December 2018 was a pretty standout month for Xbox Game Pass, with Below and Ashen both debuting on the console through the subscription service. Now, in January 2019, ARK: Survival Evolved and the debut episode of Life is Strange 2 are the first games of 2019 to be added to Xbox Game Pass.
Life is Strange 2 Episode 1 launched back in September 2018, on PS4, PC, and Xbox One. You can pick up the opening episode of the sequel season right now through Game Pass, right before the second episode of the season launches on January 24.
ARK: Survival Evolved is actually available on PC, PS4, Android, iOS, and Nintendo Switch, as well as on Xbox One. However if you’re a subscriber to the Xbox Game Pass service, you can download the game right now on Xbox One. You can start your membership off for $1 for the first month, which will then cost either $9.99 a month, or $59.99 for six months.
We mentioned at the top that Below and Ashen were almost stealth-released through Game Pass in December 2018, but they were far from the only titles added to the service in a bumper month. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, Strange Brigade, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and Mortal Kombat X and more were all added to Xbox Game Pass in December 2018, making it just about the best month on record.
January is sure to see multiple other games hit Xbox Game Pass. You won't have to wait long to find out more details, with Xbox Live business lead Matt Percy confirming on Twitter that news is coming on Thursday, December 3.
If you're looking for additional coverage of ARK here at USgamer, you can check out our ARK: Survival Evolved on Switch analysis, or if you're after Life is Strange coverage, you can head over to our Life is Strange 2, Episode 1 review.