Game Pass has new games for June, including the return of the original

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It’s a new month, which means Microsoft have detailed a new batch of games arriving on Game Pass.
Not all of the games themselves are new, mind you: they include Octopath Traveler, the HD-2D RPG released in 2018, and its sequel.
Here’s the complete list coming in the first half of June 2024: Octopath Traveler – Available now Octopath Traveler 2 – Available now Depersonalization – June 12th Isonzo – June 13th The Callisto Protocol – June 13th Still Wakes The Deep – June 18th The original Octopath Traveler came to Game Pass back in 2021 and left in March last year, and it returns now to coincide with its release on PS4 and PS5.
Octopath Traveler 2 is a first-time addition to the subscription service.
Among the other new joiners, the most interesting to me is the launch day arrival of Still Wakes The Deep on June 18th.
It’s the new game from The Chinese Room, thems what made Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture, and thems what are making Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.
As always, new joiners mean a similarly sized batch of leavers.
The games departing Game Pass on June 15th are Bramble: The Mountain King, High On Life, Rune Factory 4 Special, Spacelines From The Far Out, and The Bookwalker.

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Microsoft has revealed the titles that will be added to Game Pass in the upcoming month. Not that the games themselves aren’t old; among them are the 2018 HD-2D role-playing game Octopath Traveler and its follow-up.

For the first half of June 2024, the following is the complete list:.

Now accessible is Octopath Traveler.

Octopath Traveler 2 is presently accessible.

On June 12, depersonalization occurred.

Isonzo – Wednesday, June 13.

June 13th, the Callisto Protocol.

Still Wakes The Deep on June 18.

I’ve enjoyed playing Octopath Traveler 2 despite knowing that this is probably the moment I’ll be in four years, and even though it seems a little unbelievable to think that I’ll have spent another eighty hours playing virtually the same game. It has an intrinsic allure, even though there are still many aspects of it that I find objectionable. The battles are simply the best part of it. Even with reheated story leftovers, it’s still one of the most captivating combat systems in the entire JRPG genre, and it feels good to be back in its gorgeous HD-2D world (and I promise, this isn’t just because we get to enjoy another incredible Nishiki score, sincere).

The June 18th launch day arrival of Still Wakes The Deep is the one that interests me the most among the other newcomers. This new game is being developed by The Chinese Room, the same company that brought us Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture and is currently working on Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. Since then, the studio has changed significantly, and I’m interested to see what new work they will create.

A similar-sized group of people leave for every new recruit. On June 15th, Bramble: The Mountain King, High On Life, Rune Factory 4 Special, Spacelines From The Far Out, and The Bookwalker will be leaving Game Pass.

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