Microsoft announced a new batch of titles heading to Xbox Game Pass for Cloud, Console, and PC in January 2022, with some titles going live today. Let’s take a look at how the service will kick off 2022.
Available on Xbox Game Pass Today, January 4
Gorogoa (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected]
Originally released in 2017, Gorogoa is a beautifully hand-drawn puzzle game. Players arrange and combine illustrated panels to unravel its narrative.
Olija (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected]
Olija is a game about the quest of Faraday, a man shipwrecked and trapped in the mysterious country of Terraphage. He and the other castaways must try to leave this country and make it back to their homeland in one piece.
The Pedestrian (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected]
Rearrange and reconnect public signs to explore the environment in this 2.5D side-scrolling puzzle adventure.
Embr (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – January 6
Fight fires with friends for profit in this unpredictable and frantic multiplayer game. Take on daily challenges and climb to the top of the corporate firefighting ladder.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition (Console and PC) EA Play – January 6
Play through the original Mass Effect trilogy, remastered and optimized for 4K UHD. Coming to PC Game Pass and Game Pass Ultimate, the Legendary Edition includes the single-player content from all three games, plus over 40 DLC. The trilogy was rumored to be coming to Xbox Game Pass months ago, and it looks like the rumors were true!
Outer Wilds (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – January 6
Explore a vast, hand-crafted solar system filled with secrets to discover and perils to avoid. Use your spaceship, jetpack, surveyor probes, and signal scopes to learn more about the worlds around you.
Spelunky 2 (Console and PC) [email protected] – January 13
Carve your own path through randomly generated dungeons in this roguelike platformer.
The Anacrusis (Game Preview) (Console and PC) [email protected] – January 13
Available on day one with Xbox Game Pass, The Anacrusis is a four-player, cooperative first-person shooter set aboard a massive starship stranded at the edge of explored space. Fight against alien hordes with your friends and unlock new weapons, perks, and new styles of play.
DLC and Game Updates
Minecraft New Year’s Celebration – Through January 17
Let the festivities begin! Through January 17th, the Minecraft Marketplace will be filled with giveaways, weekly free maps including the Caves & Cliffs Explorer’s Map from Spark Universe and Mithey’s Howl of the Wild Map, and a free YouTube Creator skin pack.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks
Apex Legends: RIG Helmet Weapon Charm – January 5
Equip the new RIG Helmet Weapon Charm to your favorite weapon and battle for glory, fame, and fortune in style.
Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis: January Member Monthly Bonus – January 5
Jump into the all new PSO2 New Genesis with some items to give you a hand: N-Half Scape Dolls (x5) to help revive you during intense battles, and Photon Chunks (x50) to strengthen weapons and units.
NOTE: This is also your last chance to grab the Back 4 Blood Battle-Hardened Bundle and the Halo Infinite Pass Tense MA40 AR Bundle before they’re gone! Claim them in the Perks gallery on your Xbox console, the Xbox App on your Windows PC, or the Xbox Game Pass mobile app.
Games Leaving Xbox Game Pass on January 15
We’re sad to see these titles leave, but there is still time to hop on and finish your playthroughs. The games leaving the service this month are:
- Desperados III (Cloud, Console, and PC)
- Ghost of a Tale (PC)
- Kingdom Hearts III (Console)
- Mount & Blade: Warband (Cloud, Console, and PC)
- Pandemic (Console and PC)
- Yiik: A Postmodern RPG (PC)
PUBG: Battlegrounds will be leaving Xbox Game Pass on January 10, but will return as a free-to-play title on January 12.