While this month's free games for PlayStation Plus will net members of Sony Interactive Entertainment's online subscription service several notable titles, Microsoft will also be providing its fans with several solid releases for the Xbox Game Pass in August 2018. In addition to the more than 100 games included already in the service, the patrons of what has been called the "Netflix for video games" will get seven fresh titles in total.
As seen in the image below, the major headliners for Xbox Game Pass in August 2018 is Season One of IO Interactive's episodically structured Hitman, and Crytek journey to the ancient Roman Empire with Ryse: Son of Rome. What's more is that Capcom's Dead Rising 2, Reikon Games' Ruiner, Team17 Digital Limited's The Escapists: The Walking Dead, Long Hat House's Dandara, and Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure will join the service this month, too.
For those unaware as to how the Xbox Game Pass works, subscribers pay the monthly price of $10 to gain access to over 100 games in the service's library that also includes fresh Xbox One first- party exclusives on the first day that they officially hit store shelves. For instance, 2018 releases such as Rare's pirate adventure game Sea of Thieves and Undead Labs' open world zombie survival horror game State of Decay 2 are both available through Xbox Game Pass.
Taking all of this into consideration, it will be interesting to see if August 2018's new offerings for Xbox Game Pass manage to assist Microsoft in its efforts to keep the user count of its online service growing. While these games and other forthcoming projects might help boost subscribers, there's also a chance that highly anticipated first-party titles like Halo: Infinite could see direct sales dip due to Xbox Game Pass offering such exclusives along with myriad other titles at a cheaper price.
Source: Major Nelson