17 July 2020
UPDATE (June 2nd, 2021):
Google Play Pass has now been expanded to 48 new countries. It means the paid subscription service for Android users is now available in a total of 90 countries. The team has also added a few new games like Evoland II, Crying Suns, Botanicula, and Night of the Full Moon. Google has also teamed up with Verizon to offer a free 12-month subscription to users of select unlimited plans.
Original (July 15th, 2020)
Google's Play Pass subscription service is now expanding to 9 new countries outside the United States. These new markets include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The expansion has already begun and is expected to get completed by the end of this week. It means if you are from these regions but are not seeing the service yet, just wait for some time.
The expansion of the service has been announced about 10 months after its official launch. Google has further added a new annual plan that will cost $29.99 per year. It is meant for long-term users and will help them save money as otherwise, they have to pay $4.99 each month. The new annual plan is currently limited to the U.S. users and if someone is already on a monthly plan, they can upgrade anytime from the Google Play Store app.
Lastly, Google has revealed that about 150 new gaming titles have been added to the service since its release. These new titles are said to be spread across different categories so that there is something for everyone. The team is currently working on bringing more new titles to the service that will be added in the coming months.
In case you did not know already, Play Pass is a subscription service that allows Android users to play games by paying a fixed monthly/yearly fee. A plan offers unlimited access to all the games in the catalog with no need for purchasing them separately or buying in-app purchases content. This is similar to Apple Arcade available on iOS and macOS devices.