Xbox Games With Gold January 2021 Games Announced

A new year of freebies.

Update:

Great news, Xbox fans – January looks to be a great month for Games With Gold.

Microsoft has confirmed that the following games will be available:

Little Nightmares:

Available January 1 - 31

Help your character, Six, survive The Maw: a massive and mysterious vessel inhabited by corrupted souls looking to make you their next meal. Reconnect with your inner childhood and unleash your imagination to escape the horrors within and find salvation.

Dead Rising:

Available January 16 - February 15

In this remastered version of the original game, survive the flesh-hungry undead mob in the Willamette shopping center using a range of weapons at your disposal. As photojournalist Frank West, you’ll have 72 hours to fight off the zombie horde and discover the reason behind the outbreak.

The King of Fighters XIII

Available January 1 - 15

From January 1 to 15 – The King of Fighters XIII (normally $29.99) (plays on Xbox One) – An upgraded version of the original arcade classic, utilize your Hyper Drive power gauge to let loose devastating strikes and combinations. Don’t miss out on this final chapter of the “Ash Saga,” full of anger and betrayal, which ends here.

Breakdown:

Available January 16 - 31

Trapped inside a mysterious lab and unable to remember his past, Derrick Cole must fight his way out using his newfound extraordinary powers. Combining hand-to-hand combat, state-of-the-art weapons, and an intense story line, embark on a thrilling and suspenseful search for the truth in this first-person action-adventure title.

Original Story Follows:

It's almost Christmas, but the Xbox Games with Gold for January are likely to be not far behind.

The service is a nifty bonus for anyone subscribed to Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and offers four monthly games for users to download.

If you get a shiny new console for Christmas, you'll have plenty to play.

Here's all we know so far.

When are Games with Gold December free games revealed?

Unlike Sony PlayStation and the PS Plus subscription, Microsoft's equivalent service doesn't have a set time or day for reveals.

With Sony, it's quite simple. The PS Plus games are revealed on the final Wednesday of a month and go live on the first Tuesday. 

Team Xbox has a slightly more carefree approach. They definitely go live on the Xbox Store on the first day of the month, but as for when they're revealed, well there's little logic to dictate when it's announced.

Major Nelson, the Director of Programming for Xbox Live, typically announces the news (if it doesn't leak beforehand), but he tends to do it whenever he pleases.

In the past, we've seen the games with gold reveal in all manner of days and times. Sometimes even on the weekend out of hours.

Recent months have seen these announcements come further towards the back end of the month. But again, there's nothing set in stone. 

Last month's reveal occurred on November 24, meaning it's likely to occur this week.

Unfortunately, it could be fans who are left waiting until the close of the month before the information is shared.

That's because Major Nelson's announcements have been getting later and later in the month these past 6 months.

To save you repeatedly clicking refresh on Major Nelson's Twitter feed in the hopes that something shows, you could set up Twitter notifications. 

For now, here's a quick reminder of what games are available currently, so you can make sure to download them before they're removed from the service at the end of November.

Games With Gold December 2020 Games

As with every month, make sure you don't overlook the existing selection of free Xbox Games with Gold titles.

The new games made available in December included the following:

  • The Raven Remastered - December 1 - December 31
  • Bleed 2- December 16 - January 15
  • Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell - December 1 - December 15 (Xbox 360)
  • Stacking - December 16 - January 15 (Xbox 360)

At the time of writing, you can grab Bleed 2 and Stacking, so get on it!

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