Sea of Thieves available on Xbox Game Pass at same time as general release under new Microsoft plan

Sea of Thieves will be released on Xbox Game Pass at the same time as gamers will be able to buy it online and in stores, as part of a new plan from Microsoft Studios.

The company announced that all first-party titles will be made available on its subscription service on the same date as their global release.

The first game to be released in this way will be Sea of Thieves, on March 20, but it will also apply to State of Decay 2, Crackdown 3 and the Halo, Forza and Gears of War franchises.

Phil Spencer, Head of Gaming at Xbox, wrote in a blog post: “Today, we’re excited to announce plans for a major expansion to Xbox Game Pass that underscores our commitment to deliver our fans the ultimate gaming subscription service.

Crackdown 3

Crackdown 3

“Moving forward, we plan to release all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Studios into Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release. This means that when Sea of Thieves launches on March 20, it will be included in Xbox Game Pass to all members.

“With the addition of more great games and new blockbuster releases to Xbox Game Pass, we are giving you more choice and value in how you discover and enjoy games – purchase games for your permanent library, or play through Xbox Game Pass for one low-monthly price.”

Xbox Game Pass gives people unlimited access to more than 100 titles on Xbox at one monthly price. It allows them to download full Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 titles directly to their console, removing issues around streaming, bandwidth and connectivity.

New games are added every month, replacing others in a constantly updated library, and all Xbox One games in the catalogue are available to purchase at an exclusive discount.

Xbox, E3, Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves

Xbox also announced that a six-month Xbox Game Pass subscription card for fans who want a variety of ways to purchase new games and services will be made available at selected retail partners for £47.99, beginning March 20

Xbox unveiled Game Pass in March 2017 and since then it has been made available to gamers in 40 countries.

“We’ve only scratched the surface of the opportunity this new model brings to the industry and what we can deliver to our fans,” Spencer added. “We firmly believe Xbox Game Pass will be a catalyst to create new opportunities for game developers and publishers to innovate in the way games are developed and delivered, leading to entirely new ways to play.

“We’re truly humbled by the incredible response we’ve received to date for Xbox Game Pass, and we look forward to offering an unprecedented choice and value with Xbox Game Pass this spring and beyond.”