January 2021 Xbox Games with Gold Free Games Predictions

The Bigger Game – ARK: Survival Evolved

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Xbox Games with Gold Predictions

It’s almost time for the offical announcement for what free games will be offered to Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers for the very first month of 2021. And while we wait for that announcement, we have some Xbox Games with Gold predictions that have a solid chance of being included on that list.

For the previous month of December 2020, the free Games with Gold titles included The Raven Remastered and Bleed 2 for Xbox One players and Saints Row: Gat out of Hel and Stacking for Xbox 360.

Usually a larger Xbox One titles headlines the list every month, and for January 2021 we suspect that game will be ARK: Survival Evolved.

Not only is ARK: Survival Evolved currently on sale for 80% off taking it from $49.99 to just $9.99, it is available on Xbox One and is also optimized for the new Xbox Series X and consoles meaning Microsoft could kill two console birds with one stone by including it on Games with Gold.

ARK: Survival Evolved released back in August 2017, so it’s had a good few years on the Microsoft Xbox Store to warrant offering it for free now in 2021.

Another big indicator ARK might be included on Games with Gold soon is it was recently offered for free to play for a weekend’s Free Play Days from Nov. 19-22.

With the 80% sale then occurring right after the free weekend, it appears Microsoft could be attempting to squeeze out some final sales before offering it for free on Games with Gold the following month.

The Smaller Game – AereA

Xbox Games with Gold Predictions

Along with a larger AAA Xbox One titles, usually a smaller indie (often times on Xbox 360) is included on Games with Gold as well.

For next month we suspect music-themed Action RPG AereA will be a likely inclusion.

The biggest argument to its case for inclusion is it is currently a whopping 90% off down from $29.99 to just $2.99. Often when indie games go on sale to such a low price, it’s indicative they will be offered on Games with Gold sometime very soon.

AereA released back in June 2017, and offers both local and multiplayer co-op. In AereA you are tasked with finding the nine primordial instruments in order to restore the floating island of Aezir. Character weapons are infused with musical instruments including trumpet guns, cello swords, and harp bows.

Check back with Twinfinite in the next week or so for the official announcement from Microsoft as to what free games are offered on Xbox Games with Gold for January 2021.

About the author

Haley MacLean

Video games are a true unification of art and technology, and Haley was amped to be able to write about them during her tenure at Twinfinite. A lover of all things Nintendo, obsessed with narrative driven games, and hopes the couch co-op genre makes a return soon. BA/BJ/MJ from University of King's College, NS, Canada. Haley was a Staff Writer for Twinfinite from 2016 to 2021 with a focus on covering all things The Sims and Nintendo.