Update - Announced games for Xbox Games with Gold in April 2020 added below.
Original Story - We're approaching the end of March, which means two things: not only is Spring here, but April'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 there is also some crossover.
Here's what we know so far.
CONFIRMED - Games with Gold April 2021
Microsoft has announced the lineup of free games for Xbox Live Gold subscribers in April 2021.
It includes Xbox One titles, Vikings: Wolves of Midgard and Truck Racing Championship, and through backwards compatibility, the Xbox 360 titles, Dark Void and Hard Corps: Uprising.
April's lineup provides over $129.96 dollars in value and up to 3200 in gamerscore.
As always, an active Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership required to play free games you’ve redeemed.
When are Games with Gold April 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 March.
Games With Gold April 2021 Predictions
We seldom indulge in Games with Gold predictions because it's almost impossible to predict what Xbox will actually give away.
Some sites have suggested that Life is Strange 2 could be given away since Life Is Strange: True Colors was recently announced.
But this is pretty baseless from what we can tell and we'd try not to get too hyped (or disappointed) until the official Xbox announcement is made.
One thing we would like to see is something for next-gen. PlayStation Plus has handed out Bugnsax, Destruction All-Stars, and Control: Ultimate Edition, with Oddworld: Soulstorm coming soon. We've got Xbox's Gears 5 recently as part of Games With Gold, but if you have Game Pass you'll likely have already sunk some hours into that.
Games With Gold March 2021 Games - Don't Forget!
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 March – so hop to it!
- 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