Microsoft’s Games With Gold program was launched following last year’s E3 and promised that each month, two free games would become accessible to Xbox 360 owners (and eventually, possibly Xbox One owners) that would allow users to download (and keep) the titles forever.
Since then, reaction has been fairly mixed to the success of Games With Gold, as many of the titles that have been offered through the program (such as Halo 3 and Assassin’s Creed II) are well over five years old at this point, or more. Speaking in a Q&A session at this week’s SXSW Festival, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer spoke about Games With Gold and where the company will be moving forward with it, and addressing some of the more negative feedback that the service has received, especially in comparison to PlayStation Plus:
“I have been sitting down, monthly now, with [the Games With Gold team]… and playing a more active role in picking franchises that show up in Games With Gold, and I think you’ll see at least something that feels, at least, more true to what I think Games With Gold should look like with the constraints that are there.”
“One of our… differences between the other system we get compared to, is the fact that with Games With Gold, you get to keep that game, regardless of whether you continue to subscribe. I think there’s some steps and some evolution of what Games With Gold or any of the other systems will go through to their full potential.”
March’s Games With Gold offerings are currently bringing Civilization Revolution and Dungeon Defenders to Xbox 360 for the duration of the month.