Microsoft are focusing heavily on Xbox Game Pass, making it the Netflix of gaming.
In 2020 Microsoft acquired ZeniMax, bringing studios such as Bethesda under its Xbox Games Studios umbrella.
EA's subscription service, EA Play, was also added to Xbox Game Pass and there is currently rumours that Ubisoft's Ubisoft+ may be coming to Game Pass too.
It is also worth noting that all first party and exclusive titles will be launching on Xbox Game Pass on day 1.
Final Fantasy Coming To Game Pass
In 2019 it was announced that 10 Final Fantasy titles would be coming to Game Pass starting in 2020.
Throughout 2020 we saw Final Fantasy 7 (the original not the remake), Final Fantasy 8 Remastered, and Final Fantasy 9 come to the platform.
That still leaves 7 titles to be released, and we know 6 of them.
At XO19 the list of Final Fantasy games that would be coming to Game Pass was revealed.
It was stated that all of them would be added in 2020, however we only saw 3 emerge.
The games are:
- Final Fantasy 7 (1997)
- Final Fantasy 8 Remastered
- Final Fantasy 9
- Final Fantasy X/X2 Remastered
- Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age
- Final Fantasy 13
- Final Fantasy 13-2
- Final Fantasy 13: Lightning Returns
- Final Fantasy XV
In total that is 9 games, it could be 10 if you count 10 and 10-2 as 2 games despite being bundled as one release.
But, it could also mean that another Final Fantasy game is coming to Xbox Game Pass.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake
In April 2020 Final Fantasy 7 Remake was finally released for PlayStation.
Having first been teased in 2005 during a PS3 tech demo at E3, the remake fans have wanted for years was finally released.
It was released as a timed exclusive for PlayStation, the exclusivity will last for one year, meaning the game will likely release on Xbox and PC some time after April 2021.
Could Final Fantasy 7 Remake be the 10th game that is coming to Xbox Game Pass?
When Will They Be Added?
With only 3 of the 10 coming to the platform in 2020, we can expect the remaining 7 to be added at some point during 2021.
Speaking to True Achievements, a Microsoft spokesperson explained the future plans saying,
“We have done so throughout 2020 and will continue to do so in 2021 and beyond. We look forward to announcing specific launch dates for more Final Fantasy titles in the future.”