There are many opportunities to brush up on our real-life skills through gaming this month, including puzzle solving, cooking, building a settlement on the back of a giant wandering creature to survive a post-apocalyptic world, and even photography! Let’s get to the games.
Techtonica (Game Preview) (Cloud, Console, and PC)
Available on day one with Game Pass: Dig into the sub-surface, bioluminescent world of a rogue alien planet as you explore and construct sprawling factories in Techtonica. Work alone or in co-op to master automation, gather resources, research new technologies, mold the destructible terrain, establish a base of operations, and uncover long-forgotten secrets.
Toem (Cloud, Console, and PC)
Set off on a delightful expedition and use your photographic eye to uncover the mysteries of the magical Toem in this hand-drawn adventure game. Chat with quirky characters, solve their problems by snapping neat photos, and make your way through a relaxing landscape!
The Cave (Cloud and Console)
The Cave is an adventure game from Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion creator Ron Gilbert, and Double Fine Productions, the award-winning studio behind Psychonauts and Brütal Legend. Assemble your team of three from seven unlikely adventurers, each with their own unique personalities, and then descend into the mysterious depths.
Maquette (Console and PC) – July 19
Maquette is a first-person recursive puzzle game that takes you into a world where every building, plant, and object are simultaneously tiny and staggeringly huge. Maquette makes it possible by twisting the world into itself recursively in an MC Escher-esque fashion.
Figment 2: Creed Valley (Cloud, Console, and PC) – July 20
Figment 2: Creed Valley is an action-adventure game set in the human mind. Nightmares are spreading chaos and have overrun once-peaceful lands. Join Dusty, The Mind’s courage, as you make your way through puzzles, musical boss fights, and unique environments.
The Wandering Village (Cloud, Console, and PC) – July 20
The Wandering Village is a city-building simulation game on the back of a giant, wandering creature. Build your settlement and form a symbiotic relationship with the colossus. Will you survive together in this hostile, yet beautiful post-apocalyptic world, contaminated by poisonous plants?
Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem (Cloud, PC, and Xbox Series X|S) – July 25
Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem is a new stand-alone expansion to the world of the classic FPS series. Join the fight against Notorious Mental on a journey through the wild lands of Russia and find your way through this lost chapter of Sam Stone’s adventures.
Venba (Console and PC) – July 31
Available on day one with Game Pass: Venba is a short narrative cooking game, where you play as an Indian mom, who immigrates to Canada with her family in the 1980s. Players will cook various dishes and restore lost recipes, hold branching conversations, and explore in this story about family, love, loss, and more.
Celeste (Cloud, Console, and PC) – August 1
Celeste makes a return to the Game Pass library! Help Madeline survive her inner demons on her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain, in this super-tight platformer from the creators of TowerFall. Brave hundreds of hand-crafted challenges, uncover devious secrets, and piece together the mystery of the mountain.
DLC / Game Updates
Naraka: Bladepoint Deluxe Edition Upgrade – Available now
Naraka: Bladepoint is now free to play, and all Game Pass members will get free conversion from the current Standard Edition to the new Deluxe Edition along with in-game rewards. Learn more here.
League of Legends Champion: Naafiri – July 20
Game Pass members can instantly unlock the newest League of Legends Champion, Naafiri, on July 20 with their membership. Her pack will always find the lone prey. So, the choice is yours: starve or feast.
Sea of Thieves: The Legend of Monkey Island – July 20
Voyage deep into the Caribbean with Sea of Thieves: The Legend of Monkey Island – an original story told in installments across three Tall Tales, the first of which arrives July 20, it’s a hilarious, heartfelt love-letter to the iconic adventure game series!
Dead by Daylight: Nicolas Cage DLC – July 25
Game Pass members save 10% off this DLC! You know him well. A legend with over one hundred film credits to his name, Nick Cage has seen it all and done it all. Yet never did he anticipate that upon taking a role in the film “Descend Beyond”, he’d find himself falling into the clutches of The Entity, forced to live out an eternity of endless Trials alongside co-stars that may or may not be hellbent on hanging him from a meat hook.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks
Crunchyroll Premium Perk – July 20
For a limited time, get 75 days of Crunchyroll Premium (Mega Fan Plan) with your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership. Stream the world’s largest anime library of more than 1,000 titles ad-free, anywhere you want. Press play on music videos, concerts, manga, and more!
FIFA 23 EA Play Ultimate Team Pack – July 21
Get your EA Play FUTTIES Super Loan Pack, featuring one loan Player Item for your FIFA 23 Ultimate Team! Game Pass Ultimate and EA Play members can claim this Pack from July 21 to August 21, 2023.
Naruto Shippuden Uncut Season 1 – Available Now
Enjoy the first season of “Naruto Shippuden Uncut” with your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Membership. Naruto returns to the Village Hidden in the Leaves and takes on his old Sensei. Get other seasons of Naruto and hundreds of other Anime series on sale during Microsoft Movies & TV’s Anime month.
Leaving July 31
The following games are leaving the Game Pass library soon, so there’s no better time to jump back in. If you want to keep the fun going, remember to use your membership discount to save up to 20% off these games to keep them in your library.
- Dreamscaper (Cloud, Console, and PC)
- Expeditions: Rome (PC)
- Marvel’s Avengers (Cloud, Console, and PC)
- The Ascent (Cloud, Console, and PC)
- Two Point Campus (Cloud, Console, and PC)
Feel the Thrill of the Race in Need for Speed Unbound – Available on The Play List
Introducing Xbox Game Pass Core, Coming This September
Xbox Insider Release Notes – Xbox App for Windows [2307.1001.4.0]
Source: MajorNelson Xbox News