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Xbox Live With Gold Free Games for August, September 2015: Backwards Compatibility of Xbox One With Xbox 360 Could Double them

( [email protected] ) Aug 17, 2015 04:47 PM EDT
Every month, Xbox subscribers look forward to seeing what new Games with Gold games will be for free. It has been over two years since the Live with Gold program was announced, and to celebrate, Games with Gold will offer two new games on Xbox One every month starting in July 2015. A recent announcement about backwards compatibility of the Xbox One with the Xbox 360 has made Xbox Live with Gold subscribers optimistic as it could potentially double their free games.  So far, there is a lot speculation as to what Xbox Live Games with Gold will be free games for September 2015, but there are a lot of games still available for August 2015.

Every month, Xbox subscribers look forward to seeing what new Games with Gold games will be for free. It has been over two years since the Live with Gold program was announced, and to celebrate, Games with Gold will offer two new games on Xbox One every month starting in July 2015. A recent announcement about backwards compatibility of the Xbox One with the Xbox 360 has made Xbox Live with Gold subscribers optimistic as it could potentially double their free games.  So far, there is a lot speculation as to what Xbox Live Games with Gold will be free games for September 2015, but there are a lot of games still available for August 2015. 

A recent report from Product Reviews has revealed that the Xbox One Games with Gold lineup in September 2015 is likely to include four free games in the lineup, which is even better than the two games that occasionally repeat from the last month.  The only catch is that the Xbox player might need to be part of the Xbox Preview Program. 

Considering that all future Xbox 360 games should have backwards compatibility with the Xbox One, this is good news and allows Xbox One players to dip into the 360 freebies.  Right now, this preview program is only available for beta testers, and the backwards compatibility release date will be officially in November. 

Until that becomes official, here is what is available for August.  For the Xbox One, there are two titles that include Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.  The Metal Gear series is a very old video game franchise, and Ground Zeroes is part of the sub-series of prequels of the Metal Gear series, taking place after Metal Gear V: Peace Walker and prologue for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.  The game is about Snake as he sneaks into Camp Omega in Cuba to rescue Cipher agent Paz Ortega Andrade and former Sandinista soldier Richardo "Chico" Valenciano Libre.

Also for Xbox One is How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition.  According to Gamespot, this is essentially 2014 repackaging of the survival horror action RPG played from a top-down perspective that is about surviving an island that is full of zombies.  The difference is that storms will come, and can often put out the fires that you might need for survival.  This game will be available to play for free until September 15th

The first of the Xbox 360 titles was Metro 2033, but this recently just expired.    This one is a Russian game based on a post-apocalyptic science-fiction novel by Dmitry Glukhovsky, and it is set in a world where the atomic bombs have fallen.  The survivors took shelter in the underground metro stations, and they have now become independent nations.  It would appear that the Xbox 360 is having the month of Metro as Metro: Last Light is also available.  This takes the story of Metro 2033 to the next level with a lot of stealth and survival horror elements. 

I'll go ahead and answer the question that everyone is looking for.  The answer is sadly no answer, as the free Games with Gold are not usually announced until the month turns, and then there are usually only rumors. After doing several searches for September 2015 predictions Xbox Live Gold and similar keyword phrases, I could find no hint of any possible free game for September 2015.  I suppose that I could probably start a rumor with a guess, but it really is anyone's guess.

I'll also answer the question about backwards compatibility, as it has been rumored that soon Xbox One users will have four free games to pick instead of the usual two.  It hasn't been confirmed whether this will be the case.  If it is, then that does change the playing field a bit.