Sony has announced its January 2023 slate of games for PlayStation Plus Essential subscribers, available later today. Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Thomas Happ Games’ Axiom Verge 2, and Bethesda’s Fallout 76 will be free to claim throughout this month.
The addition of Jedi: Fallen Order to the service for PS4 and PS5 makes sense, with Star Wars Jedi: Survivor launching in March for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. The former follows the story of Cal Kestis, one of the few remaining Jedi after Order 66 who struggles to survive against the Empire’s forces. He embarks on a journey to hopefully revive the Order, battling the Inquisitorius along the way.
Also playable on PS4 and PS5 is Thomas Happ’s Axiom Verge 2, a sequel to his acclaimed Metroid-style title. It follows Indra, the leader of Globe 3 conglomerate, as she travels to a strange world filled with bizarre machines and must also use hacking to survive.
Finally, there’s Fallout 76, a live-service, online survival title based on Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi RPG series. Despite a disastrous launch in 2018, it’s seen several updates and recently hit 13.5 million players. There’s no current-gen version, but PS5 players can still experience it via backward compatibility.