Xbox Game Pass loses Hades and gains two Sleeper-Hit Gems

I hate to see you go, but I love to see you walk away.
poison: Suggestive Games / Kotaku

Hope you’ve had enough of playing the best game of 2020 aka Hadesbecause the next a wave of Xbox Game Pass games is upon us, and unfortunately some games are leaving as well. While this month’s lineup of games is short on budget blockbusters, it does have a few sleepy indie games that are best checked out. Without further ado, here’s what’s coming to Microsoft’s games-on-demand service in the coming weeks.

August 16

  • Talking coffee (cloud, console and PC)

August 23

  • Midnight Fight Express (cloud, console and PC)

August 25

  • Exapunks (PC)
  • Opus: Echo of Starsong – Full Bloom Edition (console and PC)

August 30

  • Commands 3 – HD Remaster (cloud, console and PC)
  • Immortality (cloud, PC, Xbox Series X|S)
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising (cloud, console and PC)
  • Tinykin (console and PC)

And here’s the full list of games departing August 31:

  • Elite Dangerous (cloud and console)
  • Hades (cloud, console and PC)
  • myst (cloud, console and PC)
  • NBA 2K22 (cloud and console)
  • Signs of the sojourner (cloud, console and PC)
  • Ghostsman (cloud, console and PC)
  • Twelve minutes (cloud, console and PC)
  • two point hospital (cloud, console and PC)
  • What’s left of Edith Finch (cloud, console and PC)
  • World War Z (cloud, console and PC)

Read more: Playing coffee talk reminds me of the quiet joys of being a barista

The only “big” game on the list, Ubisoft’s open world, Breath of the Wild-like Immortals: Fenyx Rising, met our own Zack Zwiezen as “a welcome streamlining of Ubisoft’s large-scale game design, full of great puzzles and funny stories.” But indie gems dominate this month’s additions, so let’s talk about that. Talking coffee, developed by Toge Productions, is exactly what it sounds like: a game where you make coffee and chat with customers. Strange things are going on at your alternative Seattle cafe, though, as your customers are “fantasy-inspired” people with “modern problems,” so serve responsibly. equal to VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action, you are tasked with remembering customers’ orders and mixing their caffeinated refreshments before starting the day. In KotakuIn the review of the game, Harper Jay said it was the first game they’d played in months and it really relaxed them.

Then there’s the sci-fi visual novel, Opus: Echo of Starsongwhich Kotaku‘s Sisi Jiang described as a game that kills the hunger of Destinythe most diligent knowledge hunters. Throw in the other offerings, including the intricate, technical cult puzzle game Exapunks from Zachtronics, and there might be enough here to make you forget Hades leaves. At least you’ll have a plethora of indie games to try out in August. Happy playing.

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