Game Pass is starting the new year off strong with the announcement that Mass Effect Legendary Edition will be among the first games to arrive on the service in January. The alien dating simulator cleverly disguised as an epic space opera trilogy arrives on Game Pass console and PC on January 6th. So if you’ve ever wondered what a Garrus Vakarian is and why people are so obsessed with wooing what looks like a rock-plated chicken lizard, now’s your chance.
Other titles coming to Game Pass in January include roguelike cave explorer Spelunky 2, the award-winning, time-warping Outer Wilds, and a preview of the four-person co-op shooter The Anacrusis.
Coming with the enthusiastic endorsement of The Verge’s Andrew Webster, Gorogoa, a BAFTA-winning hand-drawn puzzle game, launches on Game Pass Cloud, console, and PC today. Olija, a “dark and haunting” 2D pixel action game akin to Hollow Knight and Dead Cells but less punishing, also arrives on Game Pass today.
As new titles arrive, so too must they leave. Desperados III, Ghost of a Tale, Mount & Blade: Warband, Pandemic, and Yiik: A Postmodern RPG will depart Game Pass on January 15th. Kingdom Hearts III also leaves Game Pass on January 15th, so Keyblade Masters, it’s your last chance to get “norted” or otherwise be wholly disappointed in the series’ lackluster conclusion.