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Hades and four other really good games are leaving Game Pass

Hades and four other really good games are leaving Game Pass


And not a whole lot is taking their place

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Artwork for Hades with a muscular man in ancient Greek clothing wit a crown of red, yellow, and orange laurels and a massive red sword hanging over his right shoulder.
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If you have a Game Pass subscription and have somehow, inexplicably, never gotten around to playing what was arguably the best game of 2020, your time is running out. Xbox has announced that Hades, along with a treasure trove of games — some of the best on the service — are leaving on August 31st. Here’s the full list:

  • Elite Dangerous 
  • Hades 
  • Myst 
  • NBA 2K22 
  • Signs of the Sojourner 
  • Spiritfarer 
  • Twelve Minutes
  • Two Point Hospital 
  • What Remains of Edith Finch 
  • World War Z 

Hades is one of those genre-redefining games. It is a roguelike that never actually feels like one because of how the story and the characters are weaved through the gameplay. And the gameplay itself is tight and enjoyable, with tons of powers, perks, and weapons you can choose to refine your loadout. When Hades joined Game Pass a little over a year ago, the game became a major selling point for the subscription service, landing on damn near everyone’s must-play list.

In addition to Hades, Game Pass is also losing several other really fricking good games, including Myst, Elite Dangerous, Spiritfarer, and my personal constantly slept-on favorite, What Remains of Edith Finch.

Of course, Game Pass also giveth when it taketh away. But while you’ll have the opportunity to play Her Story, writer Sam Barlow’s newest game Immortality, and the surprisingly decent Immortals: Fenyx Rising, none of the new additions will be able to fill the giant hole of quality those other games leave behind.

You’ve got until August 31st to play those hits, or else you’re going to be left out like The Verge’s Umar Shakir, who assumed Hades would always be there. Don’t be like Umar. Play Hades.

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