Xbox Gamepass Quests have been announced as a new way to earn Microsoft Rewards Points via your Gamepass subscription. Additionally, there are four Xbox Gamepass games leaving the service and two new titles entering the fray.

On the off chance you haven’t heard of it before, the Xbox Gamepass is a subscription service run by Microsoft. A subscription gives you access to hundreds of games for the paltry fee of $9.99 a month. It’s great for playing through tons of different titles without breaking the bank! The quests for January have been announced, the library has added a couple of new titles, and four games are leaving the service. Let’s break it down!

Xbox Gamepass Quests

Xbox Gamepass Quests are a  feature that lets you earn Microsoft Rewards Points simply by playing games and completing objectives. A news post on Xbox’s website breaks things down. Seven exclusive quests are available until February 7, 2019, which will let you earn up to 2,100 Microsoft Rewards Points. Here are the quests straight from the site:

• Extraction Expert: Complete two specific extraction achievements in Tom Clancy’s The Division to get up to 200 points. You earn points with each achievement. Complete this before January 31.
• Metro Redux: Play Metro 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux to complete four specific achievements and get up to 200 points. You earn points with each achievement.
• Adventurer: Bring out your inner adventurer and get up to 200 points when you complete two specific achievements in Strange Brigade. You earn points with each achievement.
• Achievement Hunter: Get points with your first achievement and continue to complete up to 21 achievements in any combination of Xbox Game Pass games to get a maximum of 600 points.
• Genre Explorer: Get 300 points when you complete an achievement in three games from different genres.
• Play something new: Complete an achievement in [an] Xbox Game Pass title that was added in December to get 100 points.
• Quest Master: Complete all Xbox Game Pass quests to get an additional 500 points.

This particular batch of quests has some elements centered on games based on time-centric events. For example, the Metro Redux quest is likely in there because the next game Metro Exodus is releasing next month. As for Tom Clancy’s The Division, that just so happens to be one of the four titles that are going to be leaving the services.

More quests will pop up every month, so make sure you check out TechRaptor to see when they pop up!

Xbox Gamepass Surprise Additions

Two new games have joined the service as surprise additions and are available to play right now according to a tweet on the subscription service’s official account, joining the list of games coming in January. Here are the two new games you can get if you’re subbed:

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 pits some of the greatest characters of the Marvel and Capcom universes against one another in an intense fighting game. This is an updated version of Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds because fighting games can get away with releasing ten editions of the same game for some reason. New additions to this version include improved netcode and a spectator mode that allows up to six people to watch fights go down.

Just Cause 3 (Our Review) is a fantastic example of explosive action. With the recent release of Just Cause 4 (which we also reviewed), you might be interested in flying around a tropical island and killing hordes of enemy soldiers in increasingly-creative ways. If you don’t want to drop sixty bucks on the latest game, Just Cause 3 will still provide plenty of fun without having to worry about your subscription!

Xbox Gamepass Games Leaving Soon

Xbox giveth and Xbox taketh away. There are four Xbox Gamepass games leaving the service soon according to a submission on the /r/xboxone subreddit. Here they are:

The Escapists: The Walking Dead operates on a pretty simple premise: it mashes up gameplay from The Escapists with the theme of The Walking Dead. It does a good enough job, but it also probably falls into the niche of appealing to people who are hardcore fans of The Escapists and fans of The Walking Dead.

Letter Quest Remastered (Our Review) plays very much like the old Bookworm PopCap game. Enemies will pop up on screen and you’ll have to spell the best word you can from a series of letter titles in front of you. I’ve always enjoyed this kind of game myself and I think you should give it a shake before it leaves the service.

Riptide GP Renegade is a racing game where you hop onto an amped-up futuristic jet ski and take to the waters. It’s a simple as that, and sometimes games don’t need to get too complex. It looks like a pretty fun title!

Tom Clancy’s The Division (Our Review) is the last of four Xbox Gamepass games leaving the service soon. This FPSMMO-but-also-not-an-MMO sticks you in the middle of a city that’s absolutely falling apart. While the game had a bit of a rough launch, it’s also had several years to improve on its content. Check it out before its gone!


Welp, that’s it for the Gamepass news for now! Four Xbox Gamepass games leaving soon, two new additions, and the reveal of Xbox Gamepass quests make this for a pretty intense month!

If the Gamepass sounds like a neat idea to you, you can start your subscription at just $1 for your first month and $9.99 a month after that. Simply pop on over to the service’s website and sign up at your leisure.

What do you think of the Xbox Gamepass Quests? Have you had a chance to play the four Xbox Gamepass games leaving? Let us know in the comments below!


Robert N. Adams

Senior Writer

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!