Just over a week ago, Microsoft announced that the Xbox exclusive Space Jam: A New Legacy - The Game would launch first as a free perk for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Subscribers. Not surprisingly, that prediction has come to pass. Ultimate members can indeed download the new Space Jam game, a pretty good beat 'em up with 3-player local co-op, right now. It's probably the safest and easiest way to beat up enemies with a basketball, after all.
To get Space Jam: A New Legacy - The Game ahead of its wide release on July 15, you must be an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber. Then...
- Launch the Game Pass app.
- Head to the Perks section.
- Claim your Space Jam: A New Legacy - The Game perk to receive a code.
- Redeem the code for the game.
The game is just what it looked like in the announcement screenshots: a low-budget beat 'em up loosely based on the new Space Jam film. 1-3 local players can choose from Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, and Lebron Bunny, I mean James. Those are the only playable characters. A quick intro will explain that the Tron version of Don Cheadle has trapped our three heroes in the Matrix or something, and then the game begins.
Controls are simple enough, with all functions handled by different combinations of the X and A buttons. As in most beat 'em ups, players can punch, dash, and perform a life-consuming area attack. Unique to Space Jam, the team can also throw, charge up a throw, or pass the single basketball they all share. Finally, 8 unlockable "Space Jam" cards act as rechargeable special moves. Beating the game also unlocks Hard and Boss Rush modes.
Space Jam: A New Legacy - The Game is available as a free Perk for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members right now, but it will also be free to all Xbox gamers starting on July 15. It supports 3-player local co-op, and that's all, folks.