Microsoft Announces Xbox Game Pass April 2024 Wave 2 Lineup


Microsoft has announced the second wave of games coming to Game Pass in April 2024. Highlights include Orcs Must Die! 3, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, and the hotly anticipated Manor Lords.

Out today, April 16, is Slow Bros’ narrative game Harold Halibut (Cloud, PC, and Xbox Series X|S) as a day-one Game Pass launch. IGN’s Harold Halibut review returned an 8/10. We called it “a wholesome, handcrafted adventure with plenty of heart.”

Tomorrow, April 17, Robot Entertainment’s Orcs Must Die! 3 (Cloud, Console, and PC) hits Game Pass. Orcs Must Die! 3 got a 7/10 in IGN’s review. We said it was “very familiar to players of the second game but still a fun and goofy action/tower-defense challenge.”

A day later, on April 18, EA Sports NHL 24 (Console) launches on Game Pass Ultimate via EA Play, just in time for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. “NHL 24’s new gameplay features reinvigorate the on-ice action, but its collection of unimproved game modes has grown increasingly boring with each passing year,” we said in IGN’s NHL 24 review.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes (Cloud, Console, and PC) hits Game Pass as a day-one launch on April 23. Rabbit & Bear’s grand JRPG is set in a hand-crafted 2.5D world, and lets you assemble a six-party team from a cast of over a hundred heroes.

Another Game Pass day-one launch is Another Crab’s Treasure (Cloud, Console, and PC), out on April 25. Aggro Crab Games’ soulslike adventure is set in a crumbling underwater world. You play Kril the hermit crab.

April 26 sees the launch of Slavic Magic’s Manor Lords (Game Preview) (PC) as a day-one Game Pass release. Manor Lords is a medieval strategy game featuring in-depth city building, large-scale tactical battles, and complex economic and social simulations. It’s the top wishlisted game on Steam, ahead of the likes of Hades 2 and Hollow Knight: Silksong.