The games for March 2021 are as follows, according to Major Nelson:
- Warface: Breakout ($19.99 ERP): Available March 1 to 31
- Vicious Attack Llama Apocalypse ($14.99 ERP): Available March 16 to April 15
- Metal Slug 3 ($9.99 ERP): Available March 1 to 15
- Port Royale 3 ($19.99 ERP): Available March 16 to 31
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.
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It's almost the end of February, which means two things: not only is Spring almost upon us, but March's Games With Gold will be announced very soon.
The service is a nifty bonus for anyone subscribed to Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and offers four monthly games for users to download.
Usually formed of two Xbox One games and two Backward Compatibility titles, the service usually compliments Game Pass – although last month's entries included Gears 5.
Here's all we know so far.
When are Games with Gold March free games revealed?
Unlike Sony PlayStation and the PS Plus subscription, Microsoft's equivalent service doesn't have a set time or day for reveals.
With Sony, it's quite simple. The PS Plus games are revealed on the final Wednesday of a month and go live on the first Tuesday.
Team Xbox has a slightly more carefree approach. They definitely go live on the Xbox Store on the first day of the month, but as for when they're revealed, well there's little logic to dictate when it's announced.
Major Nelson, the Director of Programming for Xbox Live, typically announces the news (if it doesn't leak beforehand), but he tends to do it, whenever he pleases.
In the past, we've seen the games with gold reveal in all manner of days and times. Sometimes even on the weekend out of hours.
Recent months have seen these announcements come further towards the back end of the month. But again, there's nothing set in stone.
Unfortunately, it could be fans who are left waiting until the close of the week before the information is shared.
That's because Major Nelson's announcements have been getting later and later in the month these past 6 months.
To save you repeatedly clicking refresh on Major Nelson's Twitter feed in the hopes that something shows, you could set up Twitter notifications.
For now, here's a quick reminder of what games are available currently, so you can make sure to download them before they're removed from the service at the end of September.
Games With Gold March 2021 Games
As with every month, make sure you don't overlook the existing selection of free Xbox Games with Gold titles.
At the time of writing, you can grab all four games from February – so hop to it!
- Gears 5 - February 1 to 28
- Resident Evil - February 1 to 28
- Lost Planet 2 - February 1 to 28
- Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition - February 16 to March 15
While Gears 5 will likely be the main attraction for many, Lost Planet 2 is a bit of a cult classic, too.
So make sure you get them downloaded and added to your account before time runs out!