Xbox Game Pass rumors focus on potential unions with Nintendo Switch and Electronic Arts
Xbox Game Pass has already amassed over 23 million subscribers and the juggernaut game service should be well on its way toward the 30-million mark by now. With numbers like that, it would be reasonable to presume there are other companies beyond Microsoft that would like to get in on this particular money-making enterprise. Nintendo has been suggested before as a potential Game Pass partner, and new information has sparked furious speculation that this is going to be a match made in heaven coming soon.
Records revealed in the Epic Games v. Apple lawsuit have led to many simply proclaiming that Microsoft is definitely working with Nintendo about Xbox Game Pass expansion onto another platform and nothing else needs to be said about the matter. Nintendo stated that heavily redacted statements from the legal proceedings that showed the Game Pass team had been involved in discussions were “competitively sensitive information” between the Switch maker and Microsoft. The discussions could have been about many things, but a Game Pass and Nintendo union does seem a likely topic.
Further enhancing this latter prospect is the constant whispers in regard to the existence of a Nintendo Switch Pro or Switch 2 console, which could appear on the market later this year. Such an allegedly beefed-up device would be better for gamers to utilize the Xbox Game Pass service. It might not be only Nintendo taking advantage of the service’s growing numbers either, as CrazyLeaksOnATrain has claimed that Electronic Arts will have a deal in place that makes its games available on Game Pass on the day of release. That would include important AAA titles such as Battlefield 6 and the next installment of the FIFA series.
It’s important to take a leak like this with a pinch of salt, even if the source states “now I only mention things that are certain”. But just like with the persistent Nintendo rumor, a possible Electronic Arts and Microsoft union in regard to Game Pass doesn’t seem that unlikely. In addition, the same informer also reckons massive Ubisoft games like Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion will also appear on Xbox Game Pass soon, although without their expansions or downloadable content.
Nintendo says these portions of an Xbox biz dev exec's deposition in EpicvApple "reflect...competitively sensitive information about negotiations between Nintendo and Microsoft." She was primarily deposed about trying to bring xCloud to iOS and more broadly discussed console biz pic.twitter.com/UeTBRaVxmi— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) May 18, 2021
gamepass is going place this year and next..EA is all in on it with there future titles even the big ones coming in hot day 1— CrazyLeaksOnATrain (@CrazyLeaksTrain) May 19, 2021
Valhalla and legion will also be on gamepass soon aswell, expansion's / dlc not included