Next Thursday, we'll have gone less than two weeks from news of Microsoft buying Bethesda's parent company ZeniMax for $7.5 billion to having Doom Eternal, one of 2020's biggest game releases, suddenly available as part of Xbox Game Pass. There's one catch, though: PC players will need to wait a bit longer than their console compatriots.
After dropping a not-so-subtle hint about the Doom Slayer's imminent arrival on Game Pass yesterday, Microsoft has confirmed that Doom Eternal will join Xbox Game Pass on October 1 for console. As for PC, it'll join Game Pass there "later in 2020" according to the announcement from Xbox Wire.
So, at least on Xbox consoles, Doom Eternal will arrive on Game Pass just a few weeks before the launch of Eternal's first single-player expansion, The Ancient Gods - Part One, which will be out on October 20. This means Eternal will also be out on Game Pass before the game's launch on Nintendo Switch, which is still forthcoming.
With the dust not yet settled on Microsoft snapping up Bethesda, we still don't know if or when other games in the publisher's back catalog are scheduled to join Xbox Game Pass. A few Bethesda titles like Dishonored 2 and Fallout 76 are already Game Pass titles for both Xbox and PC.
New Bethesda games will be treated like any other first-party Microsoft release from here on out, meaning day-and-date Game Pass launches are guaranteed. The only exceptions to this rule are Ghostwire: Tokyo and Deathloop, which already have exclusivity arrangements in place with Sony for launches on PlayStation 5.
Doom Eternal should also turn some heads on the Xbox Series X and Series S in the near future, Game Pass or not. Prior to the acquisition, Bethesda confirmed that both it and The Elder Scrolls Online will receive free next-gen upgrades on both Xbox and PlayStation.