Microsoft has revealed the next shimmering cluster of offerings heading to its Xbox Game Pass subscription service on console and PC, which this month include the likes of sub-zero survival game The Long Dark and adorable bite-sized Metroidvania Gato Roboto.
Hinterland’s wonderfully atmospheric The Long Dark, which comes to Xbox One Game Pass on 16th April, has been doing the rounds for quite some time now, having launched in early access back in 2014. It’s still a superb survival experience though, absolutely nailing the inescapable freeze – all crunching snow and howling winds – of its post-apocalyptic wilderness setting. If you’d rather more structure to the expansive sandbox challenge, you can also play the first three chapters of its still-in-development story mode.
The Long Dark is followed by developer Doinksoft’s delightful Gato Roboto, which comes to Xbox One Game Pass on 21st April. It distills the classic exploration and upgrade tropes of countless Metroidvanias down into a brisk, and immensely enjoyable deep space adventure, in which you just so happen to take control of a mech-suited cat. Eurogamer’s Christian Donlan loved this one, even awarding it a Recommended badge, when it released last year.