Two of the best Xbox Game Pass titles are leaving the service this month

What you need to know

  • Scarlet Nexus and Outer Wilds have been two major staples of Xbox Game Pass since they were included, and they’re sadly slated to leave this month. 
  • Scarlet Nexus and Outer Wilds joins Iron Harvest, Immortal Realms, Tropico 6, Secret Neighbor, Gorogoa, The Pedestrian, and Embr amongst December 2022’s leavers. 
  • To make up for it, Microsoft has partnered up with Riot to offer full unlocks across Riots games on PC and mobile. 
  • January 2023 will also see Monster Hunter Rise and Persona 3 and 4 hit Xbox Game Pass for good measure. 

The ebb and flow of Xbox Game Pass continue, with a bunch of games slated to leave the service in the near term. Any game that leaves the service also grabs a tidy discount for a limited time for those who want to buy-to-own, and two of the games leaving the service this month are particularly great. 

First up, we have Outer Wilds (not to be confused with The Outer Worlds as I commonly mistype). Outer Wilds is an exploration sci-fi game set in a unique and evolving universe. Critically acclaimed, Outer Wilds tasks players to unravel the mysteries of a solar system stuck in a 22-minute time loop. At the end of each run, the sun explodes, destroying you and everything in the solar neighborhood. However, time will reset, leaving you with a bevy of information to help you reach deeper into this strange odyssey. 

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