Now that May is almost over, it’s time to start thinking about all the great games that will join Xbox Game Pass in the following weeks. So far, six games are confirmed to launch on day one for Xbox Game Pass in May 2023.
The six games are as diverse as the settings they take place in, from the First World War terror of Amnesia: The Bunker to the frontier entrepreneurship of Railway Empire 2. Two games in the Xbox Game Pass May 2023 lineup share a feature while having vastly distinct art styles, gameplay loops, and genres.
Redfall and Farworld Pioneers are two examples of cooperative multiplayer games now in short supply on services like Xbox Game Pass.
Redfall and Farworld Pioneers Should Establish a Standard for Co-Op Xbox Game Pass Games
Redfall, the long-awaited vampire co-op shooter from Arkane Austin (developers of the 2017 Prey revival), was first announced at Xbox’s 2021 Games Showcase.
Redfall seems to be shaping up to be a fun co-op horror adventure, with its open environment looking like the show’s star, despite controversy regarding the game’s always online need and its 30FPS constraint on Xbox Series X.
Set in the fictional seaside town of Redfall, players will visit hotels, suburbs, churches, and retail malls, among other vampire hotspots. Players can improve their skills and those of their teammates as they progress through the game by crafting and investing in one-of-a-kind weaponry and skill points.
Farworld Pioneers, a game that isn’t nearly as well-known as Redfall but a co-op adventure that friends might want to watch, will be coming to Xbox Game Pass in May 2023.
The setting of Farworld Pioneers, a 2D side-scrolling crafting survival game similar to Terraria, is the game’s main selling point. Players can construct their sci-fi outpost, furnish it with looted items, and populate it with rescued characters.
In Farworld Pioneers, players can build their ships and explore uncharted worlds. Farworld Pioneers supports up to 32 people on a single server, while Redfall’s maximum is 4.
There is a world of difference between Redfall and Farworld Pioneers. Farworld Pioneers is a 2D spacecraft-building and survival game, whereas Redfall is a horror/action first-person shooter.
Both games are entirely different from one another in terms of gameplay. But both are cooperative games with expansive open worlds, the kind of game that Xbox Game Pass should prioritize.
The co-op gaming community will feel right at home with Xbox Game Pass. The hardest part of marketing a co-op game is getting a bunch of people to buy it rather than just one person. Many social gatherings will already have Xbox Game Pass subscriptions, so the problem of getting everyone to try out a co-op game is mainly solved.
The success of titles like Redfall and Farworld Pioneers on Xbox Game Pass should convince Microsoft to provide more massive co-op games to the service in the future. It would be good if Game Pass added a new co-op game at least once per month.