It looks like Battlefield 2042 and FIFA 22 may be on the way to Xbox Game Pass.
While there’s been no official word from publisher Electronic Arts just yet, some eagle-eyed fans have spotted both games have had their Microsoft store listings updated to include the Xbox Game Pass icon – even though they’ve yet to be added to Microsoft’s subscription service (thanks, XGP (opens in new tab), via NME (opens in new tab)).
It’s not entirely clear what games will be heading to Xbox Game Pass next month just yet, but the store updates certainly intimate it may include FIFA 22 and Battlefield 2042, and their arrival may be sooner rather than later.
If true, it’s good news for EA fans. Already they’ve seen EA’s own subscription service, EA Play, be added to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for no extra cost, but both Battlefield 2042 and FIFA 22 – the latest installments of two of EA’s biggest franchises, both of which are around six months old – have not been included in the standard Xbox Game Pass library until this point.
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