Doom Eternal is coming to Xbox Game Pass

It’s the first concrete effect of Microsoft’s eye-popping, $7.5 billion Bethesda acquisition. Next month, Doom Eternal will come to Xbox Game Pass, free to download and play for all subscribers.

The first-person shooter, initially released in March, sees the Doom Slayer take on the forces of Hell as they invade Earth, before turning his rage on some more heavenly opponents, the angelic Makyrs. In EGM’s review of Doom Eternal, Michael Goroff praised the lore, soundtrack, and action, but thought some of the new additions risked diluting the tight formula of its predecessor.

While this may be the first consequence of the Bethesda-Microsoft deal, it’s certainly not going to be the last. Still, we don’t know exactly how it will play out—for instance, if upcoming games like The Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield will only be playable on Xbox consoles.

Earlier this week, Xbox boss Phil Spencer told Bloomberg that Microsoft will honor Bethesda’s existing exclusivity arrangements, like with the PS5 titles Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo. But future releases, he said, would be “a case-by-case basis.”

Doom Eternal joins the Xbox Game Pass lineup on Xbox One October 1st. It’ll also arrive on Xbox Game Pass for PC later this year.

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