Microsoft is constantly adding new games to Xbox Game Pass, but just like similar subscription services, content is removed from the lineup regularly as well. Generally speaking, Microsoft usually removes games from Xbox Game Pass in two batches every month. The first batch of games are removed on the 15th of the month, with the second set of titles getting the boot at the end of the month. January 2022 is no exception, with Microsoft removing a whopping six games as of January 15, with a couple of rather notable releases.
Desperados 3, Ghost of a Tale, Kingdom Hearts 3, Mount & Blade: Warband, Pandemic: The Board Game, and YIIK: A Postmodern RPG are all leaving Xbox Game Pass as of January 15. Out of these games, the headliner is likely Kingdom Hearts 3, the third installment in Square Enix’s popular action-RPG series. Desperados 3, meanwhile, is the highest-rated game that’s leaving Xbox Game Pass today.
Another interesting game leaving Xbox Game Pass on January 15 is Pandemic: The Board Game. Pandemic: The Board Game, the digital version of the board game of the same name, is leaving Xbox Game Pass at the same time that it’s being outright removed from digital marketplaces in general. No reason for Pandemic being delisted has been given at the time of this writing, but anyone that wants to play the game on Xbox should consider picking it up while they still can.
Xbox Game Pass Games Leaving January 2022
- PUBG: Battlegrounds – January 12
- Desperados 3 – January 15
- Ghost of a Tale – January 15
- Kingdom Hearts 3 – January 15
- Mount & Blade: Warband – January 15
- Pandemic: The Board Game – January 15
- YIIK: A Postmodern RPG – January 15
Xbox Game Pass subscribers get a 20% discount whenever they buy a game to keep, so those interested can even get Pandemic a little cheaper right now. This applies to all the other games that are leaving Xbox Game Pass on January 15 as well, so any fans that have yet to complete their Desperados 3 or Kingdom Hearts 3 playthroughs may want to consider buying the games at a lower price while they still can.
These six games aren’t the only titles that have been removed from Xbox Game Pass in January. Earlier this month, PUBG: Battlegrounds was removed from Xbox Game Pass as well, though that was because the popular battle royale game was switching to a free-to-play model.
While some Xbox Game Pass subscribers may be sad to see these games go, the good news is that there are more Game Pass games to look forward to next week, with at least five day one titles confirmed for the days ahead. The five day one Xbox Game Pass games coming next week include some heavy hitters like Hitman Trilogy and Rainbow Six Extraction, so there should be no shortage of games to play.