Absolver, Ark: Survival Evolved, Just Cause 3, and more join Xbox Game Pass in January (update)
These are some good ones.
Updated January 9, 2019: Microsoft announced that more Xbox Game Pass games for January will be announced later this month. This isn't the complete list. Just Cause 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 launched on January 9 instead of January 10.
Recently, Life Is Strange and Life Is Strange: Before the Storm joined Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One. There were also surprises like Ashen and Below. However, a few days ago Xbox executive Mike Ybarra said that January's game line-up for the service was "awesome" and that generated a lot of excitement for what is to come.
Today, Microsoft revealed which titles are joining Xbox Game Pass in January 2019. The highlights have to be Absolver, Ark: Survival Evolved, and Life Is Strange 2. Xbox Wire detailed the titles in a post this morning.
Life Is Strange 2: Part 1
Life is Strange 2: Part 1 should join Xbox Game Pass on January 3.
Ark: Survival Evolved
Ark: Survival Evolved should join Xbox Game Pass on January 3.
Farming Simulator 17
Farming Simulator 17 should join Xbox Game Pass on January 3.
Absolver should join Xbox Game Pass on January 7.
Just Cause 3
Just Cause 3 should join Xbox Game Pass on January 10.
Aftercharge should join Xbox Game Pass on January 10.
A lot of these games, especially Absolver and Ark: Survival Evolved, are phenomenal despite the latter's performance issues. Be sure to check them out if you're a subscriber. Xbox Game Pass is a monthly subscription service that gives Xbox One owners access to over a hundred games for $9.99 each month. It's similar to Netflix where certain games — like Microsoft exclusives — will stay there forever and experiences from third-party developers rotate in and out.
Since the service launched, many gamers have been asking Microsoft how many subscribers it has. While usually the company doesn't comment on sales figures, during an interview between Head of Xbox Phil Spencer and LevelUp, he revealed a general count. There are "millions of subscribers" already.
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