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Is High on Life Free? An In-Depth Look at Pricing for Squanch Games‘ New Shooter

If you‘ve seen the wacky trailers for High on Life, you may be wondering – can I play this game for free? Or will I have to shell out some cash?

I‘ve got good news and bad news. Let‘s start with the bad: No, High on Life is not a free game. Unlike many shooter franchises like Fortnite or Call of Duty: Warzone, there is no standalone free-to-play High on Life release.

So if you want to play High on Life, you‘ll have to pay…but there are some great options to reduce the cost! Keep reading and I‘ll explain how you can experience High on Life for cheap (or even free) depending on your platform.

Is High on Life Free with Xbox Game Pass?

This is going to be music to Xbox owners‘ ears – High on Life is included at no additional cost with an Xbox Game Pass subscription!

Xbox Game Pass is a Netflix-style service that offers access to over 100 games for a monthly fee. And High on Life is available on Game Pass right at launch.

Here‘s a quick look at how to claim your free copy of High on Life with Game Pass:

  • Xbox Game Pass for Console – At just $9.99/month, this plan provides High on Life free on Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One.
  • PC Game Pass – For $9.99/month, you can download High on Life for free on Windows PCs.
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – This premium bundle ($14.99/month) includes High on Life on console, PC, and cloud gaming.

Based on the typical $60 price tag for new releases like High on Life, Game Pass pays for itself quickly if you want to play on Xbox or PC!

Now keep in mind that Game Pass is a subscription – you‘ll lose access if you cancel. But upgrading to at least one month of Game Pass is currently the only way to play High on Life completely free.

What If I Don‘t Have Xbox Game Pass?

Okay, what if you‘re not ready to commit to a Game Pass subscription? In that case, you‘ll have to buy High on Life outright:

  • Xbox Store – On Xbox consoles, High on Life retails for $59.99 as a digital download.
  • Steam – The Steam version on PC is also priced at $59.99. No Game Pass discount here!

Given the humor and uniqueness of High on Life, paying full price may still be worth it if you‘re a shooter fan. But Game Pass is easily the best way to go if you just want a free trial.

Now unfortunately…

Is High on Life on PlayStation or Nintendo?

I‘ve got some bad news if you game exclusively on PlayStation or Nintendo platforms – High on Life is not available on PS5, PS4, Switch, or any other non-Xbox consoles in 2022.

This Xbox and PC exclusive release is thanks to Microsoft‘s acquisition of High on Life publisher Squanch Games.

So PlayStation and Switch gamers are out of luck for now. But don‘t lose hope! High on Life could eventually expand to other consoles down the road.

Does Game Pass Include the High on Life Season Pass?

High on Life offers fans the option to purchase a Season Pass for $29.99. This unlocks extra content like new story episodes, weapons, bounties and more.

Unfortunately though, the Season Pass is not included with Xbox Game Pass. While you can access the base High on Life game for free, the Season Pass still needs to be bought separately.

Here are your complete pricing options if you want the additional Season Pass content:

  • Season Pass only – $29.99 to purchase the Season Pass as standalone DLC.
  • Full game + Season Pass bundle – Get everything for a discounted $89.99.

So in summary, Game Pass does not include the High on Life Season Pass at this time. You‘ll want the bundle if you‘re eyeing all that extra alien weaponry!

How Does High on Life Pricing Compare to Other Major Shooters?

To help put the High on Life pricing options in perspective, let‘s see how it lines up against pricing for some other major shooter games:

GameBase Game PriceSeason Pass/DLC PriceAvailable on Game Pass?
High on Life$59.99$29.99Yes (free with sub)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II$69.99$49.99No
Battlefield 2042$59.99n/aYes via EA Play
Halo InfiniteFree$9.99 per seasonYes (free with sub)
FortniteFreeBattle Pass $7.99n/a

As this table shows, High on Life is competitively priced in the shooter market, especially when factoring in Xbox Game Pass. While not as affordable as free-to-play titles like Fortnite, Game Pass provides a great budget option for fans to check out High on Life.

Will High on Life Ever Be Free Permanently?

For gamers wondering if High on Life will one day become a completely free title, there are a couple paths where that could happen down the road:

  • Xbox Free Play Days – Xbox will sometimes make certain games free for all users to play over a weekend. High on Life is a prime candidate for these promos after it‘s been out for 6-12 months.

  • Games With Gold – Popular Xbox games are often included as a monthly free game down the line. We could see High on Life offered this way in 2024 or beyond.

  • Epic Games Store – Epic gives away free games each week, and past Xbox exclusives have come to their store. High on Life could possibly be a freebie if it ever launches on Epic.

But the bottom line is you shouldn‘t expect High on Life to go permanently free anytime soon. Realistically, Game Pass or discounted retail sales will be your best bet for getting High on Life at a reduced price.

The Verdict: High on Life Offers Strong Value

At the end of the day, High on Life offers reasonable pricing options compared to other top shooters. While not outright free, Xbox Game Pass provides outstanding value with access to the full game at no extra cost. Given High on Life‘s exciting premise and hilarious narrative theme, Game Pass is easily the most tempting – and affordable – way to play.

For the ultimate High on Life experience, the $29.99 Season Pass is a bit pricey, but may be worth it for hardcore fans who want even more absurd weaponry and content. And while PlayStation and Nintendo fans are left in the dark for now, wider availability could come down the road.

In summary, Squanch Games provides plenty of ways to enjoy the creativity of High on Life at a budget cost. Comedy shooter aficionados can fire away at a value price point thanks to Xbox Game Pass and future discounts. Despite not being completely free-to-play, Accessible pricing makes High on Life a shooter worth trying in 2022 and beyond!



Michael Reddy is a tech enthusiast, entertainment buff, and avid traveler who loves exploring Linux and sharing unique insights with readers.