December Xbox Game Pass Arrivals are Here
The December Xbox Game Pass lineup is huge. There’s just about something for everyone this month. More importantly, we’re starting to see how Game Pass is really reaching a diverse amount of gamers. With more additions coming to things like Android and PC, Xbox’s future is with the people, not the peripheral. There’s a lot to be excited about this month, so we’re going to take a look at all the things coming in December and figure out what to play first.
What’s Coming to Xbox Game Pass in December?
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Whether you’re getting a new Xbox Series X/S, picking up a good deal on a subscription, or just gaming more for the holidays, Game Pass is seeing a huge increase in members. It’s a great way to continue to build people around the Xbox brand but allow them to game how they’d like. This month’s lineup is no exception to the growing attention placed on Android and PC devices. For those that haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass Ultimate yet, for a limited time starting December 3 you can get your first three months for $1. If you subscribe, then you’ll have access to hundreds of games and more, including December’s additions.
Well well well, the rumors from that huge game pass tease were true. Leading this month’s lineup of arrivals is Control, the GOTY winner for many publications last year. The game arrives to Console and Android on December 3 along with a slate of other titles. Doom Eternal (PC) and Rage 2 (Android) are two AAA titles coming to the service in a unique way. Both of these games are playable on Xbox, but now they’ll get support on other Game Pass-accessible devices. Haven (Console & PC), Slime Rancher (Android & Console), Va-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action (PC), and Yes, Your Grace (Android, Console & PC) are all ID@Xbox titles. They’ll all accompany the three bigger names on December 3.
December Brings Dragon Quest, Indies, and More
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Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition (Console & PC) is coming December 4 to Xbox Game Pass. I’m really excited about this one. It feels unnatural to see a Dragon Quest game on Xbox but I’m not complaining. Plus, this edition really brings a ton of content. There are extra quests, options to switch between 2D and 3D, and even Japanese audio. If you haven’t played a game with Japanese audio before, then this is a good chance to try it. The voice acting is always top-notch.
On December 8, three more ID@Xbox games come to the service as well. Puzzler Call of the Sea (Android, Console & PC), monster-collector Monster Sanctuary (Android & Console), and space sandbox Starbound (PC) really offer three totally different experiences. Thanks to Game Pass, it’s easy to try them all and see what fits your playstyle best. The cinematic platformer Unto The End (Console & PC) arrives December 9, followed by race simulator Assetto Corsa (Android & Console) on the 10th. Joining on the 10th as well are the multiplayer game Gang Beasts (Android & Console) and the phenomenal fantasy action-RPG GreedFall (Android, Console & PC).
Lastly, Superhot: Mind Control Delete (Android & Console) and Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (Android, Console & PC) also release on the 10th. I love it when the first Xbox Game Pass announcement only goes half-way through the month. It usually means more surprises are on the way!
Touch Control Options on Android
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If you play any of your games on Android, then you might know about touch controls. This is an additional option to increase accessibility to enhance your gaming experience. A few games are getting Android-supported touch control options this month. Those titles include:
- Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
- Golf With Your Friends
- The Touryst
- Vambrace Cold Soul
They’re all games that work well with touch controls. You’re not going to see The Master Chief Collection get added to something like this. Still, it’s enjoyable to play games in any way they feel natural to you. There’s never a bad side to adding more options for players. Xbox is embracing that big time and 2021 will bring even more opportunity to show off this approach.
What December Xbox Game Pass title are you excited for most? If you have a favorite on the way, then let us know in the comments! Thanks for reading Comic Years for all things gaming, comics, and pop culture.
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Taylor is the Gaming Editor of Comic Years and a lifelong fan of video games. He holds two degrees in Political Communication and wrote a Master's Thesis on resistance movements, race, and the exploitation of college athletes. His wife and two Toy Australian Sheppards keep him sane.