Game Pass subscriptions slowed in fiscal year 2021, according to a new document released by Microsoft.
In the new financial statements, Microsoft revealed that Xbox Game Pass subscriptions increased by 37.5%, below the internal target of 47.8%. In contrast, last year Microsoft exceeded its goal of growing the Xbox Game Pass, increasing subscriptions by nearly 86% over its goal of 71%.
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This means that Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription has been delayed for the past year, probably a combination of factors. One of the key promises of the Xbox Game Pass is that first-party titles will be available on the date and time of service. So far in 2021, first-party titles have been largely driven by Age of Empires remasters, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and Psychonauts 2.
New first-party titles such as Age of Empires 4 and Halo Infinite are still months away, fulfilling Game Pass’s major first-party dates and date release promises.
And the Xbox Game Pass continues to be an important focus across Microsoft. Service growth is an important performance indicator for Microsoft executives. This means that achieving the desired growth goals will give bonuses to members of Microsoft’s leadership team. As Axios reports, Game Pass growth is the only pure gaming indicator of executive payment plans and emphasizes its importance.
As Microsoft’s first-party products grow, it can affect the number of Xbox Game Pass subscriptions.
Matt TM Kim is a news editor at IGN.You can reach him @lawoftd..