Xbox Game Pass wishlist — September 2022

Luke Albigés - August 25th 2022

Xbox Game Pass tends to get a few surprise additions each month, so we thought we'd check out the release schedule for September and see if we can't deduce what a few of next month's Game Pass surprises might be...

We already have quite a few games confirmed for Xbox Game Pass in September — Train Sim World 3, Disney Dreamlight Valley (Early Access), Hardspace: Shipbreaker for console, Slime Rancher 2 (Early Access), Grounded's full 1.0 release, and more — but Microsoft always has a few surprises in store. While it's easy to just want everything to come to Game Pass, this selection will primarily be based on educated guesses and prior form to see what surprise additions we might realistically expect in the next month or so.

Temtem

We'll kick things off with probably the least likely Game Pass addition of the lot, and that's monster-taming MMO, Temtem. For one thing, it's out in a few weeks and available for preorder, which is typically not the case with surprise additions, plus it has a premium price point compared to other smaller games from publisher Humble Games. That said, nearly every other Humble Games title has launched into Game Pass, so we can't rule it out, plus it'd be a great leg-up for the game on Xbox as it goes into full release — it's been available in early access on PC and PlayStation for some time, so a lot of folks interested in the Pokémon-alike may well already be involved on other formats, potentially making the new Xbox version a bit of a hard sell. Temtem has gone down really well in early access so there's maybe an argument to be made that it doesn't need the added exposure of Game Pass, especially with so few monster-catching RPGs on Xbox and clear demand for more. I'd love to see this happen, but if it doesn't, I'll be picking it up anyway — I've heard great things from my fellow trainers and have been looking forward to Temtem's full release to get involved myself.
Temtem

Temtem is a massively multiplayer creature-collection adventure. Journey across the lovely Airborne Archipelago alongside your Temtem squad. Catch every Temtem, battle other tamers, customize your house, join a friend's adventure or explore the dynamic online world.

The Division 2

The logic behind this pick is that legacy Ubisoft titles have been coming to Game Pass thick and fast lately, sometimes with a good bit of fanfare (Assassin's Creed: Odyssey) while others like Ghost Recon: Wildlands have just dropped into the service out of the blue. The interesting thing about Game Pass for Ubi games is that it doesn't really take much away from the publisher's own subscription service, Ubisoft+ — that offers full versions of all major games, including all DLC, from launch, so putting older base games on Game Pass when there's tons of DLC to work through on top of what is laid on seems like it would be a win/win in a lot of cases. The Division 2 is over three years old at this point, so it could certainly use an influx of new players to help keep it alive even longer. It's had its ups and downs in that time but felt like it was in a pretty good place when last I dived in, and having a meaty experience like this in Game Pass would be a great fit... especially for new recruits who really get into it, reach endgame, and want to find similarly fresh groups to help them tackle the eight-player raids.
Tom Clancy's The Division® 2

Join The Division, an elite group of civilian agents, and save a country on the brink of collapse as you explore an open, dynamic, and hostile world in Washington, D.C.

Hokko Life

A number of games published by Team17 have popped up on Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass before; Monster Sanctuary, Crown Trick, and Golf With Your Friends, for instance. I wouldn’t want to be greedy, or anything, but Hokko Life would be another great addition to Xbox Game Pass — it’s high time we had something new on Xbox to match Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Switch, and Hokko Life looks in danger of being underestimated or missed entirely without the influx of players and the boost in visibility that an addition to the Xbox Game Pass library would bring it.

Hokko Life has had a bit of a mixed experience in Early Access, but we’re hopeful for the full release of the game. We’ll be gathering resources, crafting furniture, designing items, expanding the town, designing and decorating homes for its residents, farming, bug catching, fishing, and more. Just saying, Xbox Game Pass and Hokko Life could really work well together.

Hokko Life

Hokko Life is a cosy, creativity filled community sim game.

Step off the train into the town of Hokko and get settled into your new home!

This quiet village needs your help to turn it into the charming rural town everyone loves. With hammer and paints in hand it's up to you to design, build and decorate homes for all of your new friends!

Biomutant

Biomutant would be another great addition to Xbox Game Pass. It flew fairly under the radar at launch, but with the mixed reception it had (check out our Biomutant review to see what we thought), it’s also one that players might hesitate to pick up at full price. Its inventiveness with the world-building and lore was wonderful to see, but it wasn’t without its share of problems. An inclusion in Xbox Game Pass, where you wouldn’t have to fork out extra to try it out, would help tempt more players to explore Biomutant and to see where it manages to succeed. Plus, it’s due to get an Xbox Series X|S update on September 6th, so… could be good timing, perhaps?
Biomutant

BIOMUTANT® is an open-world, post-apocalyptic Kung-Fu fable RPG, with a unique martial arts styled combat system allowing you to mix melee, shooting and mutant ability action.
A plague is ruining the land and the Tree-of-Life is bleeding death from its roots. The Tribes stand divided. Explore a world in turmoil and define its fate – will you be its saviour or lead it to an even darker destiny?

Mordhau

This suggestion comes courtesy of Sean, and I think it's interesting as it's something a little different from most of the other possibilities here. First off, Mordhau doesn't have an Xbox release date at all yet, just that good ol' 'coming soon' statement — a perfect candidate for a surprise Game Pass drop, then. Another reason this would make sense is that it's been around on PC for three years now, so a late console launch — and one without cross-play — will likely need all the help it can get to keep matchmaking for its 64-player battles smooth and ensure a thriving community for the large-scale medieval combat game. Despite being great fun, the strikingly similar Chivalry 2 seemed to fall off fairly quickly, and that was a brand-new release... it just feels like Mordhau might need this if it is to see the success on console that Sean is adamant it deserves.

Which of these would you start first if they were Game Pass surprise additions during September? Anything else you think might join the service unannounced? Let us know below!