According to the developer Magic Cube, Merge & Blade, an auto-battler puzzle game, achieved over 400,000 users within a month of its official launch on Xbox, Game Pass, and Steam. Looking at the game’s Steam record, it’s evident that Xbox Game Pass is the primary channel responsible for its high user count. The game’s accessible gameplay and favorable reviews, blending grid-based puzzle mechanics with auto-battle strategy components, appear to have lowered the threshold for downloading the game, attracting an substantial following.
To retain its player base, Magic Cube has revised its update plan to release three new characters every two to three months. The first update, set for early April, will bring eight new characters and two new roguelike modes, which will significantly change the gameplay from our own experience.
Furthermore, Magic Cube is currently developing touch controls for Xbox Game Pass mobile streaming service, which would enhance the accessibility of the game for mobile users. Merge & Blade’s success, along with the even more successful Vampire Survivors, demonstrates that Xbox Game Pass can propel indie projects into the spotlight and help gamers discover hidden gems in the indie development community.