Xbox Games with Gold brings two more free games for January

Halfway through January and right on queue, Microsoft is refreshing their free games for all Xbox Live Gold members. Rayman Origins and Killer Instinct: Season 2 Ultra Edition are now free with the Games with Gold program.

If not claimed already, this marks the loss of two free games previously in the Games with Gold service. Hence, the games – Outlast and The Cave are now back to their original prices on the Xbox Store. However, for Xbox One owners, World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap will be free to grab until the 31st of January.

Rayman Origins for Xbox 360

Developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, 2011’s Rayman Origins released to critical acclaim eight years after the previous game of the series. The game has Rayman and his friends fighting to rescue Electoons from an evil army of creatures and Darktoons.

Featuring an incredibly colorful world, wacky characters and even a drop in four-player local co-op mode; this side-scrolling platformer is a must play for any fans of the genre considering its drop from $14.99 to the low price of free.

Also, note that all Games with Gold promoted titles for the Xbox 360 are also in Microsoft’s Backwards Compatibility Program. Thus all Xbox One owners with Xbox Live Gold memberships can also claim Rayman Origins free of charge.

Killer Instinct: Season 2 Ultra Edition for Xbox One

Giving away a free season of Killer Instinct every January may now be an Xbox One tradition. Having the first season in the Games with Gold January lineup last year with the second season following this year.

The seasons of Killer Instinct are essentially bundles of fighters that players may purchase for the free base game. Additionally, the Ultra Edition of these seasons also includes alternative retro costumes and accessories for the fighters in the pack.

Killer Instinct is hailed as one of the best fighting games available in the market for having an easy to learn but difficult to master fighting system with one of the largest rosters of any fighting game, even including cross-play between Xbox One and Windows 10 owners of Killer Instinct.

Note that the base game must already be owned to claim the Killer Instinct: Season 2 Ultra Edition add-on pack. Easily done by going to the Xbox One Killer Instinct store page and downloading it before claiming the new addon.


Both Xbox 360 and Xbox One Gold members can pick up Rayman Origins for free through the Xbox Store. The game’s free promotion ending on the 31st of January where a new title will become free in its place.

Lastly, Xbox One Gold members have until February 15th to grab Killer Instinct: Season 2 Ultra Edition for their console. Which then, will also give up its free slot to a game for Microsoft’s February Games with Gold lineup.

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