Microsoft has announced that the glorious medieval fighting game Chivalry 2 has arrived on Xbox Game Pass.
The first-person multiplayer slasher is available for download on Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass now, as well as streaming through Xbox Cloud Gaming. Microsoft made the announcement in twitter (opens in new tab) in a slightly quirky gameplay clip.
The game’s addition to Game Pass is a surprise. Neither developer Torn Banner Studios nor Microsoft previously suggested that Chivalry 2 would make its way to the subscription service, breaking the usual announcement schedule.
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At the heart of Chivalry 2 are chaotically massive battles based on 64-player teams. Multi-stage fights pit a team of attackers against a bunch of defenders as you tear down castle gates, destroy siege equipment, and drive player-controlled heroes to safety. It’s all very cinematic. You’ll be charging into massive melee fights, swinging swords, throwing axes and screaming at the top of your lungs, before your head gets cut off by an unfortunate claymore.
There are several subclasses to choose from, each with a variety of weapons. While its high-skill ceiling leaves plenty of room for mastery, Chivalry 2 also works well as a gory, arcade medieval fighter. A lot of combat tweaks have been made since the first game to make your first-person fighting more intuitive and fluid. There’s even a mount system that lets you ride big horses into battle.
As bloodthirsty as Chivalry 2 sounds, it’s more comedy than tragedy. You can fire massive ballista arrows into your enemies’ hearts, pour boiling oil over their heads in siege battles, and chase them across the map with burning chickens. Think Monty Python knows Henry V.
Microsoft has yet to reveal the full lineup for October’s Xbox Game Pass, but we can expect more games to come. Last month, it added Disney’s answer to Stardew Valley, along with several other indie games.