Those of us who have signed on for an Xbox Game Pass subscription have some tidy games awaiting us this month, including one where you play as a raccoon private investigator in a pixelated version of Vancouver.
Now that's got you hooked, hasn't it? This game is Backbone, and it is developer Eggnut's debut title. Harold Lotor is a down-on-his-luck detective who has spent the years on small-time cases in this dystopian city, when something more sinister bubbles to the surface. "Backbone's gameplay is a modern take on the classic point-and-click adventure, featuring stealth, exploration, and elaborate dialogues inspired by old school CRPGs," explained Eggnut. "It's a tale of a cold and existentialist world, interspersed with genuine connections and a bruised but undying drive to make a difference. Everyone wants to change the world, but not always for the better." Players will attempt to pull the threads of truth tangled in this city's shadows, uncovering clues and cataloguing evidence, while strolling the streets of a beautifully bleak world and its accompanying melancholic soundtrack.
Xbox Game Pass is surely a staple for lots of people's gaming habits, and we got a chance to chat to general manager of Microsoft Studios marketing group Aaron Greenberg about what customers can expect in coming months. Check it out below.
Also, visceral historical multiplayer For Honor is on its way to the subscription service, and with a single player and two player co-op campaign, this is sure to satisfy those hankering for a new story to sink their teeth into. Seven multiplayer modes, from Duel which pits two warriors against each other in a test of courage and skill to the nail-biting Skirmish which adds AI enemies into the PvP mix, will entertain for hours and hours. Subscribers will have access to Dungeons & Dragons Dark Alliance on day one, and our James Daly thought that was a "magnificent" and "magical" experience when he previewed the game earlier this year.
The last two games are The Wild At Heart and Darkest Dungeon, which are like chalk and cheese. The former is an adventure with a painterly art style, following two kids who discover kindred spirits in the mysterious Deep Woods. On the other hand, the latter is a gothic roguelike turn-based RPG exploring the psychological trauma of journeys into the most depraved of dungeons. So, yeah. Not very similar, but everyone's bound to find something they like in this selection.
To clarify, The Wild at Heart is coming to cloud on June 1st, For Honor is coming to Xbox and cloud on June 3rd, Backbone is coming to PC on June 8th, Darkest Dungeon is coming to Xbox, PC and cloud on June 10th, and Dungeons & Dragons Dark Alliance is coming to Xbox, PC and cloud on June 22nd. Furthermore, this month sees the departure of Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, Night Call, Observation, West of Dead and Wizard of Legend on June 15th, so hop to it if you've got your eye on these.
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