Xbox Game Pass in January 2022: Mass Effect Legendary Edition, Rainbow Six Extraction, and More


Xbox Game Pass is getting another stellar lineup of games in January of 2022, including a big headliner, Mass Effect Legendary Edition. Bioware's critically acclaimed space-opera will be available for console and PC users as part of EA Play, which is included alongside Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, or PC Game Pass memberships.

Other games hitting the subscription service this January include Outer Wilds, Spelunky 2, The Pedestrian, and more. While this won't be everything coming to Game Pass in January, as Xbox tends to announce a second wave of games in the latter parts of every month, this is certainly a decent start to the year.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition is Coming to Xbox Game Pass

Mass Effect Legendary Edition is headlining the new Xbox Game Pass entries for January 2022, with the complete saga hitting the service on January 6 for console and PC Game Pass users.

The Legendary Edition includes all includes the single-player content from each of the three games, Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3, alongside over 40 DLC expansions from each as well.

There's also new promo weapons and armors, with the game also featuring remastered and optimized visuals in 4K. Mass Effect, in particular, has received a lot of work, with the combat system being revitalised, alongside some improvements to the UI and third-person camera.

Everything Coming to Xbox Game Pass in January

  • Gorogoa (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – January 4
  • Olija (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – January 4
  • The Pedestrian (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – January 4
  • Embr (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – January 6
  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition (Console and PC) EA Play – January 6
  • Outer Wilds (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – January 6
  • Spelunky 2 (Console and PC) ID@Xbox – January 13
  • The Anacrusis (Game Preview) (Console and PC) ID@Xbox – January 13

Everything Leaving Xbox Game Pass in January 2022

All of these games will depart Xbox Game Pass on January 15, 2022.

  • 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)

Outer Wilds is Back on Xbox Game Pass

Outer Wilds was previously on Xbox Game Pass, but left the subscription service back in June 2021. But it's now coming back to the service on January 6 for cloud, console, and PC Game Pass users.

Echoes Of The Eye, Outer Wild's first and only DLC, was also released last year. We gave it an 8/10 in our review, so this could be a great opportunity to jump in and check out the additional content alongside the base game on Game Pass ($14.99 on the Microsoft Store).

Best Game Pass Deals in January 2022

Microsoft is currently offering 3 months of Xbox Game Pass for PC for only $1. Both first time and past subscribers are eligible for this deal. Now there's a trick to convert these 3 months of Xbox Game Pass for PC into 4 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

This will require you to pay for an additional month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. That means new subscribers will pay a total of $2 for 4 months of Ultimate while those who have subscribed in the past (and are currently not subscribed right now) will pay a total of $15.99. Follow these steps to get in on this deal.

If you're new to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate:

  1. Sign up for Xbox Game Pass for PC for $1 (3 months)
  2. Upgrade to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $1 (1 month)
  3. Total cost for 4 months will be $2

If you've had Xbox Game Pass Ultimate:

  1. Sign up for Xbox Game Pass for PC for $1 (3 months)
  2. Upgrade to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $14.99 (1 month)
  3. Total cost for 4 months will be $15.99

Robert Anderson is a deals expert and Commerce Editor for IGN. You can follow him @robertliam21 on Twitter.

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