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Xbox Game Pass for January: Shadow of Mordor, We Happy Few, and more

Saints Row: The Third and The Lego Movie Videogame round out the January additions

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor headlines the new offerings for the rest of January on Xbox Game Pass. The 2014 open-world adventure joins the Xbox 360’s Saints Row: The Third, The Lego Movie Videogame, and We Happy Few.

We Happy Few, coming to Xbox Game Pass on Jan. 17, is the newest of the bunch, launching in August (it had been in early access since 2016). It’s by Compulsion Games, which Microsoft acquired last year. The game merges role-playing and survival elements as the player navigates a drugged-out dystopian 1960s, where Great Britain was invaded and conquered in World War II.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (arriving Jan. 24) launched in 2014 for Xbox One and was followed by Middle-earth: Shadow of War in 2017. The Lego Movie Videogame (Jan. 17) also launched in 2014. Saints Row: The Third (Jan. 24) is the oldest of the group, premiering in 2011.

They join Absolver, Ark: Survival Evolved, Just Cause 3, and Life is Strange 2’s first chapter, which were added to the library earlier this month. The Xbox Game Pass library comprises more than 200 titles and is available to subscribers for $9.99 a month. New subscribers can get their first month for $1.

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