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Stellaris, Cities: Skylines Free On Xbox This Weekend

You can sink your teeth into a pair of sprawling strategy-sim games this weekend with Xbox Live Gold's Free Play Days promotion.


You can try a pair of strategy and sim games this weekend for free on Xbox platforms, as long as you're an Xbox Live Gold or Game Pass Ultimate member. Stellaris and Cities: Skylines are free to play as part of Xbox's Free Play Days promotion.

Stellaris is a sci-fi strategy game that has you expand your territory throughout the galaxy. Cities: Skylines is a management sim that has you building your own city layout and infrastructure to keep your citizens happy.

The free period lasts through Sunday, March 14 at 11:59 PM PT. To claim them, just find them on the Xbox marketplace and download for free. You can also click on the Subscriptions tab to navigate straight to the Free Play Days promotion. Free Play Days are similar to demo periods, but you get access to the full game during the trial period.

Both games are also available for a discount for Gold members in case you want to make them part of your permanent collection. Stellaris is 67% off for both the Standard and Deluxe edition, while Cities Skylines is 75% off for the standard, Mayor's Edition, and the base game with the Surviving Mars bundle. You can check out those prices below. The sale period lasts through the Free Play Days.

If you're considering trying out Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, keep in mind new subscribers can claim their first month for $1. For more games to play this weekend, check out our guide to the best games on Xbox Game Pass as well as the best Xbox One games, and the best Xbox Series X games.

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