Microsoft has announced that it is offering a three-month free trial of its Game Pass service to anyone who has played the game. Infinite Halo, Age of Empires 4or Forza Horizon 5 anytime between the release of each game and February 28 of this year. This includes anyone who has purchased and played these games via Steam or the Microsoft Store, as well as anyone who has joined Halo Infinite’s free-to-play multiplayer.
Offer is only valid for players who have “never” subscribed to Game Pass. If you’re a previous subscriber who later unsubscribed, you can’t come back for free to see what’s changed. Offer also excludes Russia and India regions. The reasons for this are not stated, although the previous exclusion is likely related to the suspension of all sales in Russia after the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
Players can check their eligibility for the test by visiting the Xbox website on here and sign in to your Microsoft account. Once the trial period expires, players will be charged the current membership fee, although the subscription can be canceled at any time.
Along with reports of an upcoming Game Pass ‘family plan’, which would allow gamers to share access between multiple accounts within the same country, it looks like Microsoft is putting a lot of effort into expanding the reach of its service. This is likely a response to Sony’s recent announcement of its reinvented PS Plus subscription.
Either way, now is arguably the best time to take advantage of Game Pass. With over 25 million subscribers, the service is in disrepair and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and for the current monthly fee you get access to a lot of great games. But, as Wes recently pointed out, the deal can’t stay this good forever. Price increases are unavoidable, particularly when massively anticipated games like starfield start appearing on the service.