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December Xbox Games With Gold Free Games Are Available Now

Two of the four free games for Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate subscribers are up for grabs.


December's Xbox Games With Gold lineup will include The Escapists 2, Tropico 5 Penultimate Edition, Orcs Must Die!, and Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet. The first two free games--The Escapists 2 and Orcs Must Die--are up for grabs now. But make sure to grab Orcs Must Die before it leaves the service on December 15.

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet will be free from December 16 until the end of the month. Meanwhile, Tropico 5 Penultimate Edition will be up for grabs until January 15.

Xbox Games With Gold Free Games for December 2021

  • The Escapists 2 (Dec 1 - 31)
  • Tropico 5 Penultimate Edition (Dec 16 – Jan 15)
  • Orcs Must Die! (Dec 1 – 15)
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (Dec 16 – 31)

If you're a Game Pass Ultimate subscriber, December has been a great month for the service thanks to the arrival of Halo Infinite and plenty more games. Stardew Valley, Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator, and Archvale are just a few of the titles that were recently added to Game Pass in December.

In other Game Pass news, Microsoft announced that Xbox Game Pass for PC is getting rebranded as PC Game Pass (makes sense). Multiple new games will be arriving on PC Game Pass at launch, including Sniper Elite 5 and Pigeon Simulator.

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