We’ve crossed December’s halfway point, which means Xbox Live Gold subscribers have new games available to download for free. The titles in question are Never Alone for Xbox One and Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction for Xbox (it’s also playable on Xbox 360 and Xbox One thanks to backwards compatibility). You can add them to your account here.
Never Alone is a side-scrolling puzzle platformer about a girl and a fox. Made in partnership with Native Alaskan Iñupiaq elders and storytellers, it includes actual folklore and history from a culture that’s unfamiliar to many. It’s free to download until January 15.
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction is actually an original Xbox game from 2005, but it’s compatible with both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You play as a mercenary tasked with bringing down an evil military regime. The game takes place in an open world that’s filled with vehicles and weapons you can use as you go about your various missions. You can add Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction to your account between now and December 31.
Also available until the end of the year for anyone who hasn’t picked it up yet is the first-person puzzle game QUBE 2. Microsoft hasn’t announced January’s Games with Gold yet, but will likely do so by the end of the year.
December 2018 Games with Gold
- QUBE 2 (December 1-31)
- Never Alone (December 16-January 15)
- Race the Sun (November 16-December 15)
- Dragon Age II (December 1-15)
- Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction (December 16-31)