Is Call of Duty the Savior of Game Pass? A Spot-On Analysis

Will Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 move the needle for Xbox Game Pass?

By Tamoor HussainTwitter: @tamoorh, Lucy JamesTwitter: @lucyjamesgames, Jessica CogswellTwitter: @awildjessichu, and Tom CaswellTwitter: @GreatBriTom on May 31, 2024 at 3:05PM PDT

Call of Duty is one of gaming’s biggest series. Xbox Game Pass is one of gaming’s biggest services. It only makes sense then that one of Xbox’s priorities–particularly after purchasing Call of Duty’s publisher, Activision–was ensuring the next title in the series is available on Game Pass.

Fortunately for Xbox and Call of Duty fans already subscribed to Game Pass, Microsoft recently confirmed that the next Call of Duty, Black Ops 6, will be included in the subscription service. Yet we can’t help but wonder if having Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 on Game Pass will actually move the needle for Microsoft. Sure, Call of Duty has a built in, loyal fanbase, but will fans who traditionally play on other consoles be motivated to enter the Microsoft ecosystem? Will those not wanting to shell out $70 to purchase the game outright be attracted by Game Pass’ lower price point?

On this week’s Spot On, Tam and Lucy discuss the current landscape of Microsoft and AAA gaming, ponder a potential Game Pass price increase, and speculate on whether BLOPS 6 might rejuvenate Game Pass.

Spot On is GameSpot’s specialized weekly news show hosted by managing editor Tamoor Hussain and senior producer Lucy James who delve into the latest gaming news. With the video game industry’s ever-evolving and expansive news cycle, there’s continually new material to discuss. In contrast to typical news shows which cover multiple stories, Spot On focuses in-depth on one major topic each week and airs every Friday.

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