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Red Dead Redemption 2 goes free to download as part of Xbox Game Pass starting May 7.

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The blockbuster western, which former Kotaku editor Kirk Hamilton called “exhaustively detailed and exhaustingly beautiful” in his review, is the latest in a series of big games that have recently come to Microsoft’s subscription-based download library. The Witcher 3 was added last December, and earlier this year saw the arrival of Kingdom Hearts III, Nier Automata, and Yakuza 0.

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The PS4-equivalent service PlayStation Now has also been beefing up its library. Last month the platform, which allows you to stream games in addition to downloading them, added 2018’s excellent Spider-Man. The competition between Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Now has been great for people who don’t necessarily get to high-profile games when they first come out and are willing to wait a year or two.

At the same time, new games coming to the platforms often come at a price, and sure enough Game Pass getting Red Dead Redemption 2 in May means it will also be losing Grand Theft Auto V which was only just added in January.

Kotaku staff writer. You can reach him at ethan.gach@kotaku.com

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