Microsoft revealed the next round of free games for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 as part of its Games with Gold promotion. Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers will find one brand new indie title in the hopper for the latest consoles while two classics pop up for the last-gen console.
This is the first month that only a single Xbox One game has been offered for free as part of the Games with Gold promotion. Previously, Microsoft would carry over one title from the previous month if it was unable to bring in a second new title to offer for free. This appears to be a case of both Microsoft and Sony having problems bringing new games to their respective free games program outside of indie titles.
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The good news for Xbox One owners is that the game being offered is previously unreleased and will be available to download the entire month of October. Chariot is a brand new co-op platforming game that comes in as part of the ID@Xbox indie game development program.
“‘Chariot,’ the newest ID@Xbox game from Canadian developers Frima, is a couch co-op platformer that can be played alone or with a friend. Players take the role of the brave Princess or her faithful Fiancé as they maneuver the departed king’s coffin-on-wheels through 25 levels set in five vibrant underground environments, with his majesty’s ghost giving them a piece of his mind every step of the way. Filled to the brim with emergent physics-based gameplay, ‘Chariot’ offers hours of exciting exploration, fast-paced ride sequences and mountains upon mountains of loot!”
Meanwhile, Xbox 360 owners will receive Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Darksiders II as part of their free offering. Both are definitely older releases, but the former is worth the free download if you’re a fan of shooters and have never tried Bad Company 2 before. Darksiders II adds a bit of extra nostalgia given that THQ went bankrupt and the developer, Vigil Studios, closed up shop while going through the initial concepts for a third game in the series.
First on the free block is Battlefield: Bad Company 2 on October 1. Darksiders II will follow on October 16.
‘Battlefield: Bad Company 2,’ brings the award-winning Battlefield gameplay to the forefront of Xbox 360 console with best-in-class vehicular combat and unexpected ‘Battlefield moments.’ Vehicles like the ATV and a transport helicopter allow for all-new multiplayer tactics on the Battlefield. You can compete in four-player teams in two squad-only game modes, fighting together to unlock exclusive awards and achievements. Battles are set across expansive maps, each with a different tactical focus. The game also sees the return of the B Company squad in a more mature single-player campaign.
“Finally, Xbox 360 players get a chance to play one of the platform’s most underrated games: ‘Darksiders II,’ which continues the series’ emphasis on huge environments, exploration, and a deep and rewarding story. Combine that with fantastic voice acting, impressive visuals, and a huge variety of procedurally generated loot (not to mention character-building options), and you’ll quickly find yourself enraptured by ‘Darksiders II’s’ depth and top-notch game design. Did we mention you get to play as Death himself? Yeah.”
Which free Games with Gold titles are you interested in for October? Let us know in the comments below.