Minecraft now available on Xbox Game Pass

Popular first-party title joins Microsoft’s subscription service

Minecraft is now available to play through the Xbox Game Pass subscription service.

Launched in mid-2017, Microsoft’s Netflix-style service offers unlimited access to almost 200 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games, including new first-party titles when they launch, for $9.99/£7.99 per month.

Minecraft’s arrival on Xbox Game Pass follows hot on the heels of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, What Remains of Edith Finch, The Walking Dead: Michonne, Vampyr, Operencia: The Stolen Sun, and Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, all of which have joined the service over the past two weeks.

While new titles are added to Xbox Game Pass each month, existing ones are also removed from the service on a regular basis.

Notable Xbox Game Pass titles include PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Forza Horizon 4, Sea of Thieves, Halo 5: Guardians, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Rocket League, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Gears of War 5, which is set to be released in 2019, will be available through Xbox Game Pass at launch.

In late 2014, Microsoft announced a deal to acquire the Minecraft intellectual property and its creator Mojang for $2.5 billion.

The game recently surpassed 30 million sales on PC, while Minecraft sales across all platforms stand at over 154 million, according to Microsoft.

The company has said it has no plans to make Minecraft 2, as its primary concern is keeping the existing Minecraft community happy.