Xbox Live’s regular Free Play Days promotion has returned to the Microsoft Store this weekend, granting free access to Bethesda’s MMO The Elder Scrolls: Tamriel Unlimited, city-building simulator Cities: Skylines, and sci-fi melee brawler The Surge to Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate subscribers on the Xbox One for a limited time.
Xbox programming director Larry Hryb, a.k.a. Major Nelson, shared the news on his blog on Friday afternoon. All three games are discounted on the Microsoft Store for the weekend in case fans want to dive deeper after the end of the trial period.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited brings multiplayer action to Bethesda’s classic fantasy realm, growing in scale since its 2015 debut to include locales from the franchise’s history like Summerset Isle and Morrowind. The most recent expansion, Wolfhunter, lives up to its name with two dungeons full of lycanthropic beasts. The MMORPG is available to play for free and discounted by 50% on the Microsoft Store until Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00 a.m. PST. As an added bonus, new players get 500 Crowns, an in-game currency for equipment or additional content, just for downloading.
Cities: Skylines, meanwhile, is designed to bring out everyone’s inner urban planner, bringing construction and city planning gameplay into the modern age. After the middling reception to EA’s last SimCity title, this simulation game was a breath of fresh air. Developers Colossal Order and publisher Paradox Interactive have only added more to enjoy since the game released in 2015, with plenty of expansions and add-ons for new building types and in-game events. All downloads of the Xbox One edition come with the After Dark expansion during the Free Play Days promotion, which lasts until Sunday, November 10th at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Rounding out the trio, The Surge combines a hard sci-fi aesthetic and setting with the punishing difficulty and tactical combat of games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne into a single, action-focused package. Made by Deck13 Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive, it brings its own spin on the style with gameplay that allows players to sever and salvage robotic parts from foes to augment their own gear. The game’s sequel, The Surge 2, just released in September. Curious fans can give the series a try with the first game until Sunday, November 10th at 11:59 p.m. PST., and both are discounted on the Microsoft Store with an Xbox Live Gold or Ultimate subscription.
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