Australians Will Have To Wait For Google Play Pass

Australians Will Have To Wait For Google Play Pass
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Google Play Pass is being released in the United States to size up its Apple Arcade competition but it looks like Australians will have to wait a while.

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Speaking to Gizmodo Australia a Google spokesperson said, “Play Pass is coming to Android devices in the U.S. this week, and we’ll be bringing it to additional countries soon.”

While there has been no confirmation if Australia will be one of them, we’re holding out hope. In the meantime, this is what we know so far.

What is it?

Google Play Pass is a subscription service for the Google Play Store, which will grant you with a selection of premium games and apps for a monthly price. That monthly cost is $US4.99 a month and means included games won’t come with in-app purchases or those pesky ads.

The service comes with more than 350 apps and games, according to Google’s post, and you’ll need an Android device with at least version 4.4 and Play Store version 16.6.25 and above.

What games are included?

Like most monthly subscription services, there’s a rotation of content meaning the games the service starts might not stay the same month-on-month. It’s not clear how many games will be added and drop out each month but we’ll assume it’s around parity for now.

Stardew Valley will be included on Google Play Pass. Image: Chucklefish via Steam

What we do know, based on the trailer and Google’s blog post, is the following titles should be included for now:

  • 60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure
  • Bridge Constructor Panel
  • Chameleon Run
  • Evoland
  • Lichtspeer
  • Lumino City
  • Mini Metro
  • Monument Valley 2
  • Old Man’s Journey
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones
  • Risk
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Stardew Valley
  • Suzy Cube
  • Terraria
  • The Bug Butcher
  • Titan Quest
  • Toca Nature
  • Wayward Souls

Some more of the titles included can be viewed on the dedicated Play Pass page.

Will it come to Australia?

Unlike Apple Arcade, which is available to Australians with iOS 13 right now, Google Play Pass hasn’t actually been confirmed for release here too. As we mentioned above, Google could only tell us that it’s coming to more countries soon.

So, while it seems likely Google will introduce the service to Australia as well, it’s probably waiting to see how well it fares in the U.S. and what titles it can secure before we can get our clammy hands all over it. When it does, the $US4.99 a month will probably go up to $7.99 per month for Australians.

Until then, Apple Arcade it is.

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