What you need to know
- The January 2022 games for Xbox Game Pass have been revealed.
- One of the standout games is Mass Effect Legendary Edition, which is being added to EA Play.
- EA Play is included in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass.
A new year means new games for Xbox Game Pass. Kicking things off in January 2022, the big highlight per Xbox Wire (opens in new tab) is that Mass Effect Legendary Edition is being added to EA Play. Since EA's subscription service is bundled in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass, this means any subscribers for those tiers will be able to access the full remastered trilogy.
There's some other standout games though, such as the return of indie darling and space loop adventure Outer Wilds and the arrival of platformer Spelunky 2. Regardless of whether or not you managed to snag a new console like an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S over the holidays, there's something for everyone.
You can check out all the games coming to Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming below.
Gorogoa (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC & Xbox Cloud Gaming) - Jan. 4
Olija (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC & Xbox Cloud Gaming) - Jan. 4
The Pedestrian (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC & Xbox Cloud Gaming) - Jan. 4
Embr (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC & Xbox Cloud Gaming) - Jan. 6
Mass Effect Legendary Edition (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One & PC) - Jan. 6
Outer Wilds (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC & Xbox Cloud Gaming) - Jan. 6
Spelunky 2 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One & PC) - Jan. 13
The Anacrusis (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One & PC) - Jan. 13
You can check out all the titles leaving Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming below.
- 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)
This is also the last opportunity to grab the Pass Tense bundle for Halo Infinite, a Perk being offered for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers.
Everything you need
Xbox Game Pass gives you access to over 200 games for one monthly fee. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also adds Xbox Live Gold to the package so you can play online with your friends. You also get access to EA Play.
Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.
I waited on ME legendary because ai assumed it would land on ea play eventually, but Stardew Valley has consumed me so I can wait a little more lol
Well, one of those two has an end, so maybe play Mass Effect. 😉
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