Call of Duty gets major Game Pass boost after latest Xbox announcement

Call of Duty gets major Game Pass boost after latest Xbox announcement
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Jack Marsh

Published 

16th Feb 2024 17:31

Lo and behold, you might actually be able to skip out on that whopping Call of Duty annual fee, as the home of Game Pass is opening its doors to Activision Blizzard.

As Microsoft embarks on a new age of multi-platform sharing, the Xbox owners also appear to be making some rather big moves on the Game Pass front too, all in a bid to get one over on its console competitors.

And the latest monumental change to Xbox's strategy has seen Game Pass land its biggest title yet, which is only positive news for Call of Duty fans.

Diablo IV lands on Xbox Game Pass, opening up future Call of Duty games

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In its latest update, Xbox revealed a number of plans for the future, one of which included Call of Duty 2024's release window

But the biggest announcement was seeing Diablo IV, Activision's recent smash hit, come to Xbox Game Pass as of March 28, which will be its first major title to land on the subscription service following the merger.

"It’s all part of our commitment to make Xbox, the Xbox experience, and the games that we build as widely available as possible. So now the 34 million Game Pass members can all enjoy the fantastic experience of Diablo 4," said Phil Spencer on the Xbox Podcast on February 15.

So, why not Call of Duty too?

Activision's Game Pass inclusion sparks positivity for Call of Duty

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Head of Xbox Game Studios, Matt Booty, also reiterated that "all of our games will go into Game Pass on day one," which has further supported the hypothesis that Xbox is going all-in on its subscription service to tackle Sony's ever-growing classy list of exclusive titles.

While Booty's comments referred to Microsoft's in-house titles, seeing Activision Blizzard opt to place Diablo on the service so early on after its release, shows that Call of Duty games could soon follow suit, and subsequently see new games land on there rather quickly.

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There has still not been a concrete plan laid out for Call of Duty and Game Pass, at least to the public, but momentum is gathering towards a world where Xbox owners might finally be able to skip out on the $70 annual fee to play the shooter series.

Jack is an Esports Journalist at GGRecon. Graduating from the University of Chester, with a BA Honours degree in Journalism, Jack is an avid esports enthusiast and specialises in Rocket League, Call of Duty, VALORANT, and trending gaming news.

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