20 Sep 2021 12:03 PM +00:00

Xbox Games With Gold October 2021: Leaks, Rumours and Confirmed Games

There's some big new games coming in the next few months, so we reckon it's better to save some cash and play some more free games courtesy of October's Xbox Games With Gold.

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, with two available at the start of the month and two available later.

Usually formed of two Xbox One games and two Backward Compatibility titles, the service usually compliments Game Pass – although there has been some crossover in the past when Gears 5 was offered.


Here's what we know so far about the Xbox Games with Gold October Lineup.

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20 September 2021 -

There's still no word on the next Xbox Games With Gold titles though hopefully, we might start to hear some leaks later this week as we approach the end of the month. Whilst we have you, it's worth knowing that there are 4 new games coming to Game Pass this week. So it's not all doom and gloom.

15 September 2021 -


Originally when we wrote this story one of the predictions we saw for Games with Gold in October was for ReCore. The Microsoft exclusive didn't maybe live up to the expectations that proceeded it. Not least with the likes of Keji Inafune having worked on the game's concept. But it wasn't a bad game by any stretch.

Anyway, we're getting off-topic. ReCore has just celebrated its 5th Anniversary, and the Xbox Game Studios Publishing account made sure to big this up.

Now we doubt ReCore will be getting a sequel anytime soon, but now might be a nice time to hand the game to Games with Gold subscribers, to see how people respond to it. We know developer Armature Studio would "love to see" a sequel, and offering the game out for free could be a decent way to test the waters.

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10 September 2021 -

Since we know people love a prediction, even if its incredibly speculative, here you go:


31 August 2021 -

Although there's still some time until the October games with gold titles, we do have our first two titles available from the September lineup. Subscribers can start downloading Warhammer: Chaosbane and Xbox 360 game Zone of the Enders HD Collection. Enjoy!

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When Are Xbox Games With Gold October 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 on plenty of different dates and times. Sometimes even on the weekend, out of hours.

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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, check the bottom of this page for 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.

Xbox Games With Gold October 2021 Predictions

We seldom indulge in Games with Gold predictions because it's almost impossible to predict what Xbox will actually give away.

That said, we know some people like to put two and two together. So here's a few carefree suggestions of what we would like to see (but most likely games we won't get).

  • Something Halo - Because Microsoft might want to start the hype train early ahead of Halo Infinite in December.
  • LEGO Batman - Or just, something DC themed given we have DC Fandom taking place in October.
  • A Saints Row game - For no other reason than giving us a reason to jump back in before the new release next year.

Don't Forget, Download The September 2021 Games With Gold

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 the below games throughout September – so hop to it!

  • Warhammer: Chaosbane (Xbox One) – September 1 to September 30
  • Mulaka (Xbox One) – September 16 to October 15
  • Zone of the Enders HD Collection (Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility) – September 1 to September 15
  • Samurai Shodown II (Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility) – September 16 to September 30