Hardspace: Shipbreaker, Blackbird Interactive’s sci-fi take on a fair day working in space, joins the previously announced Deathloop on Xbox Game Pass today. They are followed by Slime Rancher 2 and eight more games to round out the month of September on Microsoft’s game subscription service.
Hardspace: Shipbreaker launched on Windows PC (and PC Game Pass) in May after two years in early access. In the game, players take on the role of a worker cutting spaceships apart in an orbital salvage yard. The wrinkle is that they are paying off a huge debt to their employer – a nod to the corporate cities and labor struggles of the early 20th century.
Slime Rancher 2 also launches in early access on Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass on September 22. Other launches on the first day of September 22 include SpiderHeck (a “quick co-op couch brawler,” Microsoft says) for consoles and PC, and Beacon Pines (a “cute and creepy storybook adventure”).
On September 27, Game Pass adds the full release of Grounded, Obsidian Entertainment’s honey-I-shrunk-the-kids backyard adventure that launched in early access in July 2020. from Valheim, the 2021 survival game set in Norwegian countries. Valheim will be released on Xbox Game Pass as a console exclusive sometime in early spring 2023.
Here’s a full list of the games coming to Game Pass in the second half of September:
Deathloop – September 20 (Cloud, PC, Xbox Series X) Hardspace: Shipbreaker – September 20 (Cloud, Xbox Series X) SpiderHeck – September 22 (Cloud, console) Beacon Pines – September 22 (Cloud, console, PC) Slime Rancher 2 (Game Preview) – September 22 (Cloud, PC, Xbox Series X) Moonscars – (Cloud, console, PC) Grounded – Full Release – September 27 (Cloud, console, PC) Let’s Build a Zoo – September 29 (Cloud, Console, PC) Valheim (Game Preview) – September 29 (PC) PAW Patrol Grand Prix – September 30 (Cloud, Console, PC)
In other news, Microsoft is reminding Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers that starting Tuesday, September 27, they have a 10-hour trial of FIFA 23 via EA Play. They’ve also added touch controls for nine more games to stream to mobile devices, including Grounded, as well as the recently announced Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered and Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Anniversary Edition.
Like most months, Xbox will also remove several games from Game Pass in September. Here’s a list of everything leaving the service on September 30:
AI: The Somnium Files (Cloud, Console and PC) Astria Ascending (Cloud, Console and PC) Dandy Ace (Cloud, Console and PC) Dirt 4 (PC) EA Play Dirt Rally (PC) EA Play Going Under ( Cloud, console and PC) Lemnis Gate (cloud, console and PC) Slime Rancher (cloud, console and PC) Subnautica: Below Zero (cloud, console and PC) The Procession to Calvary (cloud, console and PC) ) Invisible (cloud, console and PC) Visage (cloud, console and PC)