Marvel Entertainment has partnered with Xbox to provide Game Pass subscribers with access to thousands of comics via Marvel Unlimited.
A promotion running from March 22 to March 31 adds three whole months of Marvel Unlimited, the comics giant’s subscription service for digital comics. Just out of the box, this is a great deal as Marvel Unlimited usually costs $10 a month, though a $70 annual membership is also available.
Subscriptions give you access to more than 29,000 comics with new comics being added weekly. This is on top of the already great value of Game Pass Ultimate, which provides subscribers with hundreds of great games playable on Xbox consoles, PC and via Cloud Gaming on mobile devices and lower spec computers.
So if you’re looking to brush up on your Marvel comics history and play some games too, this is a great time to be a subscriber to Game Pass Ultimate. Unfortunately, there’s a catch to that wonderful Marvel perk. Only new subscribers who are based in the U.S. and U.S. territories can claim this perk. (audible groans from folks like me who live outside the U.S.)
“The offer is only available to fans who are not current or former subscribers of Marvel Unlimited, and needs to be redeemed by May 31,” reads a post on the official Marvel website. That is further reinforced in the legal disclaimer attached to said post: “Offer valid for new Marvel Unlimited subscribers only and for Game Pass subscribers in the US and US territories.”
That means if you’re a current or previous subscriber to Marvel Unlimited, you’re ineligible for this perk. That’s assuming you’re based in the U.S. (or have made use of a VPN service to fake your IP address – ed). That being said, a related deal lets new members of the Marvel Insider program avail of a month of Game Pass, but it is only available to U.S. residents and valid for new Game Pass members only.
Paired with Marvel Unlimited, Game Pass is as close to being the best way to get your Marvel fix. The only thing missing is some kind of streaming service for all the Marvel shows you might want to watch. Oh wait. It’s unfortunate that those outside the U.S. won’t be able to take advantage of this deal.
Game Pass is a great entry point for Marvel fans into the Xbox ecosystem, what with games like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Marvel’s Avengers being among the available games on the service. In our review of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, my good friend Matthew wrote that it’s “a wildly entertaining, visually spectacular and very often heartfelt adventure with sneaky helpings of choice baked between the layers of its 20 hour campaign.”