Game Pass Is Really Blowing Up In September

Game Pass Is Really Blowing Up In September
Screenshot: Frontier Developments

As a cynical, bitter, battle-worn games critic, I would like nothing better than to declare what a disastrous mess Microsoft is making of Game Pass. But damn them, they’re not, and the line-up of new additions coming in the second half of September is pleasingly strong. Another 13 games are getting added by October 1st.

Headlines include Aragami 2, Subnautica: Below Zero, Astria Ascending, SkateBird, Lemnis Gate, Superliminal… oh blimey, the whole list is headlines this time. I was planning to buy so many of these, and now — because I’m incapable of the necessary financial responsibility to be trusted with monthly subscriptions — they all feel like they’re going to be free. Free! (They’re not free. You need to pay the monthly or yearly subscription for the service.)

Here’s the complete list:

September 15

  • Flynn: Son Of Crimson (Cloud, Console, PC)

September 16

  • I Am Fish (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • SkateBird (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Superliminal (Cloud, Console, PC)

September 17

  • Aragami 2 (Cloud, Console, PC)

September 23

  • Lost Words: Beyond The Page (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Sable (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Subnautica: Below Zero (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Tainted Grail: Conquest (PC)

September 28

  • Lemnis Gate (Console, PC)

September 30

  • Astria Ascending (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Unsighted (Console, PC)

October 1

  • Phoenix Point (Console)

However, sacrifices must be made for such bounty to be bestowed upon us, and a few games will be leaving Game Pass too. Which is of course a healthy reminder that, in fact, no, you do not own anything on Game Pass, and that monthly tithe to Microsoft was only ever rental at their discrimination. So come September 31, say goodbye to:

  • Drake Hollow (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Ikenfell (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Night In The Woods (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Kathy Rain (PC)
  • Warhammer Vermintide II (Cloud, Console)

And Ari thought last month’s offerings were “stacked.” (He’s young and cool and can say words like “stacked,” whereas if I even tried I’d be instantly bundled into the back of a van and taken to a secure facility for the elderly.) That’s a stellar line-up.

Sable looks so beautiful, can’t wait to see if it holds up. And Superliminal is either going to be incredible, or an incredible shame, its mind-bending perspective-meddling looking fascinating. Plus, I can finally learn what a turn-based 4D FPS is, getting hands on Lemnis Gate.


  • Every time I see Astria Ascending I keep getting it confused with Eiyuden Chronicle and get disappointed. Not because I don’t like the game, it’s definitely something I’ll be playing. It’s just as a long-time Suikoden fan I’m really, really keen to check out Eiyuden Chronicle to see if it lives up to my hype.

    • None of these games is worthy of this article’s title except for subnautica, this is very click baity. This is in fact one of the worst months this year in my opinion. I’m not sure how even half of these games listed are considered something you would actually pay for if you had a choice.

        • Lol, U on crack son. Skate bird looks like some 15 year vomited it out from his ipad version of unity that he made whilst on his breaks from home schooling.

          • Nah, I just don’t need every game to be a 200 million dollar shitfest of the same dudes shooting more dudes.

            Joke’s on you. It’s indie THPS with fun birds. If you don’t like that, I pity you.

  • As a long time Sony man with a series C and ps5 this gen….I have to say that gamepass really is the shit. My son tries out just about every new game and ends up playing some really cool games he never would have bought.

    My PS5 is cool and it’ll have it’s time I’m sure, but man…..the Xbox is sweet this gen/currently.

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