The player base for Battlefield 2042 has steadily declined after its disastrous launch and the largely barren months ago, but it looks like the game is getting a bit of a boost. Recently, a number of people from Europe reported that they had seen a “Game Pass” tag on Xbox Store lists for both Battlefield 2042 and FIFA 22. This suggests that the games are coming to the basic EA Play library (EA Play Pro subscribers can already play them) and thus also to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. The Game Pass tag was later removed from Battlefield 2042 and FIFA 22’s lists, but of course the internet never forgets.
Take this with a pinch of salt, however Xbox News, Twitter Account Idle Sloth now claims that Battlefield 2042 and FIFA 22 will hit the EA Play / Xbox Game Pass next week.
(Update) FIFA 22 does not appear to be available #XboxGamePass until next week Thursday, May 5th
– Idle Sloth💙💛 (@ IdleSloth84) April 28, 2022
As mentioned, Battlefield 2042 has been struggling since it was released, and its first season of post-launch content only arrived sometime this summer. That said, some improvements and new features have been rolled out, including an improved scoreboard and voice chat (yes, the game was launched without voice chat). Perhaps EA hopes an Xbox Game Pass release can help the game build some momentum before season 1 arrives this summer. As for FIFA 22, last year FIFA 21 was added to the EA Play / Game Pass at about the same time, so the addition is not a big surprise.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes a subscription to EA Play and its game library for $ 15 a month. You can get your first month with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $ 1. EA Play alone costs $ 5, and EA Play Pro, which includes all new EA games on Day 1, costs $ 15.
What do you think? Would you finally give Battlefield 2042 a try if it’s thrown in with your Xbox Game Pass or EA Play subscription?