Below, we've got everything you need to know about what's in store...
LATEST - April 2021 Games With Gold
Ever the popular Tweeter, Xbox's Major Nelson / Larry Hryb has shared the Xbox Games With Gold lineup for April 2021 and they're... Average?
Below, we'll list them and the dates they'll be available:
- Vikings: Wolves of Midgard (April 1 - April 30)
- Truck Racing Championship (April 16 - May 15)
- Dark Void Xbox 360 (April 1 - April 15)
- Hard Corps: Uprising (April 16 - April 30)
They're not the biggest titles but a solid line up. However, when Outriders is coming to Game Pass on April 1st, it's hard to compare.
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Games With Gold Announcement Inbound
If sources are to be believed, we should be getting the next Games With Gold announcement from Xbox's Major Nelson tomorrow, March 30th.
We're not sure exactly what we're in store for just yet but when you add the fact that Outriders is coming to game Pass and Warframe is getting a free next-gen upgrade... Either way, it's going to be a great month for Xbox players.
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There's also going to be a Microsoft Store Spring Sale going on over the next two weeks with a number of titles being added on April 2nd.
If you have a game in mind that you want to see announced as a Games With Gold title, you might find that it'll be on sale next week anyway. Happy days!
Well, it depends on how you define free, it was recently announced that Outriders will be coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one.
This marks one of the first, possibly only, times that a third party game has released on Game Pass on day one.
Sony has started doing this recently with games such as Worms Rumble and Oddworld: Soulstorm, and now it looks like Microsoft is following in their footsteps.
Outriders is set to be one of the hottest games this year, so Xbox players having it accessible as part of the Game Pass subscription is great news.
In an Xbox Wire blog post, Phil Spencer made the announcement saying,
"Starting April 1, Xbox Game Pass for Console and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can jump into this true genre-hybrid from Square Enix, which combines brutal combat with deep RPG systems."
"You are an Outrider, re-awoken from cryostasis 30 years after the first landing on Enoch – emerging as an Altered – a being with access to powerful skills and healing abilities. And now you get to flex those skills on the ever-raging battlefield! Create and customize your own Outrider, then use their devastating array of abilities to annihilate your enemy as you embark on the journey to discover the source of a mysterious signal on a dangerous and untamed world.
You can play single-player or co-op with up to two friends as you combine skill and speed in a frenetic attempt to survive a savage future in this aggressive third-person perspective RPG-Shooter. And don’t forget it’s fully cross-play – explore Enoch with any of your friends on any other platform!"
Games With Gold
Each month Microsoft gives away four games as part of the Xbox Games With Gold program.
These are available to all players with either an Xbox Live Gold or Game Pass Ultimate subscription.
April 2021 Predictions
Here are our predictions for the free Games With Gold games for April 2021.
Ryse - Xbox One
"Journey to the heart of the Roman Empire and experience the brutality of battle like never before as "Ryse: Son of Rome" comes to PC with support for glorious 4K resolution. Continuing Crytek's legacy for groundbreaking games, Ryse pushes PC hardware to its limits whilst drawing players deep into the bloody drama of ancient Rome.
“Ryse: Son of Rome” is an immersive action-adventure story of struggle, brutality and heroism. It follows a fearless Roman soldier named Marius Titus who joins the army to avenge the slaying of his family and emerges as a hero who must fight to save the Roman Empire.
“Ryse: Son of Rome” presents a cinematic re-creation of the Roman Empire, its people, conflicts and landscapes in breathtaking detail and brings the brutality and intensity of Roman warfare to life in visceral detail."
Goat Simulator - Xbox One
"Goat Simulator is the latest in goat simulation technology, bringing next-gen goat simulation to YOU. You no longer have to fantasize about being a goat, your dreams have finally come true!
Gameplay-wise, Goat Simulator is all about causing as much destruction as you possibly can as a goat. It has been compared to an old-school skating game, except instead of being a skater, you're a goat, and instead of doing tricks, you wreck stuff. Destroy things with style, such as doing a backflip while headbutting a bucket through a window, and you'll earn even more points! Or you could just give Steam Workshop a spin and create your own goats, levels, missions, and more! When it comes to goats, not even the sky is the limit, as you can probably just bug through it and crash the game."
Brink - Xbox 360
"Brink is an immersive first-person shooter that blends single-player, co-op, and multiplayer gameplay into one seamless experience, allowing you to develop your character whether playing alone, with your friends, or against others online.
You decide the combat role you want to assume in the world of Brink as you fight to save yourself and mankind’s last refuge.
Brink offers a compelling mix of dynamic battlefields, extensive customization options, and an innovative control system that will keep you coming back for more."
BloodRayne 2 - Xbox
"BloodRayne is a dhampir, born from the unnatural union of vampire and human. Blessed with the powers of a vampire but cursed with the unquenchable thirst for blood and a weakness to sunlight, Rayne is challenged with her most personal battle yet as she hunts down her siblings.
They have banded together and pledged to carry on their father's legacy of creating a new era of vampire supremacy where humans are mere cattle.
With new acrobatic movements and rail sliding, fast-paced blade and gun combat, fatal finishing moves, more dhampir powers like time control, and an extensive combo system, BloodRayne 2 is a brutally satisfying continuation of the iconic series."
March 2021 Games
Here is what was given away in March 2021 to Xbox Live Gold subscribers.
Tight gunplay and strategic team cooperation define this tactical online first-person shooter. Make split-second decisions, use a vast arsenal of weapons, and master the high-stakes PvP experience to become the ultimate mercenary of tomorrow. Elite forces are coming to Warface: Breakout on March 1! A new cosmetic pack adds a new exclusive knife, elite weapon skins, new epic helmets, and more to the game. Join the new event from March 8 to March 22 in the team deathmatch game mode. Improve your progress in the event and get new special rewards!
Vicious Attack Llama Apocalypse
Prepare your thumbs for a frantic top-down, couch co-op, twin-stick shooter like no other. Remotely pilot an endless supply of mechs to fight through the vast llama horde apocalypse. Featuring 1 to 4 player co-op, a massive, changing city to explore, and Xbox Play Anywhere functionality including on your PC, take down the Llamanati and pray that Llamazon blesses you!
Metal Slug 3
Marco and Tarma of the Peregrine Falcon Strike Force are back to take down General Morden’s rebel forces. Run, gun, slice, and camel your way through an onslaught of adversaries, from soldiers to giant enemy crabs. Pilot a wide array of Metal Slug vehicles, shoot a variety of weapons, and cause mass destruction in this legendary run-and-gun shooter.
Port Royale 3
It’s the turbulent 17th Century, and you are a young sea captain whose only goal is to be the most powerful man in the New World. To achieve your goal, either choose to be a trader – developing trade routes to earn fortune, glory, and power; or become an adventurer – plundering, invading, and leading your ships in beautiful 3D naval battles. Set sail on 16 different ships, from versatile frigates to powerful galleons, and build your empire in the Caribbean.