surprises this week, and one of them was that the new Tango Gameworks title, Hi-Fi RUSH, arrived on the service on the same day as the Xbox Developer Direct.
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has now commented on this, giving "all" the credit to developer Tango Gameworks, while highlighting that Xbox Game Pass makes the decision easy to release a game as a "shadow drop".
Here's what he had to say in a Twitter response earlier today:
"All credit goes to Tango Gameworks, they had an idea to build something new. Shadow drop was from Bethesda, it's fun to have some positive surprises, Xbox Game Pass makes the shadow drop easy, it won't be right for all games but awesome reaction to Hi-Fi Rush."
As mentioned, Hi-Fi RUSH has been getting an amazing reaction from Xbox fans so far, with a 4.1/5 average rating on the Xbox Store (that's actually very good for the Xbox Store!) and an "Overwhelmingly Positive" rating on the Steam store for PC. At this rate, it should become one of the highest-rated Xbox Game Studios titles of 2023.
We're hoping Microsoft might have a few other surprises like this in store for the future, as it was definitely our highlight of January's Xbox Developer Direct — although we also particularly enjoyed the Redfall and Forza Motorsport segments!