Microsoft reportedly set to put next Call of Duty on Xbox Game Pass on Day 1

A decision has apparently been reached

Recent reports cast doubt on whether Microsoft would put upcoming Call of Duty titles on Xbox Game Pass at release, as it has publicly indicated since the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, but according to Wall Street Journal the company has finally come to a decision in this regard: Call of Duty will come to Game Pass on Day 1. 

According to the report, Microsoft plans on sharing this information with the public during its Xbox Games Showcase on June 9, 2024. A separate showcase highlighting the new Call of Duty title, which is allegedly set during the Gulf War and will be released in its usual Fall window, is set to take place right afterwards.

The Verge’s Tom Warren added that Microsoft has been considering a price increase for Game Pass Ultimate, which would make sense in the context of the newest Call of Duty game joining the subscription service.

Activision usually manages to sell millions of copies of the game for a full price every year, so the step from Microsoft is certainly a bold one. Internal discussions have apparently been revolving around exactly this dilemma, as there are worries that putting the new title on Game Pass on Day 1 would undermine game sales among PC and Xbox Series X|S owners.

Microsoft’s gaming operations have been under fire recently for shutting down four Xbox studios while its hardware sales are plummeting. Its costly acquisition of Activision Blizzard increased key numbers in the company’s latest earnings report, but has also ensured that shareholders who may not have paid much attention to Xbox previously are now scrutinizing whether these massive investments into gaming are generating value for them.

Marco Wutz


Marco Wutz is a writer from Parkstetten, Germany. He has a degree in Ancient History and a particular love for real-time and turn-based strategy games like StarCraft, Age of Empires, Total War, Age of Wonders, Crusader Kings, and Civilization as well as a soft spot for Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail. He began covering StarCraft 2 as a writer in 2011 for the largest German community around the game and hosted a live tournament on a stage at gamescom 2014 before he went on to work for Bonjwa, one of the country's biggest Twitch channels. He branched out to write in English in 2015 by joining, the global center of the StarCraft scene run by Team Liquid, which was nominated as the Best Coverage Website of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards in 2017. He worked as a translator on The Crusader Stands Watch, a biography in memory of Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka, and provided live coverage of many StarCraft 2 events on the social channels of as well as DreamHack, the world's largest gaming festival. From there, he transitioned into writing about the games industry in general after his graduation, joining GLHF, a content agency specializing in video games coverage for media partners across the globe, in 2021. He has also written for NGL.ONE, kicker, ComputerBild, USA Today's ForTheWin, The Sun, Men's Journal, and Parade. Email: