Xbox’s Games With Gold Lineup for September is Pretty Terrible

Xbox’s Games With Gold Lineup for September is Pretty Terrible

Xbox has unveiled the Games with Gold rotation for next month and it makes me question why the service is even still around.

For as great as Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass service has been over the past few years, it’s hard to say the same for Games with Gold. Microsoft’s monthly lineup of free games that are given out to those who are subscribed to Xbox Live Gold has been quietly getting worse over the past few months. As we move into September, the program seems to have now reached a new low point.

Starting next week on September 1, Ubisoft’s The Division will be available on Xbox One until the end of the month. The multiplayer-focused shooter released back in 2016, and while it was a solid game in its own right, a follow-up in The Division 2 released last year. To offer up the first game as a free download isn’t inherently a bad thing, but when it’s clearly meant to be the marquee title of September’s slate despite the fact that the game is all but dead due to the sequel’s existence, it’s a bit strange.

Joining The Division on September 1 and being available until September 15 is de Blob 2, a platformer from THQ that released on Xbox 360. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is then the month’s second Xbox One title and will be up for download between September 16 and October 15. Lastly, Armed and Dangerous rounds out the September list and will be up for grabs until month’s end beginning on September 16.

All in all, with lineups like this one, I guess I’m a bit confused as to why Microsoft even continues to utilize Games with Gold. It feels like it has been forever since Microsoft added a noteworthy game in the slightest to this program, with competitors like PS Plus adding major titles to its service such as Fall Guys. With this in mind, why not just discontinue GWG? Again, Xbox Game Pass is already doing Microsoft a ton of heavy lifting to the point that I don’t even understand why Games with Gold is still around.

Then again, with Microsoft seemingly making changes to how users can sign-up for Xbox Live Gold, perhaps we will see major alterations to the service before long. Until then, I hope you have a blast with Armed and Dangerous next month.