Earlier this week we told you that Microsoft would be offering Defense Grid as their first free game on Xbox 360 as part of a new free games incentive for Xbox Live Gold members, similar to what Sony currently offers with their PlayStation Plus program. The problem here is that the majority of Xbox 360 owners were under the impression that the first games that would be offered would be Assassin’s Creed 2 and Halo 3, as revealed during E3 2013 week.
It isn’t going to happen though and matters were made somewhat worse after Sony revealed that PS Plus members would be getting none other than Battlefield 3 for free as part of their July goodies. Fortunately, Microsoft has again taken steps to rectify the situation after coming in for fire.
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Major Nelson has now confirmed officially that the free game for August will be Assassin’s Creed 2, to end the confusion once and for all. After that, we’re presuming that Halo 3 will be offered as the free Gold game for September, but confirmation will obviously come at a later date.
I can confirm that Assassin’s Creed II will be the next free title released in the Xbox “Games With Gold” Program http://t.co/c7mRquZZHL
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) July 3, 2013
Assassin’s Creed 2 isn’t the best game that Microsoft could have offered for August with most probably already having played it, but at least it’s something and a sign that they will fulfill their original promise – no matter how many times they say it wasn’t confirmed.
What we would like to see though, is Microsoft implement a voting system, in which they give Gold members the chance to actively choose which game from a list, they would want to have as their free game each month. It would do wonders for improving Microsoft’s image and get all members taking part in an activity that everyone would enjoy.
At the moment, the free game choices haven’t gone down too well so it would be a nice idea to at least try we feel. As an Xbox Live Gold member, let us know your thoughts on the free games offered so far. What would be your ideal game for free, if Sony are offering games like BF3?