Microsoft has shown that it is not playing games when it comes to Xbox Game Pass, no pun intended.
This month alone we have seen Outriders launch on the platform and it was recently confirmed that MLB: The Show 21, a former PlayStation exclusive, would be launching on Game Pass later this month.
It seems that Microsoft is looking to follow what Sony is doing with PS Plus and add AAA third-party games to the service on day one and now they have their eyes set on an upcoming FPS game.
New FPS Game Coming To Game Pass
In a recent episode of the XboxEra Podcast, the show's host Nick Baker revealed that he has heard rumours that a new third-party game will be releasing on the platform on day one later this year.
Nothing was mentioned about what the game could be except that it is a third-party AAA first-person shooter.
"There's a certain third-party, AAA first-person shooter that is highly likely to be launching in Game Pass this fall,"
Which Game Is It?
When it comes to which game it could be, there are a few obvious choices out there, Call of Duty and Battlefield, the two largest third-party AAA FPS games.
Out of these two, Call of Duty would be an unlikely choice, especially considering the relationship that Activision has with Sony.
Battlefield is a possibility, the popularity of the series has taken a slight hit in recent years, especially as the games became more sporadic, so having a partnership with Xbox could be a good move.
But, there is one other option that does seem like it would be more likely.
Back 4 Blood is the spiritual successor of Left 4 Dead 2 and is due to release in October 2021, so it fits the timeline given.
It is also possible that there is a game that hasn't been announced yet, it is rumoured that there will be a new Xbox event this month, as well as E3 taking place in June, so there are a few possibilities.
Microsoft isn't messing around when it comes to Game Pass and are looking to make it their focal point over this next generation, and snapping up major releases is a great way to do that.