With the reveal of Remedy’s CrossfireX single player campaign at last week’s Xbox Games Showcase, we got to see a glimpse of what will be one of the biggest console exclusive titles heading to Xbox One and Xbox Series X in 2020.
But how will you get to play it? A few eyebrows were raised by the small print on the trailer that said “CrossfireX multiplayer is free to play (Xbox Live Gold required). Single player not in Xbox Game Pass (sold separately).” This stood out as an exception to Microsoft’s general rule that everything on show would be available in Xbox Game Pass. So what’s the dish?
Simply put, everything during the Xbox Games Showcase will be in Xbox Game Pass… or it’s a free to play game. So with CrossfireX’s multiplayer being free to play, the single player can be released outside of Game Pass. This has been revealed that CrossfireX’s campaign will be available in a “Premium Battle Pass” at launch, coming alongside the free to play multiplayer modes.
We got a behind the scenes look at a mission from the CrossfireX campaign and the work that Remedy have done with their first first person shooter, twisting their Northlight engine to a new use. You can read some of our thoughts and impressions, alongside input from the game’s creators in our CrossfireX campaign preview.
CrossfireX is the console oriented follow up to the hugely popular PC original, which has managed to amass a staggering 650 million players. It features two warring PMC factions, the Global Risk and Black List, and it’s their globetrotting escapades that the single player campaign will tell. Operation Spectre is the first of these, telling the store of Luis Torres as he’s transformed from a petty thief into the Ghost, a super soldier for the Black List.
The first gameplay teaser for CrossfireX came at XO19 last year, following on from the E3 2019 announcement. At the time it was only confirmed for Xbox One, but with mention of “Xbox consoles” plural, it teased that the game would be coming natively to Xbox Series X (which was still codenamed Project Scarlett at the time).
CrossfireX is coming as a timed exclusive to Xbox One and Xbox Series X this year – a “console launch exclusive” as revealed during the Xbox Games Showcase. The multiplayer will be free-to-play, with Remedy’s single player story campaign sold separately.
Source: Xbox Wire