False alarm, everyone. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla seems like it isn’t coming to Xbox Game Pass. An e-mail promo began circulating around the internet seemingly showing that the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was coming to Xbox Game Pass. After posting the original story, a copy of the full image was shared, showing that the image was referencing games that will be optimised for the Xbox Series X/S.
Major Nelson also cleared up the confusion with a tweet stating “Confirming that the image containing Dirt 5, Assassin`s Creed Valhalla, and Destiny 2 Beyond Light are in reference to Games Optimized for Xbox Series X|S only. Sorry that was not clear.”
So while Assassin’s Creed Valhalla won’t be coming to the service, it is likely that games from ZeniMax and Bethesda will be coming to the service soon, including new games on day 1, after Microsoft acquired ZeniMax yesterday for $7.5 billion.
Microsoft has been coming out of the gate swinging with the Xbox Series X/S, and now rumours suggest they have secured another huge title for the Xbox Games Pass service, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is due for release on November 10th, the same day as the Xbox Series X/S release. The game is due to launch on Xbox One, Series X/S, PS4, PS5, and PC.
An e-mail promo for Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service has been circulating online, showing that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be coming to Game Pass. In addition, Destiny 2: Beyond Light, Gears Tactics, and Dirt 5 will be coming to the service at launch. The last 3 make sense, Destiny 2 is already confirmed, Gears of War is a Microsoft IP, and it has been confirmed Dirt 5 will be coming too. But as of right now there has never been any hint or confirmation that the new Assassin’s Creed game will be coming to the service.
Xbox Game Pass is a subscription based service that gives players access to over 150 games to download and play whenever they want. All of Microsoft’s first party IP’s, such as Halo, Gears Of War, and Forza release on the platform on day 1. There are also a large selection of third party games that rotate in and out. Yesterday it was announced that Microsoft had bought ZeniMax, who own Bethesda, meaning that it is likely current ZeniMax titles, and future games, will be coming to the service. Coupled with the fact EA Play will be added to Game Pass at no additional cost, Xbox has gotten a lot more attractive this generation. Phil Spencer also stated that there will be “really strong announcements” in regards to Game Pass, maybe this is one of them.
As of right now it is just a rumour and not an announcement. The promo image circulated from Reddit but we have been unable to find anyone else confirming and/or sharing the e-mail, and none of the staff here at Gamezo received this e-mail. But if Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is coming to Game Pass, this could be a huge blow right out of the gate to Sony. This could also be a sign of a shift in the industry away from traditional software sales to a more Netflix approach, which seems to be the direction that Xbox is headed. Users who subscribe to Game Pass Ultimate can now stream games such as Witcher 3, and Halo Master Chief Collection (which just saw ODST added to the PC version) directly to their smart phone or tablet.