Everything Coming and Leaving Xbox Game Pass in May 2021


No subscription service is perfect and Microsoft's highly-praised Xbox Game Pass is no exception. Despite offering the most value for money out of the multiple video game subscription services available today, the Xbox Game Pass has one slight flaw - it has to rotate games out of its library so that it can add more.

9 games will be joining Xbox Game Pass in May 2021 with 6 saying goodbye.

So, while Xbox Game Pass subscribers can expect to start playing nine more new games starting May 15, six will be leaving the service as well.

Scroll down below to learn more about the games coming to and leaving Xbox Game Pass in May 2021.

Games Leaving Xbox Game Pass in May 2021

You still have a couple of days to play Final Fantasy 9 before it leaves Xbox Game Pass in May 2021.

Perhaps the biggest and most popular game leaving Xbox Game Pass in May 2021 is Final Fantasy 9. Although the 2000 classic RPG title is not as popular as Final Fantasy 7, it is well-loved by series fans and widely considered one of the best RPGs ever made. The game's diverse and quirky cast of characters, as well as Active Time Battle system, was considered a throwback to then-classic Final Fantasy games.

Two more strategy games are also leaving Xbox Game Pass in May 2021 in Plebby Quest: The Crusades and Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2.

The former is a turn-based strategy title that takes place in Europe and the Middle East during the time of the crusades, with players tasked to maintain the entire kingdom as neighboingr countries and the religious elite scheme to take over. Meanwhile, the latter is set in the 40K universe where players can command fleets of spaceships and build the most powerful armada in the entire universe.

A fourth strategy game in Dungeon of the Endless will also be leaving Xbox Game Pass in 2021. The roguelike tower defense game is loosely connected to Endless Space and Endless Legend.

Finally, both Alan Wake and Hotline Miami will be saying goodbye to Xbox Game Pass in May 2021. Both are widely considered some of the best games in their respective genre. Alan Wake, in particular, received a lot of praise and was rumored to have a sequel in development. Unfortunately, the sequel never materialized.

If it's any consolation, Remedy Entertainment's subsequent projects, Quantum Break and Control, are both still available for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers.

Games Coming to Xbox Game Pass in May 2021

Dragon Quest Builders 2 is one of the 9 games joining Xbox Game Pass in May 2021.

As Ralph Waldo Emerson liked to say, "for everything you have missed, you have gained something else" and May 2021 will bring plenty of big games to the Xbox Game Pass.

A total of 9 games will be headed to Xbox Game Pass in May 2021. Perhaps the biggest of them all is FIFA 21, which is considered the best interaction of the realistic soccer simulation game franchise as long as you don't pay the microtransactions any attention.

The other 8 games set to join Xbox Game Pass in May 2021 are as follows:

  • Dragon Age Builders 2
  • Steep
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  • Just Cause 4: Reloaded
  • Psychonauts
  • Red Dead Online
  • Remnant: From the Ashes

As you can see, the lineup of new games for Xbox Game Pass in May 2021 is pretty stacked. With some existing titles having recently received FPS Boost updates along with a free Spotify Premium subscription, Microsoft's video game subscription service just got better.

Be sure to click here to know more about the Xbox Series X games on Xbox Game Pass.

Ray Ampoloquio
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