The First Xbox Game Pass Game For January Has Arrived

Xbox has yet to reveal its full lineup of Xbox Game Pass games for January 2023, but at least one has already arrived on the service with others already confirmed and a handful of games are expected to leave the service mid-month.

We’ll be sure to update this story as more January additions are announced, but for now the first game to come is none other than Australian-developed survival title Stranded Deep.


Stranded Deep – Available Now

Following a mysterious plane crash, you are stranded in the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Alone or with a friend, with no way to call for help, you must do what you can to survive. Explore underwater and on land as you hunt for supplies to craft the tools, weapons, and shelter you’ll need to stay alive. Stay alert: Hunger, thirst and exposure conspire against you as you face treacherous elements and the dangerous creatures of the Pacific.

Persona 3 Handheld – January 19

Experience the iconic and critically acclaimed RPG that reimagined the Persona series, Persona 3 Portable, now remastered for modern platforms. Shortly after transferring to Gekkoukan High School, the protagonist encounters “the dark hour”. An unfamiliar calm swallows the city, people turn into eerie coffins, and otherworldly monsters called Shadows swarm. When they are attacked by one of these Shadows and all hope seems lost, the power of the heart, their Persona awakens.

Persona 4 Golden – January 19

World-renowned Persona 4 Golden promises unforgettable adventures, meaningful connections, and heartwarming experiences shared with friends. Explore otherworldly dungeons, slay monstrous shadows, and confront the darker sides of yourself as you get closer to the truth behind the serial murder cases. Venture into the town of Inaba, take part in a turbulent school year, meet kindred spirits, and forge invaluable bonds with new quality of life features including improved graphics and smoothness.

Monster Hunter Rise – January 20

Take the challenge and join the hunt! In Monster Hunter Rise, the latest installment in the award-winning and best-selling Monster Hunter series, you’ll become a hunter, explore all-new maps, and wield a variety of weapons to take down fearsome monsters in an all-new script. Hunt down a plethora of monsters with distinct behaviors and deadly ferocity. From returning classic monsters to all-new creatures inspired by Japanese folklore, including the flagship wyvern Magnamalo, you’ll have to think hard and master their unique tendencies if you hope to reap any of the rewards!

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition (Console) – January 31

Explore all original campaigns and top-selling expansions like never before. With over 200 hours of gameplay and 1,000 years of human history, enhanced experiences await. Go online to challenge other players in your quest for world domination with 35 different civilizations. You can also discover new civilizations and campaigns with the Lords of the West DLC! Recent updates include a Battle Royale game mode, continued scenario editor support, quickplay for easy social gaming, game UI improvements, and more!

Inkulinati (game preview) – January 31

Inkulinati is an ink-based strategy game straight from medieval manuscripts, where a rabbit’s butt can be deadlier than a dog’s sword. Take your turn in Inkulinati duels filled with unexpected tactical depth (and humor!). Embark on an ever-evolving journey, build your own bestiary, defeat medieval superstars, and collect boons to unleash special powers. Become a living ink master, grab your quill and build your unique strategy every time so you can be named the greatest Inkulinati of all time!


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