Microsoft announced at E3 their “Games with Gold” program, a new promotion that would be Microsoft’s answer to Sony’s PlayStation Plus by offering two free games a month to Xbox Live subscribers, that could be kept even after the user no longer has an Xbox Live subscription. Originally, the plan was to have the program go until the end of the year when the Xbox One would launch, but it looks like Microsoft may have just changed its plans and will be keeping Games with Gold around for a while longer.
In a post on the official Xbox website, Microsoft has announced that the Games with Gold program will now be extended beyond its original end in December 2013, and will continue to be offered to Xbox Live users on Xbox 360:
“Within that short period of time, we’ve seen an overwhelming response, with more than 120 million hours played with Games with Gold titles. Today, as a part of the “Week of Xbox Live,” we’re excited to announce that we are making Games with Gold an ongoing benefit for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360.”
While the post only mentions Xbox 360 and not whether this offer will extend to Xbox One at all, the continuation of the program beyond 2013 is still nonetheless a nice bonus for Xbox 360 users even after the next console launches.
Currently, Games with Gold has released an assortment of titles for free to Xbox 360 users, such as Fable III, Rainbow Six: Vegas, Dead Rising 2, Assassin’s Creed II, and most recently, Halo 3.