A Small Batch, But Big Games
We may have started a new year but Microsoft hasn’t abandoned Game Pass. 2022’s first batch of new titles may not be their largest ever, but they have some heavy hitters involved, highlighted by Mass Effect Legendary Edition. Let’s check on everything joining the service.
Gorogoa (Cloud, Console, PC) – Available Now
Olija (Cloud, Console, PC) – Available Now (Our Review)
The Pedestrian (Cloud, Console, PC) – Available Now
Embr (Cloud, Console, PC) – January 6th (Our Review)
Mass Effect Legendary Edition (Console, PC) – January 6th
The Outer Wilds (Cloud, Console, PC) – January 6th
Spelunky 2 (Console, PC) – January 13th
The Anacrusis (Console, PC) – January 13th
Mass Effect is clearly the biggest name here. Last year’s remaster of the entire trilogy comes to Game Pass and lets you revisit the journey of Commander Shephard and the Normandy. As someone who finally completed the trilogy just a few months before this was announced, I still kind of want to see what this one has in store.
While there might not be any other big name AAA games in this batch, a number of big names in the indie space are included. Spelunky 2 finally hits Xbox, joining the many other available versions, and Game Pass seems like a great way to play this one. The Outer Wilds will be rejoining the service as well. This one won all kinds of awards when it released in 2019 and a day one Game Pass release helped it gain attention early on. It left the service last year though so its nice to see it return so more players can experience this fascinating game.
Speaking of fascinating, Gorogoa offers a deeply unique artistic vision while The Pedstrian has a style that’s all its own. Meanwhile, The Anacrusis is the only totally new title joining this batch of games, a co-op shooter which puts you and your friends in charge of saving a starship stranded in space. Early looks show a game that also seems to have a real sense of style.
New additions also mean losing some games. Desperados III, Ghost of a Tale, Kingdom Hearts III, Mount & Blade: Warband, Pandemic, and Yiik: A Postmodern RPG will all leave the service on January 15th.