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PUBG and 15 other games announced for Xbox Game Pass

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, otherwise known as PUBG, is about to become free to play on Xbox One - in a manner of speaking. The popular battle royale game is coming to Xbox Game Pass on November 12, joining more than 100 other Xbox games that anyone with a Game Pass subscription can access at no additional fee.

The news was announced as part of XO18, an Xbox-centered event in Mexico. (Sidenote: be sure to read our XO18 recap (opens in new tab) as well for all the news you missed!) But it wasn't the only game that will be coming to Xbox's digital buffet of games; Microsoft announced a total of 16 games coming to Xbox Game Pass in the near future. The full list, in order of release date, can be found below:

  •  Thief of Thieves (November 10) 
  •  PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (November 12) 
  •  Agents of Mayhem (November) 
  •  MXGP 3 (November) 
  •  Thomas Was Alone (November) 
  •  Ori and the Blind Forest (December 20) 
  •  Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (December) 
  •  Kingdom: Two Crowns (December) 
  •  Mutant: Year Zero (December) 
  •  Aftercharge (January) 
  •  Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2019) 
  •  Supermarket Shriek (2019) 
  •  The Good Life (TBA) 
  •  Pathologic 2 (TBA) 
  •  Secret Neighbor (TBA) 
  •  Void Bastards (TBA) 

You've no doubt heard of some of these (Ori and the Blind Forest (opens in new tab) and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (opens in new tab) were both well-received by critics and players alike) but there are plenty of games on this list worth getting excited about. Mutant: Year Zero is basically post-apocalyptic XCOM with a talking duck squadmate, The Good Life from Deadly Premonition director Swery is sure to be a quirky romp, Thomas Was Alone is a BAFTA Award winner, and Pathologic 2 is a moody, oppressing successor to one of gaming's most notorious cult classics. Then there's Crackdown 3 (opens in new tab), which we already knew was coming to Game Pass the same day it launched at retail, but now has a firm release date of February 15.

And just in case you still haven't tried out Microsoft's take on the 'Netflix but for games' concept, the company is offering a special offer to Xbox Game Pass newbies: sign up between now and January 3 and get your first month for $1 (normally $10). Or, you can make a bigger commitment and get a 12-month subscription for half off. Either way, you're gonna have a lot of games to enjoy.

Did you check out all the other news from XO18 (opens in new tab)? We've got details on Crackdown 3, Shadow of the Tomb Raider DLC, Devil May Cry 5 modes, a Sea of Thieves update, and much more.

Sam is a former News Editor at GamesRadar. His words have appeared on Joystiq, Penny Arcade, Destructoid, and G4 Media, among others. Sam has a soft spot for MOBAs, MMOs, and emo music. Forever a farm boy, forever a '90s kid.