Happy new year! I hope you got a chance to catch up on your gaming backlog over the holidays, because 2023 is starting off strong with a litany of great games coming to PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass in this month, including freebies you can download and keep forever, and limited-time additions to each service’s rotating library.
Here’s everything coming to (and leaving) PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass in January 2023.
Everything coming to PlayStation Plus in January 2023 (so far)
PlayStation Plus members can download a trio of excellent games this month through the PS Plus Essentials lineup starting Jan. 3. First is EA’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, an action-adventure game where you play as Kal Kestis, a fugitive Jedi that survived the Order 66 massacre. Players travel to various planets to explore ancient Jedi temples, infiltrate Imperial bases, and face off against evil Sith Inquisitors in Dark Souls-inspired Lightsaber duels.
Axiom Verge 2 is a 2D Metroidvania-style platformer set in a mind-bending sci-fi world. Axiom Verge 2 released in 2021 to rave reviews praising its music, pixel art, and large open world that players are free to explore at their own pace.
Finally, there’s Fallout 76, an online multiplayer spin on the long-running Fallout RPG series. Like Bethesda’s other Fallout games, players explore an open world in first-person, scavenging for resources in a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland. But instead of hoofing it alone, you can team up with friends, or face off against other players you run into online.
PS Plus Essentials Monthly Games Lineup
Axiom Verge 2
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
All three games are available to PlayStation Plus subscribers at no extra cost starting Jan. 3, and are yours to keep forever (or at least as long as your subscription is active).
PS Plus Premium and Classics
Each month, Sony also adds new games to the PlayStation Plus Game Catalog for PS Plus Extra members, and new Classics Catalog games for PS Premium members. Sony usually announces these additions in the middle of the month, so we don’t yet know what games (if any) will show up in January.
That said, this is a good opportunity to try out some of the many new Game Catalog titles added in December, like Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Far Cry: New Dawn, Mortal Shell, and more. December also saw Heavenly Sword (PS3), Oddworld Abe’s Oddysey (PS1), and Pinball Heroes (PSP) join the Classics catalog. Expect to hear about January’s additions later in the month over on the official PlayStation Blog.
While not officially confirmed by Sony, the PlayStation Store currently lists several PS Plus Game Catalog titles as “leaving soon” in January. In previous months, those listings normally turn out to be true, so take this as an opportunity to try these games before they’re gone for good.
Leaving PS Plus Jan. 17:
Bound by Flame
Shiness: the Lightning Kingdom
Space Hulk: Tactics
Leaving PS Plus January TBD:
Seasons After Fall
Masters of Anima
Electronic Super Joy
Leo’s Fortune HD Edition
Enigmatis: The Ghost of Maple Creek
The Last Tinker: City of Colors
Everything Coming to Xbox Game Pass in January 2023 (so far)
Xbox is starting 2023 off with two Games With Gold freebies, plus several big new games launching for Game Pass throughout January.
Games With Gold
Iris Fall — Jan. 1
Autonauts — Jan. 16
Starting Jan. 1, Game Pass and Games With Gold subscribers can download the creepy adventure game Iris Fall until Jan. 31. Then, on Jan. 16, the indie farming and crafting sim, Autonauts, will be available through Feb. 15. Both games will be permanent additions to your digital library as long as you download them by the deadline.
Game Pass Library
Game Pass members can also access several new games immediately on launch day at no extra cost, including the indie survival game Stranded Deep on Jan. 3, and the Xbox ports of beloved JRPGs Persona 4 Golden and Person 3 Portable on Jan. 19. The next day, Jan. 20, the Xbox port of Monster Hunter Rise also arrives, finally giving console players a way to play the latest entry in Capcom’s popular action-RPG series. Then, at the end of the month, the real-time strategy classic Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition and the hand-drawn medieval strategy game Inkulinati both join Game Pass on Jan. 31.
We also know that rogue-lite FPS Roboquest is also coming to Game Pass this month, but there is no firm date set. It’s also possible Microsoft will announce even more new Game Pass additions later this month, so keep an eye on the official Xbox Wire blog.
Persona 3 Portable
Persona 4 Golden
Monster Hunter Rise
Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition
Everything Leaving Xbox Game Pass in January 2023:
There’s also a crop of game leaving the Game Pass this month. So far, 6 games are leaving the service on Jan. 15, including last month’s Games With Gold freebie, Bladed Fury, which you can still keep and play forever as long as you download it before Jan. 15.
Leaving Game Pass Jan. 15:
Bladed Fury (Games With Gold)
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc - Anniversary Edition
Nobody Saves the World
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