Microsoft has revealed the latest slate of games heading to Xbox Game Pass, including a new life-sim that takes you into a Disneyified version of Pelican Town.
This month’s Xbox Game Pass release is titled Disney Dreamlight Valley. A cross between Stardew Valley, Animal Crossing, and nearly every popular Disney IP, it’s a lightweight RPG sim in which you explore a magical land and help the spirited characters who call it home. You’ll meet your neighbors, craft items, and complete quests.
Dreamlight Valley may have an influence up its sleeve, but it seems to be taking the genre in a few new directions. It puts a great focus on the narrative, challenging you to complete a plethora of main adventures and optional tasks, all given to you by classic Disney and Pixar characters. It’s also available to stream through Xbox Cloud Gaming if you’re an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber.
At the opposite end of the tonal spectrum is Metal: Helsinger. Also hitting Game Pass this month, the monstrous FPS is a mash-up of classic Rhythm games and Doom. You’ll have to rip and tear your way through hordes of horned monsters to the beat of an original heavy metal soundtrack. It features a whole bunch of acclaimed, pro musicians, including Serge Tankian of System of a Down, Randy Blyth of Lamb of God, and Matt Heaphy of Trivium.
Microsoft also announced (opens in new tab) That sci-fi strategy game Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation Game is coming to a close. A massive RTS, it simulates the Supreme Commander’s colorful bombing warfare, entrusting you to smash together vast armies of robots and frigates.
It is joined by the well-received mechanical puzzler Opus Magnum, locomotive simulator Train Sim World 3, the tongue-in-cheek driving game You Suck at Parking, and the tactical Rogue-like Despot game. Kids shooter DC League of Super-Pets: The Adventures of Krypto and Ace is also coming.
Here’s when all of this month’s Game Pass titles will go live:
- Disney Dreamlight Valley: Founders Edition (Cloud, Console and PC) – Available Now
- Opus Magnum (PC) – Available Now
- Train Sim World 3 (Console and PC) – Available Now
- Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation (PC) – September 13
- DC League of Super-Pets: The Adventures of Krypto and Ace (Cloud, Console and PC) – September 13
- You Suck in the Parking lot (Cloud, Console and PC) – September 14
- Despot’s Game (Console and PC) – September 15
- Metal: Helsinger (PC and Xbox Series X|S) – September 15
As always, a bunch of games will also leave Microsoft’s subscription service. You have until Thursday, September 15, to complete the following:
- A Plague’s Tale: Innocence (Cloud, Console and PC)
- Aragami 2 (Cloud, Console and PC)
- Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling (Cloud, Console and PC)
- Craftopia (Cloud, Console and PC)
- Final Fantasy XIII (Console and PC)
- Flynn: Son of Crimson (Cloud, Console and PC)
- I’m Fish (Cloud, Console and PC)
- Lost Words: Beyond the Page (Cloud, Console and PC)
- Mighty Goose (Cloud, Console and PC)
- Skatebird (Cloud, Console and PC)
- The Artful Escape (Cloud, Console and PC)