Xbox Game Pass April 2023 Wave One Games Revealed

Xbox has announced the games coming to Xbox Game Pass in the first half of April, so we hope your backlog is clear.

Published: April 4, 2023 9:21 AM /


A blocky figure looking out over a blocky landscape in Minecraft Legends, one of the games coming to Xbox Game Pass in April 2023

Xbox has revealed its initial Xbox Game Pass April 2023 lineup, and there are a couple of heavy hitters for you to enjoy this month. They include a big Microsoft release, a cult indie roguelite, and an open-world adventure packed full of Japanese mythology and culture.

First up, from today, you can play the indie deckbuilding roguelite Loop Hero on both consoles and PC. Four Quarters' game tasks you with restoring a devastated world that's caught in the grip of a time loop, and to do so, you must rebuild the city building by building, generating encounters and bonuses for yourself as you go. It's a pretty creative and compelling game, and now it's on Game Pass.

On April 6th, Double Fine's quirky strategy tower defense title Iron Brigade will come to Xbox Game Pass via cloud streaming and consoles. Marrying a 50s B-movie aesthetic with third-person shooter and tower defense hybrid gameplay, Iron Brigade asks you to take to the field and take down the Monovision using your own firepower alongside the towers you construct.

The player fighting the Monovision in Iron Brigade, an Xbox Game Pass April 2023 title
Iron Brigade is a rousing tower defense-shooter hybrid that's coming to Game Pass this month.

Ghostwire: Tokyo is hitting Xbox Series X|S this month, and it's also arriving on Game Pass on the same day. You'll be able to check out Tango Gameworks' idiosyncratic open-world adventure on April 12th across PC, cloud, and consoles.

Rounding off the Xbox Game Pass lineup for April 2023 are NHL 23, which arrives on consoles on April 13th via EA Play, and Minecraft Legends, which is coming to PC, cloud, and consoles on April 18th. It's likely that more games will head to Game Pass in April, but we'll probably learn more about those in the weeks to come.

Of course, several games are also departing Xbox Game Pass this month. Here are the games you should make sure to download and play before April 15th if you want to check them out.

  • Life is Strange: True Colors
  • Moonglow Bay
  • Panzer Corps II
  • Rainbow Six Extraction
  • The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk
  • The Long Dark
  • The Riftbreaker

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