Xbox Game Pass July update: Middle-earth, Gears 5, and more…

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Xbox certainly had some big news on the Xbox Game Pass front at E3 2019 last week. Not only did they announce Xbox Game Pass for PC, but they also announced Xbox Game Pass Ultimate — which you can try out for only $1. Not only that, doing so also upgrades any remaining months of Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for Console to the new fully loaded Ultimate subscription. If you haven’t done so yet, you can click the banner below to do so or check out our article on how to maximize your upgrade. Hint: max out your Xbox Live Gold for 36 months and then upgrade for the biggest savings. NOTE: as of today, July 3rd, there’s only ONE DAY left to take advantage of this offer.

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If the $1 upgrade deal isn’t enough to entice you, Xbox also announced that with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, members will get access to Gears 5 Ultimate Edition, including all the benefits like the Ultimate Edition Character Pack, 30 Days of Boost, early access to play four days earlier than everyone else, and all Xbox Game Pass members have a hall pass to be the first to play Gears 5 via the tech test in July. Play the entire Gears of War anthology with Xbox Game Pass so you’re on top of your game when the time comes.

Xbox Game Pass July additions

The first batch of games — Xbox usually adds more as the month goes on — that will be joining Xbox Game Pass include:

  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (July 4)
  • My Time at Portia (July 4)
  • Undertale (July 4)
  • Blazing Chrome (July 11)
  • Dead Rising 4 (July 11)
  • LEGO City Undercover (July 11)
  • Timespinner (July 11)
  • Unavowed (July 11)

As mentioned above, the Gears 5 Tech Test will be hitting sometime this month for all Game Pass members.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

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Go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within. Experience how the award-winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth.

In Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™, nothing will be forgotten.

Supports Xbox Play Anywhere: yours to play on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC at no additional cost


My Time at Portia

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Start a new life in the enchanting town of Portia! Restore your Pa’s neglected workshop to its former glory by fulfilling commissions, growing crops, raising animals, and befriending the quirky inhabitants of this charming post-apocalyptic land!

Armed with your Pa’s old handbook and workbench, you must gather, mine and craft your way to being crowned the number one workshop in Portia. Help the locals rebuild the town and uncover the secrets locked deep away beneath it. Be prepared though…it won’t be easy!

The town of Portia is full of friendly new faces for you to meet. Make friends, complete requests, exchange gifts, go on dates and let romance blossom!



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In this RPG, you don’t have to kill anyone.

Each enemy can be “defeated” nonviolently.

Dance with a slime. Pet a dog. Whisper your favorite secret to a knight.

Or, ignore this choice and rain destruction upon your foes.

But your journey will take determination.

Each adversary has unique bullet patterns that you must dodge as well.

Emphasis on humor, character dialogue, and player choice.

Average playtime: 6 hours.

Blazing Chrome

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In Blazing Chrome, bring your best pal and kick some metal butts to free the humankind while enjoying a classic run’n’gun, fully loaded with action and exciting fights!

Dead Rising 4

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Dead Rising 4 marks the return of photojournalist Frank West in an all-new chapter of one of the most popular zombie game franchises of all time. All of the classic hallmarks of the ground breaking series return, including a huge array of weapons and vehicles players can combine to combat the horde ranging from the practical – to the practically insane. Players will also enjoy ambitious new features including new zombie classes, EXO Suits, and 4-player co-op multiplayer. With intense action and an unmatched level of weapon and character customization, Dead Rising 4 delivers a heart-pounding experience as players explore, scavenge and fight to survive in an epic open world sandbox.


LEGO City Undercover

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Join the Chase! In LEGO® CITY Undercover, play as Chase McCain, a police officer who’s been tasked with going undercover to hunt down the notorious – and recently escaped – criminal Rex Fury and putting an end to his city-wide crime wave. With two-player co-op, friends can explore the sprawling open-world metropolis that is LEGO® City, with more than 20 unique districts to investigate, car thieves to bust, hilarious movie references to discover, vehicles to drive, and hundreds of collectibles. LEGO CITY Undercover brings together witty, original storytelling with signature LEGO humor to create a fun-filled experience for players of all ages to enjoy.



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Timespinner is a beautifully crafted story-driven adventure, inspired by classic 90s action-platformers. Join timekeeper Lunais on her quest for revenge against the empire that killed her family, using time-bending powers to explore a vast connected world.


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A demon has possessed you and used your body to tear a swath of bloodshed through New York. You are now free, but life as you knew it is over. Your only path forward is joining the Unavowed – an ancient society dedicated to stopping evil. No matter what the cost.

Games leaving Xbox Game Pass in July

The following games are leaving Xbox Game Pass throughout the month of July:

  • Aftercharge (July 9)
  • Warhammer Vermintide 2 (July 10)
  • LEGO Movie: The Videogame (July 16)
  • Dandara (July 31)
  • Dead Rising 2 (July 31)
  • Hitman Season 1 (July 31)
  • Metal Slug XX (July 31)
  • Defense Grid: The Awakening (July 31)
  • Hexic 2 (July 31)
  • Iron Brigade (July 31)

On that note, now is your last chance to play the above titles for free. If you wish to, you can also save 20% on these games before they leave the service if you wish to continue playing them after they are removed.

What do you think about the games coming and leaving in the Xbox Game Pass July update? Have you hopped onto the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription plan yet? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, or MeWe.

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Last Updated on February 3, 2021.


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