Microsoft is releasing two more free Xbox games with Gold games for December 2021, with both titles available to claim a day earlier.
Microsoft publishes its Free Xbox games with gold in two batches. The first set of new games are added at the start of each month, while another pair of games are added in the middle of the month. Xbox Free Games with Gold for December 2021 are no exception to this rule, which means Xbox Live Gold subscribers now have two more free games to claim and add to their growing digital libraries.
Technically, the next set of free Xbox games with Gold games for December 2021 shouldn’t arrive until December 16, but they’re available for subscribers to claim a day early. From December 16 to January 15, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can claim Tropic 5, allowing them to play the 2014 version of the construction management simulation for free. Tropic 5 has cooperative and multiplayer support, so Xbox Live Gold subscribers can also bring friends to play.
The other new free game that Xbox Live Gold subscribers can grab hold of is Incredibly Twisted Shadow Planet. Incredibly Twisted Shadow Planet is a 2D side-scroller that received overwhelmingly positive reviews when it was originally released in 2011, considered one of the most powerful XBLA games released that year. Like other Xbox 360 free games with Gold games, Incredibly Twisted Shadow PlanetThe availability of is more limited, so subscribers only have until December 31 to claim it.
Free Xbox games with Gold games for December 2021
- Orcs must die (until December 15)
- The Escapists 2 (until December 31)
- Tropico 5 (December 16 – January 15)
- Incredibly Twisted Shadow Planet (December 16 – December 31)
As of this writing, Xbox Live Gold subscribers still have time to claim Orcs must die, although they only have until the end of the day. They have a little more time to claim Escapees 2, which is a prison construction management simulation and may scratch an itch similar to Tropic 5. Like Incredibly Twisted Shadow Planet, Escapees 2 will be available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers until December 31.
Xbox Live Gold subscribers can expect Microsoft to unveil Xbox Free Games with Gold for January 2022 at some point over the next two weeks. Anyone can guess what the games will be like, as there haven’t been any legitimate leaks on the lineup for the next month. However, when you consider how Microsoft recently handled the Xbox Free Games with Gold program, don’t expect anything too big. The more likely scenario is that the bigger and more notable releases will focus on Xbox Game Pass instead.
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