No, Elden Ring is definitely not on Xbox Game Pass.
Microsoft has confirmed that while some users saw Elden Ring appear on Xbox Cloud Gaming as part of Xbox Game Pass, it was just a bug that has now been fixed.
“If you’ve seen Elden Ring and other games appearing as if they were playable on Xbox Cloud Gaming or Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft says this is a bug and has rolled out a fix,” said Tom Warren, editor of The Verge. via Twitter.
If you’ve seen Elden Ring and other games appear as if they’re playable on Xbox Cloud Gaming or Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft says this is a bug and a fix has been rolled out pic.twitter.com/cnYuANBaBo
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) August 10, 2022
Several games, including Elden Ring, GTA V, and Soul Hackers 2, appeared on store pages earlier today and an ad promoting Xbox Cloud Gaming. But while many speculated that this marked an Xbox Game Pass debut for the titles, it seems it was all an unintentional mistake.
“We are aware of a bug that caused some titles to incorrectly show as available with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Eurogamer. “We rolled out a solution and it has now been updated.”
Of course, it’s no surprise that gamers and Game Pass subscribers are jumping to conclusions too quickly. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time a game has been leaked in this way before it’s added to the Game Pass catalog.
Madden NFL 23 was previously on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in the same way that Elden Ring appeared here.
Likewise, we also saw a lot of red herring. Cyberpunk 2077 was rumored to be added to Xbox Game Pass when in-game footage was spotted in an ad for the online service. The game is still has yet to appear on Game Pass.
Best Xbox Game Pass Games
However, it appears that Elden Ring, GTA V and Soul Hackers 2 will remain out of service – a quick look at Xbox Game Pass and Cloud Gaming now confirms they’re not available to play.
Still, Xbox has an impressive array of games available with Fortnite recently added to its cloud-based service.
Want to know more about Xbox Game Pass? Check out our roundup of the best Xbox Game Pass games and our review of the Xbox Cloud Gaming service.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.