The Xbox Game Pass has steadily been one of the best options for those who may not have all the time or money to play each game that releases for any given console. This refers to Xbox only, but gamers can try and beat full-fledged and indie games completely free based on their subscription service. Well, apart from the initial subscription fee itself. However, there are a plethora of titles to choose from, which won’t cost everyone $60 or $70 dollars to purchase and play. One of the newest titles is that of Tunic, a highly revered Legend of Zelda clone. The game officially launched today and was coupled as an Xbox Game Pass release.
Tunic is an action-adventure game with puzzle elements that follow the life of a cute little fox in a tunic, who also uses a shield and sword as its weaponry. The fox certainly bears a striking resemblance to another boy who wears a tunic. Maybe you can all guess the link…no… maybe? Polygon referred to Tunic as being, “a delightful, puzzling journey.” The game certainly looks to be entertaining and reminiscent of the original Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past game. But unlike the top-down view in A Link to the Past, Tunic takes the player through an isometric perspective, though the option to use the top-down view is still allowed in combat. Also much like its predecessor, players will have to control the anthropomorphic fox through areas using a weapon of some kind, before they can get to the next. Andrew Shouldice developed the game by himself and rebranded and published it via help from Finji Studios.
Microsoft and Xbox seem to be well versed in surprising their fans, and that is certainly true when announcing titles that are being added to the Xbox Game Pass. In fact, during last year’s E3 conference, Microsoft blew the roof off the place with their announced titles for the subscription service. Back 4 Blood, the spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead, was a day one launch, the upcoming Bethesda epic, Starfield, will be a day one launch. Now we all get to experience Tunic as a day one launch. The game has also been a long time coming, so fans will be delighted to know that they can jump right on Xbox and experience this new adventure. Tunic had initially been revealed as Secret Legend back in 2015 but would then be revamped to be Tunic by 2017. Finally, in December of 2021, developers Shouldice and Finji announced the March release.
With the announcement of the initial game some seven years ago, it’s great that Tunic is finally getting to see the light of day. Even better is that Xbox Game Pass owners are going to be able to jump right into this Fox-led adventure. Tunic is available now on Microsoft, Mac, Xbox One, Xbox X/S. Again, fans who happen to be subscribers of the Xbox Game Pass can take on this new journey for free. The game has been placed on other storefronts for $29.99.