Update from September 15, 2023: Gamepass Core launched
Xbox Gamepass Core has launched and replaces Xbox Live Gold. The final list of included games is now known and Microsoft has added a few more titles since the announcement in July. These games are currently included in Xbox Gamepass Core:
DOOM Eternal Standard Edition
Forza Horizon 4 Standard Edition
Gears 5 Game of the Year Edition
Golf with your friends
Halo 5: Guardians
Halo Wars 2
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Human Fall Flat
Ori & The Will of the Wisps
Payday 2: Crimewave Edition
Power wash simulator
Slay the Spire
Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition
State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
The Elder Scrolls Online
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Original message from July 18, 2023:
Microsoft has introduced a new subscription level in Game Pass and at the same time sealed the end of Xbox Live Gold. Game Pass Core will be available from September 14, 2023 and will cost 6.99 euros per month or 59.99 euros per year. Compared to the regular Game Pass, the Game Pass Core contains significantly fewer games; Microsoft says there are around 25. Most of them are already known, and more are expected to be added before the launch in September.
After 10 years – Xbox Live Gold is being replaced
Game Pass Core directly replaces Xbox Live Gold, a model that gives subscribers permanent access to two monthly games. Game Pass Core costs the same as Xbox Live Gold, but the usage model changes: Instead of two new games per month, there is now access to a library of around 25 games. This means that the Xbox Live branding, which was introduced with the first Xbox in 2002, will finally disappear.
Existing Xbox Live Gold memberships will automatically convert to Game Pass Core on the September 2023 deadline. Access to deals and discounts will continue, as will Xbox 360 games available via Games with Gold were redeemed. However, this does not apply to Xbox One games from the same source; these can only be played for as long as a Game Pass membership exists.