The news was confirmed recently by CD Projekt Red’s Lead PR Manager, Radek Grabowski, on Twitter.
When VentureBeat journalist Jeff Grubb used Cyberpunk 2077 as an example of the kind of blockbuster third-party release that Microsoft might look to have on Game Pass, Grabowski headed off any further speculation by responding “You’ll have to pick another example, Jeff. No Game Pass plans for Cyberpunk 2077.”
You have to pick another example, Jeff. No Game Pass plans for Cyberpunk 2077.July 10, 2020
You shall not Game Pass
Giving subscribers unlimited access to over 100 games for a monthly fee of $9.99 / £7.99 / AU$10.95 Xbox Game Pass is an appealing proposition for Xbox owners, especially as Xbox first-party titles are available on it at launch.
However, it’s not entirely surprising that CD Projekt Red isn’t interested in making Cyberpunk 2077 a Game Pass title, at least not straight away. Although Game Pass is proving popular, amassing millions of subscribers, Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most highly-anticipated titles of this year and making it available on the subscription service on release would mean running the risk of losing sales.
So while CD Projekt Red and Xbox have had a good relationship in the run up to the release of Cyberpunk 2077, what with the special edition Xbox One X and controller, Xbox Game Pass doesn’t appear to be in the pipeline.