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UP IN THE CLOUD: BETHESDA TITLES SEE NEW LIFE ON GAME PASS

The Microsoft and Bethesda merger is officially complete, bringing with it a slew of titles available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers starting on March 12 (Microsoft did not respond to request for the number of downloads Bethesda titles saw in their first weekend on Game Pass).

Five of the biggest Bethesda titles, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, Fallout 4, Fallout 76, Prey and Dishonored: Definitive Edition, have been updated to enable FPS boost on the next-generation Xbox consoles. The FPS boost means doubling the original framerate to make the game visually smoother and give players a more immersive experience. Xbox is also giving players who prefer the original gameplay experience the option to turn the FPS boost off on any of the five titles.

In other collaboration news, EA Play will be available for all Xbox Game Pass PC and Ultimate members through the EA desktop app as of 12 p.m. PT on March 18. In gaining access to EA Play, members will receive exclusive in-game challenges and rewards as well as The Play List, a collection of “outstanding” EA games, 10 percent savings on purchases of EA digital content and trial access to full versions of select new releases.

Microsoft also announced on Monday that Outriders, the upcoming RPG from Square Enix and People Can Fly, will be available on Game Pass when it launches on April 1.

Finally, Undertale, the 2D RPG from Toby Fox, is now available on Xbox Game Pass and for purchase in the Microsoft store. According to Xbox, there are a few enhancements in the game designed specifically for a better console playing experience.

Elsewhere in cloud gaming…

FIFA 21 lands on the Google Stadia store March 17 for the discounted price of $24.99. To celebrate, Stadia is hosting a FIFA community play day on March 18. Players can face off against Stadia staff to see if they have what it takes to win. Find out how to play here.

A number of action adventure games are en route to the Stadia library. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition is currently available for purchase for a limited-time price of $31.99. Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince and Blue Fire are coming to the platform soon, though no arriva dates were provided. Terraria, a popular sandbox game, arrives March 18 for $9.99.

Stadia is also offering Free Play Days for NBA 2K21 through 9 a.m. PT March 23.

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