I have been looking into Xbox Game Pass, not to play anything on console, but just for PC use. It's an interesting, weird use case. Some of the games included are "Play Anywhere", which means, in theory, you can play them through the Windows store without touching a console. Does anyone know if these actually have working multiplayer without needing Xbox Live on PC?
Current List of PC/Play Anywhere games:
Gears of War 4
Halo Wars 1
Halo Wars 2
Sea of Thieves
State of Decay 2
It is $10 a month with a 14 day free trial. This seems like a good cheap way to play Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2 out of the gate on PC with multiplayer included without having to pay for Xbox live. Just don't forget to cancel it and leave it running for years, LOL.