26 Apr 2021 3:48 PM +00:00

Xbox Games With Gold May 2021 Announced

UPDATE: The games are here!

May's games are as follows, as per Major Nelson.

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Armello - May 1 to May 31
A grim fairytale board game comes to life, this swashbuckling adventure brings together the deep tactics of card games and the rich strategy of tabletop games, all combined into a character-building RPG. As the hero, you’ll wage epic battles, explore the vast kingdom, cast spells, and vanquish monsters, all with the ultimate goal of becoming the next King or Queen of Armello.

Dungeons 3 - May 16 to June 15
Help the Dungeon Lord succeed in conquest in this dungeon building, real time strategy game. Head the frontlines under the guidance of his chief lieutenant, the dark elf Thalya, and command the most terrifying army the world has ever seen. Choose among orcs, succubae, zombies, and more, and use every trick in the book to take down the do-gooders of the overworld once and for all!

Lego Batman - May 1 to May 15
He is vengeance… He is the night… He is Lego Batman. Build, drive, swing, and fight your way through Gotham as the caped crusader and his sidekick, Robin. And, in a gameplay twist, play as the villains in story mode and help in their nefarious plans to take over the city.

Tropico 4 - May 16 to May 31
As El Presidente, the ruler of your small island nation, it is your job to gain the support of the people, negotiate with foreign superpowers, and even deal with any natural disasters which threaten your country. Test your political mettle and remember that everyone has an agenda, so while it’s good to keep your friends close, it’s better to keep your enemies closer.

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We're halfway through April, and that means new Games With Gold are coming for Xbox gamers for May.

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.

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Usually formed of two Xbox One games and two Backward Compatibility titles, the service usually compliments Game Pass – although there is also some crossover.

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Here's what we know so far.

When are Games with Gold May 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.

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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.

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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 March.

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Games With Gold May 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.

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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 May 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 April – so hop to it!