Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox Game Pass Tweet Quickly Dismissed as False Alarm

Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox Game Pass Tweet Quickly Dismissed as False Alarm

An account claiming to represent Xbox Portugal removed and apologized for the message.

When a sizable third-party title launches day and date on Xbox Game Pass, it's a big deal—just look at how happy people were that The Outer Worlds launched on it. So, it immediately seemed odd when word of a Cyberpunk 2077 Game Pass launch came via a Twitter account claiming to represent Xbox Portugal, but it didn't take long for the statement to be retracted.

Twitter insider Nibel was quick to spot and screenshot the announcement while warning readers to take it with a grain of salt; @xbox_pt, the account in question, claims to be the official account for Xbox Portugal, but is not verified on Twitter. Xbox's accounts for other regions, including America, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, and more are all verified, raising an immediate red flag.

Regardless, the @xbox_pt account soon deleted the announcement and replied with an apology, adding that it meant to talk about the special Cyberpunk 2077 Xbox One X bundle and had "no information regarding Xbox Game Pass."

USgamer has reached out to Microsoft to ask whether the account in question is indeed an official representative for Xbox Portugal. It's certainly possible this was a mistake made through an official account—Twitter's verification process for companies isn't perfect—but either way, don't take it as an early slip-up for a reveal.

As one of the most highly anticipated games of 2020, it'd be unprecedented for a non-first-party title of Cyberpunk's budget and scale to launch on Game Pass. Could it be added to the service a while after release, like Red Dead Redemption 2 is about to be? Possibly.

Here's what we do know, though: while Cyberpunk 2077 will launch on PC, PS4, and Stadia too, CD Projekt Red has been working closely with Microsoft in the lead-up to its September 17, 2020 release, from last year's Keanu Reeves appearance at E3 to the aforementioned special edition One X and word that Cyberpunk 2077 will have a free Smart Delivery upgrade when it's eventually released for Xbox Series X. Just don't get your hopes up for Game Pass so soon.

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