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New Xbox game releases for April 2021: What’s new from Game Pass, Games With Gold and EA Play?

It's a good month for Xbox gaming!

Second Extinction is coming to Xbox Game Pass.

If you’re looking for some new video games to play on your Xbox console, you’re in luck! Microsoft has plentiful treats in store for April 2021.


Whether you’re a member of Xbox Game Pass or just like to buy the new releases that catch your eye, this month should be a busy one for your thumbs.

As well as adding more games to its consoles, Microsoft is also experimenting with mobile-friendly cloud gaming this month.

If you’ve already played all the best Xbox games on the market and you’re wondering what else you can play this month, keep on reading as we break it all down for you.

What’s new on Xbox Game Pass in April 2021?

Microsoft has confirmed its next batch of free games for Xbox Game Pass members, over on the Xbox Wire blog. Here’s the full list of what you can expect in April.

  • Outriders on 1st April (Cloud, Console)
  • Grand Theft Auto V on 8th April (Cloud, Console)
  • Zombie Army 4: Dead War on 8th April (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Disneyland Adventures on 8th April (Cloud)
  • Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure on 8th April (Cloud)
  • NHL 21 on 12th April (Console)
  • Rain on your Parade on 15th April (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Pathway on 15th April (PC)
  • MLB The Show 21 on 20th April (Cloud, Console)
  • Second Extinction on April 28th (Console)

Xbox Game Pass also gets backwards-compatible cloud games

For the first time ever, a series of backwards compatible games on Game Pass is going to be playable via the cloud – so you will be able to play them on your mobile phones, providing you have signed up to the Xbox Cloud Gaming Beta.

The full list of titles for this so far are:

  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • Double Dragon Neon
  • Fable II
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Jetpac Refuelled (touch controls enabled)
  • Kameo
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • Viva Piñata (touch controls enabled)

Which games are leaving Xbox Game Pass soon?

Games don’t always stay on Xbox Game Pass forever. Microsoft has confirmed that these ones will be leaving the service soon.

  • Deliver Us the Moon leaves on 15th April (Console, PC)
  • Gato Roboto leaves on 15th April (Console, PC)
  • Wargroove  leaves on 15th April (Console, PC)
  • Madden 15 (Console)
  • Madden 16 leaves on 16th April (Console)
  • Madden 17 leaves on 16th April (Console)
  • Madden 18 leaves on 16th April (Console)
  • Madden 25 leaves on 16th April (Console)
  • NHL 18 leaves on 16th April (Console)
  • NHL 19 leaves on 16th April (Console)
NHL 21 is coming to Xbox Game Pass.
NHL 21 is coming to Xbox Game Pass.

What’s new for Xbox players on EA Play in April 2021?

EA Play (the artist formerly known as EA Access) being added to Game Pass was a huge win for Xbox, and it boosted the number of titles available in quite some way. As for April 2021, the only new EA Play game we know of so far, that will be joining the service on 12th April, is NHL 21 – it joins Madden 21 that was added in March.

Another treat for EA Play fans this month is the Apex Legends: Have Faith Weapon Charm, which will drop into Respawn’s popular battle royale game on 8th April for all EA Play members.

What are the new Games With Gold in April 2021?

Microsoft has told us what we will have access to with Games with Gold via the official Xbox Wire blog post.

The four games we will have, and the dates that we can get them for free on, are as follows:

  • Vikings: Wolves of Midgard is available from 1st April to 30th April
  • Truck Racing Championship will be available from 16th April to 15th May
  • Dark Void is available from 1st April to 15th April
  • Hard Corps: Uprising will be available from 16th April to 30th April

What other games and updates come to Xbox consoles in April 2021?

Just like every other month, there are games coming that will not be part of any of the subscription services. These are some of the key dates for Xbox members to look out for this month:

  • Lost Words: Beyond the Page – Available April 6th
  • MLB The Show 21 – Available April 20th
  • MotoGP 21 – Available April 22nd
  • Nier – Available April 23rd
  • Judgement – Available April 23rd
  • R-Type Final 2 – Available April 29th
Xbox Game Pass Quests should keep you busy.
Xbox Game Pass Quests should keep you busy.

What are the Xbox Game Pass quests for April 2021?

Microsoft also keeps Xbox players busy with Xbox Game Pass quests, a series of challenges that you can complete to earn reward points. We know some of what to expect for the Xbox Game Pass quests in April, and this is what they are:

Xbox Game Pass Daily Quests for April 2021

The Xbox Game Pass daily quests running are the moment are about as simple as they come – you’ll have no problems netting these 10 reward points.

  • Play Game Pass: Play any Game Pass game (five reward points)
  • Log in to the Game Pass Mobile App (five reward points)

These are only available for one more day and new ones will follow from April 2nd – we’ll update this as soon as we know what they are.

Xbox Game Pass Weekly Quests for April 2021

The following weekly quests are running from 30th March to 5th April.

  • Earn an Achievement in any Game Pass game (10 reward points)
  • Complete four Daily Quests Complete this week (10 reward points)
  • Earn Your Way: Unlock 3 achievements or play 3 different Game Pass games (10 reward points)
  • Code Vein: Embark on a journey to the ends of hell (25 reward points)
  • Black Desert: Earn 2,000 Gifted Sellswords (200 reward points)

Xbox Game Pass Monthly Quests for April 2021

We are still waiting to hear what the monthly quests will be for April, but the following ones from March are still running and will do until April 5th – so you still have a few more days to work through them.

  • Game Pass Adventurer: Play 10 different Game Pass games (25 reward points)
  • Quest Rookie: Complete four weekly quests this month (10 reward points)
  • Quest Apprentice: Complete 8 weekly quests this month (25 reward points)
  • Quest Dedication: Complete 12 daily quests and 12 weekly quests (100 reward points)
  • Quest Completionist: Complete 45 daily quests and 15 weekly quests (1000 reward points)
  • Game Pass Games On the Go: Install 5 games using the Game Pass mobile app (25 reward points)
  • Game Pass Explorer: Play four different Game Pass games (10 reward points)
  • We Happy Few: Kill two enemies (75 reward points)
  • Injustice 2: Complete 10 Matches (75 reward points)
  • Shadow Warrior 2: Get 10,000 Money (75 reward points)
  • NieR:Automata: Complete one Objective below (75 reward points)
  • Complete two per cent Intel in NieR:Automata
  • Subjugate two Enemies in NieR:Automata

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