Microsoft has finally released the Xbox free-to-play games list, highlighting dozens of titles you can play on the platform including Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Warzone, Fortnite, and more.
Microsoft had previously committed to making free-to-play games available to play without the use of an Xbox Live Gold membership earlier this year. Then, it moved its free-to-play changes to testing via its Insider program last month. Now it’s all ready to go — you can now play more than 50 games for free on your Xbox console.
“As part of listening to your feedback, this change will take place starting today, and all Xbox players will be able to access online multiplayer at no charge for a library of over 50 free-to-play games that support online multiplayer,” read today’s announcement from the Xbox Live Gold team.
What Are the Xbox Free-to-Play Games?
The list of Xbox free-to-play games has a nice mix of heavy hitters, long-running online games, and even a few lost classics. This is presumably just the start, but man, it’s a heck of a list.
Let’s start with the big boys: Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Warzone, and Fortnite are all available to play for free on the platform. This is a huge chunk of the gaming ecosystem and I’m sure that there are more than a few shooter fans out there who are happy that they don’t have to worry about an Xbox Live Gold membership for now. These aren’t the only Battle Royale games in the bunch, mind; stuff like Darwin Project and HyperScape is on the list, too.
RPG fans will be happy to hear that there is a nice selection of games in this genre, too. Heavy hitters such as Bless Unleashed, Phantasy Star Online 2, and Neverwinter are ready for you to play, as are some cross-genre games like Trove. Casual players aren’t left out in the cold, either — Family Game Night, Rec Room, and Roblox give you something to play with the kids.
The one final game I’d like to highlight is Hawken. This is a multiplayer first-person shooter with mechs and it’s kind of hard to find on PC these days; the official PC servers were closed down a few years ago and it’s now only playable on consoles. Xbox players can finally jump in the mix and play it with Gold, so go ahead and give it a shot!
These are just some of the games that you can now play for free on your Xbox console; you can read the full list of Xbox free-to-play games in today’s announcement. And if you don’t mind spending a few bucks, you can always massively expand your library of stuff to play by signing up for Xbox Game Pass.