Xbox Game PassSource: Matt Brown | Windows Central

Xbox Game Pass is the ever-expanding Netflix-like gaming subscription from Microsoft, the makers of Xbox. For a monthly subscription, Xbox Game Pass partakers gain access to a constantly rotating catalog of hundreds of high-quality Xbox games. The best Xbox Game Pass games include third-party multiplayer games, older AAA titles, indie projects, all first-party Microsoft games, and pretty much everything in between.

Xbox Game Pass is also included in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, an all-in-one subscription that gives players full access to Xbox Game Pass on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One consoles, PC Game Pass on Windows devices, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Cloud Gaming (previously Project xCloud), and even EA Play. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate represents one of the best values in gaming, and that value only increases from month to month.

That's because Xbox Game Pass is always adding new games, with announcements once or twice a month. While games occasionally leave the service, the number of games available through Xbox Game Pass has been steadily growing since its launch. In this Xbox Game Pass guide, we'll go over all the new games coming to the service, the games about to leave, and the top games on which you should be keeping an eye.

If you want the complete list, be sure to bookmark our ultimate guide to every game on Xbox Game Pass.

Note: Bold text indicates the game in question is coming to that platform, but is already available on other platforms through Xbox Game Pass.

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Best new Xbox Game Pass games: January 2022

Halo InfiniteSource: Xbox Game Studios

You'll rarely go wrong with the diverse selection of games on Xbox Game Pass, but there are always a handful of titles that stand above the rest — including, but not limited to, exceptional indie games, addictive multiplayer games, expansive AAA games, and Microsoft's first-party titles and projects. These are the best new games that have recently arrived on Xbox Game Pass that you shouldn't hesitate to play.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition

  • Available: Jan. 6 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, & PC) via EA Play

Mass Effect is one of the most legendary RPG franchises of all time, and EA revived the first three iconic entries into one brilliant package for returning fans to play all over again and new players to experience for the very first time. Mass Effect Legendary Edition includes Mass Effect 1, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3, and dozens of additional DLC content for players to dive into, offering up hours upon hours of choice-driven sci-fi RPG adventures. This is a love letter to great RPGs, and now it's available through Xbox Game Pass.

The Gunk

  • Available: Dec. 16 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)

Before anything else, The Gunk is absolutely gorgeous. This enticing puzzle-adventure title features stunning environments paired with colorful visuals that beg for constant screenshots and game captures. The puzzle-filled gameplay is also quite satisfying, pairing well with the solid narrative and likeable characters. The Gunk is a console exclusive for Xbox, and it's available from day one on Xbox Game Pass.

Aliens: Fireteam Elite

  • Available: Dec. 14 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, & PC)

One of 2021's surprise launches was Aliens: Fireteam Elite, a visceral co-op tactical shooter set in the legendary Aliens franchise. Despite not being a big-budget "AAA" title, Aliens: Fireteam Elite still delivers an excellent experience, especially for fans of Aliens in general, and continues to evolve over time with new content and updates. Now, anyone can try Aliens: Fireteam Elite for themselves through Xbox Game Pass.

Xbox Game Pass new games: Full list and schedule

Halo Infinite MultiplayerSource: Xbox Game Studios

It can be easy to lose track of all the new games coming to Xbox Game Pass, so we've compiled the full list for your convenience. In this section of our Xbox Game Pass guide, learn what games have been released on Xbox Game Pass recently, when they became available, and what platforms on which they're available.

Jan. 20

  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • HITMAN Trilogy (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
  • Death's Door (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • Pupperazzi (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Deluxe Edition (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • Windjammers 2 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)

Jan. 18

  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Edition (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • Nobody Saves the World (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)

Jan. 13

  • Spelunky 2 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
  • The Anacrusis (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, & PC)

Jan. 6

  • Embr (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, & PC) via EA Play
  • Outer Wilds (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)

Jan. 4

  • Gorogoa (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • Olija (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • The Pedestrian (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)

What's coming to Xbox Game Pass soon

The GunkSource: Thunderful Publishing

Microsoft loves to give Xbox Game Pass subscribers plenty of time to prepare for upcoming additions by announcing them early. This section of our Xbox Game Pass will help you keep track of all the games coming to Xbox Game Pass shortly, so you can decide what you want to play and whether you need to free up some space.

Jan. 27

  • Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)

Feb. 10

  • Besiege Console (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & Xbox One)

Feb. 17

  • Total War: Warhammer 3 (PC)

What's leaving Xbox Game Pass soon

Planet CoasterSource: Frontier Developments

For the most part, more games join Xbox Game Pass than leave. However, most games do leave the service eventually, so Microsoft likes to give players a heads up if they haven't gotten around to playing that game yet. Keep an eye on this section of our Xbox Game Pass guide for games you still want to play. If you see a game you've played and loved, be sure to purchase it with your Xbox Game Pass discount so you can keep it forever.

Jan. 31

  • Cyber Shadow (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • Nowhere Prophet (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • Prison Architect (PC)
  • Xeno Crisis (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)

Upcoming games launching on Xbox Game Pass

Senuas Saga Hellblade 2 Screenshot ImageSource: Xbox Game Studios

Microsoft gives us updates on games heading to Xbox Game Pass a few weeks before those games become available, usually twice a month. However, Xbox and [email protected] events toss aside this expectation to announce a flurry of games that are hitting Xbox Game Pass day and date, meaning they're launching into the service when they land on Xbox platforms. That means day one access to all of these games for Xbox Game Pass subscribers, including some of the best upcoming Xbox games.

Many of these games are far enough out that they don't even have a release date, and we're not certain exactly which platforms they'll come to through Xbox Game Pass. Still, this list in our Xbox Game Pass guide will give you an idea of what to look out for in the future of Xbox Game Pass. We'll constantly update this list as we get new information about release dates, when games become available, and what platforms are getting them.

The following events have been added to this section:

[email protected] Games Showcase — March 26, 2021

  • Dead Static Drive (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Edge of Eternity (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Unknown release date
  • Hello Neighbor 2 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Little Witch in the Woods (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Unknown release date
  • She Dreams Elsewhere (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) — Unknown release date
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — April 28, 2022
  • Way to the Woods (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Unknown release date

Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase at E3 2021 — June 13, 2021

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — 2022
  • Atomic Heart (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — No release date
  • Contraband (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — No release date
  • Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — 2023
  • Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — 2022
  • Hello Neighbor 2 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — No release date
  • Party Animals (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — 2022
  • Redfall (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Summer 2022
  • Replaced (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, & PC) — 2022
  • Scorn (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — Oct. 2022
  • Shredders (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — Feb. 2022
  • Slime Rancher 2 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — 2022
  • Somerville (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — 2022
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — April 28, 2022
  • Starfield (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Nov. 11, 2022
  • The Outer Worlds 2 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — No release date

Xbox Gamescom 2021 event — Aug. 28, 2021

  • Bushiden (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — No release date
  • Chinatown Detective Agency (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — No release date
  • Crusader Kings 3 (Xbox Series X|S & PC) — No release date
  • Midnight Fight Express (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — No release date
  • Signalis (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — No release date

Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks upcoming games

  • Avowed (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Contraband (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — No release date
  • Everwild (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Fable (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Forza Motorsport (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Perfect Dark (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Redfall (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Summer 2022
  • Senua's Saga: Hellblade II (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Starfield (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Nov. 11, 2022
  • State of Decay 3 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • The Outer Worlds 2 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — No release date

Xbox Game Pass adds new games all the time, but there's already a vast selection of high-quality titles available for gamers to play. Check out our list of best Xbox Game Pass games for some fantastic ideas on what you should play next. You can also pick up one of the best external SSDs for Xbox Series X|S to ensure you always have enough storage for all these games.

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