Microsoft has announced that this coming weekend will be a Free Play Days For All event on Xbox One. So whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership, you’ll be able to play with your friends online in whichever game you want.
The Free Play Days For All event begins on January 31 and continues until February 3. Microsoft’s advertising for the event leans heavily on Fortnite, but you’ll be able to play any game you own. Whether that means you jump into another battle royale game, such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, or into something else, like Titanfall 2 or Dark Souls III, is up to you.
If you do jump into Fortnite, you’ll be able to cross-play with friends on other systems, including Switch and PS4. The game is currently experiencing a DJ Marshmello-themed mini event, with an in-game challenge to track down Showtime posters. Two more challenges are expected to open up on February 1, just in time for the Free Play Days For All event.
If you’re on the fence about pre-ordering Anthem, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to try the game prior to its launch—which is staggered out over multiple days in a manner even EA admits is confusing. BioWare’s upcoming multiplayer-focused, third-person shooter is having a free demo February 1-3, so if you have an Xbox One, you’ll be able to play without the additional requirement of purchasing a Gold membership.
Anthem’s VIP demo ran into several technical problems, but hopefully some of those issues have been ironed out for the free one this weekend. If you played the VIP demo, your progress will carry over into the free one, including having all four Javelins unlocked.