Xbox News: New Game Pass release, Destiny 2 Vaulting, Xbox Series X stock update

A new Xbox Game Pass release this week provides the latest day one launch to the popular Xbox One and Xbox Series X library.

Back 4 Blood is one of the biggest launches for the service in 2021, following in the footsteps of Hades, Psychonauts 2 and The Ascent.

The zombie shooter is a perfect addition to Game Pass, providing a tense new co-op world that’s best experienced in a multiplayer setting.

But while Back 4 Blood is one of the biggest Day One launches of 2021 so far, it’s about to be overshadowed.

Waiting in the wings is Halo Infinite, which arrives in December 2021 and includes a free-to-play multiplayer component.

Early feedback suggests that the PvP combat is going to be a big seller and while Game Pass won’t be required to play, you can imagine there will be plenty of freebies thrown in for those who do.

The other big piece of content will be the Halo Infinite Campaign, which has yet to be fully revealed by developers 343 Industries.

If this does arrive on time, it will mark one of the biggest Day One launches for Xbox Game Pass in its history.

And before then, Forza Horizon 5 will also be arriving as part of Xbox Game Pass on November 9, making for another huge release.

One piece of bad news that Xbox Game Pass fans received this week is that the Destiny 2 Forsaken expansion is undergoing some major changes.

And not just Game Pass, with Bungie confirming that they are planning to vault a huge chunk of the game very soon.

Bungie has been clear that not all of the expansion will be disappearing but that the Forsaken Campaign will be disappearing next year, telling fans:

“Beginning on February 22, the Forsaken campaign and the Tangled Shore destination will enter the DCV (Note: The Dreaming City destination will continue to be available), along with Year 4 Seasonal content, including the Presage and Harbinger Exotic missions. We understand the unique value of these definitively Destiny experiences and are investigating ways to reprise and create new exciting Exotic special missions within Destiny 2 for the future.

“Vaulting this content will allow us the space to launch The Witch Queen expansion and its new Throne World destination, as well as new features like weapon crafting, the new Legendary difficulty campaign option, the new Glaive weapon archetype, plus all the additional content we have planned for the four new Seasons to come starting in February.

“While most of the Year 4 Seasonal content will be vaulted, certain Year 4 content will persist in Year 5, including the Proving Grounds strike and the Battlegrounds activities. Beginning in February, the existing Battlegrounds will be combined with strikes into a new “Vanguard Operations” playlist that will be free for all players. In addition, the Warden of Nothing strike will remain in the game and will be available to all players for free. Lastly, all of Spider’s currency exchange function will be taken over by Master Rahool in the Tower when the Tangled Shore is moved into the DCV.”

Xbox Series X stock became available to buy once again in the UK this week, this time around on the website for supermarket chain ASDA.

The Xbox Series X is priced at £449.99 on the ASDA website, with the online store also listing a range of Xbox games that you could pick up for your shiny new console.

Popular Xbox Series X games listed on the ASDA site included FIFA 22, the latest entry in EA’s all-conquering footie series.

The latest Xbox restock became available around 6pm on October 12, with othe restocks appearing on the Microsoft Store earlier in the week.

Elsewhere the Smyths Toys website says it’s expecting another Xbox Series X console restock at some point this month.

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