Gears of War 4 will be added to the Xbox Game Pass on December 1, 2017, according to a mildly cryptic tweet from Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, the Director of Programming for Xbox Live.

Gears of War 4 is the fourth core installment of the Gears of War franchise and the first game not to have been developed by Epic Games. It takes place 25 years after the Imulsion Countermeasure weapon wrecked all of the bad guys on the planet Sera. Unfortunately, the weapon brought forth terribly powerful “Windflare” storms that move across the planet and generally make life a bit more difficult. Players take on the role of J.D. Fenix, the son of Marcus Fenix and Anya Stroud, as he bands together with his allies to combat a new threat that is endangering the fragile peace humanity has had for over two decades.

The Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that gives you access to over 100 games for a flat fee of $9.99/month. Titles on the service currently include Metro: Last Light ReduxBioshock InfiniteMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and dozens of other games as part of a rotating library.  Gears of War 4 will be joined by all four previous entries in the franchise, which are already available on the service.

If you’d prefer to buy Gears of War 4 permanently, you can grab it on the Microsoft Store on PC or the Xbox One for $39.99 or your regional equivalent. The Xbox Game Pass service will run you $9.99/month after a 14-day free trial. You can see what we thought of the game by checking out our review.

What do you think of Gears of War 4 being added to the Xbox Game Pass? Do you think the Game Pass is a good value with the addition of this game or does it need more punch to be really worth it? Let us know in the comments below!

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!