Microsoft announces that The Witcher 2 is available for free on Xbox Live until February 5, with the game part of the next crop of backward compatibility Xbox One titles.

Last year, The Witcher 3 proved without argument that the single player RPG is far from dead. The title proved to be a huge success, gaining the series plenty of new fans and even picking up Game of the Year awards. Now, gamers intrigued about earlier iterations in the franchise are able to pick up a previous Witcher game for absolutely nothing.

Microsoft has announced that 2011’s The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings is available as a free download on Xbox Live up until February 5, 2016. The game is available regardless of whether the player has a Gold account, so fans of last year’s The Witcher 3 interested in seeing some of the series’ roots have no reason not to check it out – as long as they have a Microsoft console.

The Witcher 2 freebie was initially discovered before Microsoft’s announcement, with the title going for free on at some point either on or before January 20. Although some suspected it might have been some kind of error on Microsoft’s part, it wasn’t soon before it was confirmed that the game was meant to be free. The CD Projekt RED title normally retails for $30 on the online store, so gamers can make a very good saving as well as picking up one of the most impressive RPGs of the last console generation.

The Witcher 2 Gameplay

Microsoft has a very good reason for making The Witcher 2 free, too. The RPG has now been revealed as part of the next group of games available for backward compatibility on Xbox One. Also joining the game on the roster are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Sam & Max Save the World, bringing the overall library up to 130 games.

It’s not the first time that The Witcher 2 has been made available to Xbox Live users. The game was part of the Games with Gold scheme for January 2015. However, this time the game is being made available to all Xbox Live users, regardless of their membership status.

Although The Witcher 2 did not have the same kind of award-winning kudos as its successor, the title still proved to be a more-than-solid addition to the last console generation’s RPG selection. Microsoft and CD Projekt RED will no doubt be hoping that the game’s brief stint as a free download will get the game an even greater user base than before. Given the large number of The Witcher 3 players who had never played a previous Witcher game, it’s a safe bet to say that this scheme will prove to be successful.

The Witcher 2 is available for free on Xbox Live until February 5, 2016.

Source: GameSpot