Microsoft has announced that anyone who has played Halo Infinite, Age of Empires 4 or Forza Horizon 5 can try its Game Pass service for free anytime between the release of each game and February 28 of this year. . This includes anyone who has purchased and played these games through Steam or the Microsoft Store, as well as anyone who has joined Halo Infinite’s free multiplayer game.
This offer is only valid for players who have “never” subscribed to Game Pass. If you were a previous subscriber and later cancelled your subscription, you will not be able to rejoin for free to see the changes. The offer also excludes Russia and India. The reason for this was not stated, although the former’s exclusion may be related to Microsoft’s suspension of all sales in Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
Players can check their trial eligibility by visiting the Xbox website here and log in to their Microsoft account. After the trial period ends, players will be billed at the current membership rate, but subscriptions can be cancelled at any time.
In addition to reports of an upcoming Game Pass “Family Plan,” which will allow players to share access between multiple accounts in the same country, Microsoft appears to be making a big push to expand its service. This may be in response to Sony’s recent announcement of a revamped PS Plus subscription.
Regardless, now is the best time to take advantage of Game Pass. With over 25 million subscribers, the service is in poor health, isn’t going away anytime soon, and for its current monthly fee, you get access to a lot of great games. But as Weiss pointed out recently, the deal can’t stay that good forever. Price hikes are inevitable, especially when highly anticipated games like Starfield start appearing on the service.