Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass: NBA 2K21, Football Manager 2021, and More


It’s time to break out those foam fingers! We’re kicking off March with some of the most iconic video game sports franchises. To give you a rerun, Madden NFL 21 has just stepped into the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate library with EA Play (plus a few more games are coming to the Play List soon!), But we don’t stop there. Whether you want to recharge the grate, go to the soccer field, or shoot three pointers in the field, we have it all for you. Let us begin!

Coming soon

Madden NFL 21 (Console) EA Play – Available Now!
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can now give their all when Madden NFL 21 joins the Play List with EA Play. Packed with new features and innovative gameplay enhancements, Madden NFL 21 brings a new level of ingenuity and control designed to inspire creativity on and off the field. Active members can play as much as they want, whenever they want, and receive 3 Gold Team Fantasy MUT packs every month!

Football Manager 2021 (PC) – March 4th
Manage the club you love and compete for the biggest prizes in the game as you cement your legacy as one of the big-time managers. Set in a living, breathing world of football, you will sign child prodigies and develop their full potential by developing a tactical strategy designed to capitalize on their strengths. With 2,000+ clubs waiting for you to lead them to stardom, where will you take your first step towards leadership?

Football Manager 2021 Xbox Edition (Console and PC) – March 4th
Experience the drama and excitement of the world’s most popular football management simulation as it returns to the biggest stage. Experience the spectacle of the game days in the 3D match engine or use the “immediate result” option to jump straight to the full-time whistle and accelerate your progress during the season. Alternatively, pit yourself against your friends for the ultimate bragging rights in one of several online modes.

NBA 2K21 (Cloud and Console) – March 4th
NBA 2K21 continues to set the standard as the most authentic and realistic basketball video game. Enjoy first-class gameplay and a unique immersion in all facets of NBA basketball and basketball culture. Advance from high school to college ball on your way to the league in MyCareer, or build your largest collection of the newest NBA stars and legendary ballers in MyTEAM to compete against other wild collectors around the world. Jump in now and find out why NBA 2K21 is all game.

Star Wars: Squadrons (Console) EA Play – Coming in March
Master the art of starfighter combat in the authentic Star Wars: Squadrons pilot experience. Feel the adrenaline of first-person multiplayer space dogfights alongside your squadron and experience an engaging Star Wars story.

NHL 21 (Console) EA Play – Coming in April
Carve your way to superstar and become one of the biggest in the league in an expanded Be A Pro mode. On the ice, change your attack with all new moves, dece, dangle and evasive maneuvers inspired by the league’s most pioneering innovators.

In case you missed it

Cricket 19 (PC) – Available now
The official game of the 2019 Ashes Championship is the complete cricket simulation. With a host of exciting, brand new features that add even more depth and rich new content to Big Ant Studios’ acclaimed cricket engine. Master historical scenarios for classic games through the ages and develop the career from junior to national captain. Take part in the fully licensed Ashes cricket mode or lead your nation to the biggest world championship in the classic 50-over-one-day mode.

Elite Dangerous (Cloud) – Available now
Take control of your own spaceship in a cutthroat galaxy. Elite Dangerous is the definitive massive multiplayer space epic that brings the modern generation the original open world adventure of the game with a connected galaxy, an evolving narrative, and the entirety of the Milky Way in its full galactic proportions.

DLC / game updates

Control DLC Sale – Available March 8th
Xbox Game Pass members can save 50% on Foundation and AWE expansions or 35% on the Season Pass for Control through March 8th and bring in new story content and side missions as well as weapons and mods.

Gears 5: Operations 6 DLC Bundle – Available now
Xbox Game Pass members can save 10% and prepare for Operation 6 with the new Gears 5 Operation 6 DLC bundle that unlocks Hoffman, Queen Reyna, the Zealot and many extras. Honor the heroes of Gears in Operation 6 with these new characters, a new multiplayer map, a renewed Tour of Duty, and more!

Minecraft: The Mountain – Available now
Get your free Minecraft: The Mountain adventure card in the Minecraft Marketplace today. An exciting adventure card inspired by the brand new novel by bestselling author Max Brooks. Explore the world presented in the book, complete games and challenges, and unlock a surprise reward. The novel Minecraft: The Mountain is out now!

Xbox Game Pass Quests

March starts with 4X Points rewarded for certain heroic (or vicious) ultimate quests! If you’ve never tried quests before, this is the month to dive into. Don’t forget to always get your reward points after completing your quests.

Try these weekly Ultimate Quests for 4x points:

  • Battlefield 1 (EA Play) – 200 points: Be in the best squad once
  • Batman: Arkham Knight – 200 points: Defeat 50 thugs (March 9th)

Leaving soon

The following games will leave the Xbox Game Pass library on March 15th. Take some time to sort out any open questions before you leave! If you want to keep going, your membership discount can save you 20% on games and 10% on DLC.

Departure on March 15th

  • Alvastia Chronicles (console and PC)
  • Astrologer (pc)
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (Console and PC)
  • Kona (console)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (console)

I will personally be celebrating with a solo tailgate party from my couch while these games install and cheer when they hit the end zone of my download queue (it’s the little things to get upset about). As always, keep an eye on Twitter and Instagram for updates when these games become available and a reminder when you want to get into the zone – you can get your first month of Ultimate for just $ 1. I’ll see you next time!



Robert Dunfee