The gaming community is abuzz with speculation that Elden Ring, the Game of the Year for 2022, might be making its way to Xbox’s popular Game Pass subscription service.
This conjecture stems from a cryptic tweet by Xbox Vice President Sarah Bond, which fans have interpreted as a hint towards the game’s potential inclusion in the service.
The Game Pass Evolution
Xbox Game Pass has recently announced the conversion of all Xbox Live Gold subscriptions into Xbox Game Pass Core, effective from September 14. This new tier of Game Pass will enable online multiplayer and provide users with a library of 25 console games.
Priced a dollar cheaper than the base console version of Game Pass, Core represents a separate tier of the service.
Elden Ring: A Gaming Phenomenon
Developed by FromSoftware, Elden Ring is the studio’s first open-world Soulslike game. It has captivated millions of fans with its deep combat mechanics, challenging boss battles, and an expansive, dangerous open world that encourages exploration.
Winning the Game of the Year award at The Game Awards 2022, Elden Ring has been hailed as one of the greatest games of all time by many.
The Cryptic Tweet
Sarah Bond’s tweet, which consisted of two emojis – an elderly man’s face and a ring, along with the Xbox hashtag, has sparked speculation about Elden Ring’s potential appearance on Xbox Game Pass. She followed up the post with the same emojis and an image from the game featuring the Elden Ring logo.
However, it’s worth noting that Bond has been using a similar emoji-based approach to hint at several other games on Twitter. Titles like Ravenlok, Tunic, Grounded, Stardew Valley, Psychonauts 2, and upcoming Xbox games like Fable and Clockwork Revolution have all received similar emoji treatments.
Given that all these games are either currently available on Xbox Game Pass or confirmed to be in the future, it’s not far-fetched to consider Elden Ring might join them.
The Potential Impact
If Elden Ring were to join Xbox Game Pass, it would undoubtedly be a significant addition to the service. The prospect of a surge in subscriber counts just before the release of Xbox’s own massive RPG, Starfield, would be a strategic move by Game Pass.
As anticipation builds for Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree DLC, having FromSoftware’s open-world Souls masterpiece available on Game Pass would indeed be a smart move by Xbox.