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Xbox Games with Gold January 2021: Little Nightmares, Dead Rising, and more

Little Nightmares
(Image credit: Bandai Namco)

The Xbox Games with Gold January 2021 lineup is finally here, and there’s a lot to look forward to with the next slate of offerings from Xbox’s subscription service. 

Beginning on January 1, horror adventure Little Nightmares and the King of Fighters 13 will be available, while the former runs on the for the full month, and the latter expires on January 16. Taking the King of Fighters 13’s place will be the original Dead Rising and Breakdown.

This upcoming lineup replaces the Games with Gold lineup for December 2020, where Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell and The Raven Remastered headlined the offerings. Elsewhere, Bleed 2 and Stacking completed the four games on offer for December, and there’s still time to get those four games until New Years Day on January 1.

Check out the entries below for a full breakdown of the Games with Gold January 2021 lineup:

Xbox Games with Gold January 2021

Little Nightmares: January 1 - 31
The clear headliner for the Games with Gold January 2021 lineup is Little Nightmares, an absolutely fantastic horror adventure starring a mysterious child making their way through nightmarish creatures and traps alike. You absolutely shouldn’t miss the chance to download this game for free, before Little Nightmares 2 arrives on February 11 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S.

Dead Rising: January 16 - February 15
The original Dead Rising, starring Frank West wreaking havoc in an American mall, is the other big get for Games with Gold in January 2021. This version of Dead Rising is the 2006 remaster of the original game, which boosts the game’s visuals up to 1080p at a stable 60FPS, perfect for zombie carnage.

King of Fighters 13: January 1 - 15
If you’ve had any experience with Terry Bogard in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, this is the franchise from which the character hails. The long-running fighting franchise’s 13th entry originally released on the Xbox 360 in 2010, so this is a backwards compatible re-release for both Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Breakdown: January 16 - 31
The oldest game in this lineup, Breakdown is a first-person action game originally released by Namco in 2004. Although the game is a first-person action game, it ties in elements of fighting games for some chaotic combat. Breakdown launched on the original Xbox, so it’s making the jump across several generations of Microsoft’s consoles to come to the Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

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