- Xbox Game Pass is adding Madden NFL 24 to its catalog on February 8.
- The AAA title will be available on PC Game Pass and XGS Ultimate tiers.
- While the game has yet to appear in the XGS catalog, fans eager to start playing it can already jump into its 10-hour demo, as its progress will carry over to the full version of Madden NFL 24.
Xbox Game Pass is adding Madden NFL 24 to its content catalog on February 8. This is the fourth addition to Microsoft’s subscription offering since the turn of the month, and the first sports title to reach Xbox Game Pass since F1 23 debuted on the platform in mid-January.
The latest installment in EA’s Madden series was released for PC and consoles in mid-August. While it wasn’t treated to a same-day release on Microsoft’s subscription service, there was a brief window of opportunity for Xbox Game Pass members to play Madden NFL 24 free of charge back in September.
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That offer is now set to return indefinitely, as Madden NFL 24 will soon be joining the February wave of Xbox Game Pass releases. Although EA Sports’ AAA title has yet to appear in the XGS library as of 4am ET, Microsoft’s subscribers eager to start playing it can jump into its 10-hour free trial that’s also available via Game Pass, as the progress from the demo carries over to the full version of the football sim. The trial itself is planned to be pulled from Xbox Game Pass as soon as Madden NFL 24 gets added to its content library.
New Xbox Game Pass Games for February 2024 List
- Persona 3 Reload (Cloud, Console, and PC) – February 2
- Anuchard (Cloud, Console, and PC) – February 6
- Train Sim World (Cloud, Console, and PC) – February 7
- Madden NFL 24 (Console and PC) – February 8
- PC Game Pass and Ultimate tiers only
- Resident Evil 3 (Cloud, Console, and PC) – February 13
- Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (Cloud, Console, and PC) – February 14
- A Little To The Left (Cloud, Console, and PC) – February 15
- PlateUp! (Cloud, Console, and PC) – February 15
- Return to Grace (Cloud, Console, and PC) – February 20
While the addition of Madden NFL 24 to Xbox Game Pass might lower the appeal of its predecessor, the previous entry in the franchise won’t necessarily be leaving Microsoft’s subscription service anytime soon. That’s suggested by the fact that all of the recent installments in the franchise have enjoyed prolonged Xbox Game Pass stints, ranging from 18 months to two years. In fact, both Madden NFL 23 and 22 are still available on the service as of February 2024. Given that state of affairs, the imminent arrival of the latest franchise entry might only result in an immediate removal of Madden NFL 22 from Game Pass, while the 2023 installment will remain available for the time being.
Madden NFL 24 has yet to be added to Game Pass as of 4am ET on February 8. In the meantime, Microsoft’s subscribers can jump into its 10-hour trial that’s also available via Game Pass and supports save data transfer to the full version of the game.
Some football fans are likely to welcome the continued availability of last year’s game, which is still held in higher regard. In contrast, Madden NFL 24 has been flooded with negative reviews following its release, with many players taking aim at its monetization practices and polish, or lack thereof. Madden NFL 24 will only be available to PC Game Pass and XGS Ultimate members, who have access to the EA Play catalog.
Moving forward, at least five more titles will be added to the Xbox Game Pass library before the end of the month. The first of that lot is Capcom’s Resident Evil 3 remake, which is scheduled to reach the service on February 13.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is the highest tier of Microsoft’s flagship game subscription service that offers over 100 game titles that you can play with a single purchase, making it one of the most outstanding value propositions of the Xbox ecosystem to date.