The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and more joining Xbox Game Pass this week

Christmas is just around the corner and Microsoft has decided to honour the occasion by showering subscribers to the Xbox Game Pass with gifts.

As of today Untitled Goose Game is available on the Xbox Game Pass for those of us who fancy spending a bit of time as a pain-in-the-arse goose who has been “let loose on an unsuspecting village”. You can do stuff like steal hats and honk at people, which is considerably more fun than it sounds. Once today is out of the way then all attention turns to Thursday 19th December, which is when the gifts really start appearing. On that day, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Life is Strange 2: Episode 5, and Pillars of Eternity will all be added to the Xbox Game Pass.

If you’ve been living under a rock, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a “story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game set in a visually stunning fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences”. It’s crazy to think that Geralt’s third adventure is almost five years old, but it’s still an absolutely phenomenal game which received almost perfect scores when it released in May 2015 and is an absolute must-play, so make sure you check it out if you haven’t played it already.

Life is Strange 2: Episode 5, meanwhile, is the fifth and final episode of Life is Strange 2, bringing an end to Sean and Daniel’s story. Episode 5 was only released a couple of weeks back so it’s great to see it added to the Game Pass so soon, which means that I can finally binge-play the sequel to the fantastic Life is Strange, hooray! Going back to the critically-acclaimed-RPG’s-which-released-in-May-2015 theme, Pillars of Eternity is a fantastic isometric party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment. The Complete Edition, which just so happens to be the version which is being added to the Game Pass, includes all previously released additional content for the PC version, which means you get all DLC and expansions as part of your Game Pass subscription. Now that’s value for money.

We already knew that The Witcher 3 and Life is Strange 2: Episode 5 were being added at some point, of course, having both been part of the mammoth list of upcoming games that Microsoft announced were coming to Game Pass back in November, but we didn’t have a date, so it’s great to see them added in time for the festivities to begin. It’s another great set of additions to the Xbox Game Pass from Microsoft, which further strengthens its already great reputation. As part of the announcement of these new additions, Microsoft also provided a list of upcoming member benefits and game updates that players can look forward to in the coming weeks – you can check that out here.

You can subscribe to the Xbox Game Pass for Console for £7.99 a month, or you can nab a subscription to the Xbox Game Pass for PC (although the games library is different) for £3.99 a month. Don’t forget, however, that new subscribers can get three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for just £1, which gives you both Game Pass for Console & PC, 1 month of EA Access, 3 months of Discord Nitro, and 6 months of Spotify Premium. It’s just about the most ridiculous introductory offer you’ll ever see.

Chris is our resident FPS-obsessed football fanatic who, when not playing an FPS or FIFA, can probably be found spending the odd 100 hours or so building his perfect farm on Stardew Valley. Chris comes to you with a hint of cynicism and plenty of sarcasm.

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