Starting today, Bungie’s last entry to the Halo series, “Halo: Reach” is available for free for Xbox Games with Gold subscribers. Players will be able to download the game through Xbox Live and play it for free until the end of the month.
Halo: Reach is replacing “Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine” in Microsoft’s program. Usually, the game costs $19.99, but, for two weeks, you can get it for free if you are a Games with Gold subscriber.
Halo: Reach is Bungie’s last addition to the franchise they have created. It was released on September 14, 2010 as an Xbox 360 exclusive. The game was received with mostly positive reviews, many of them stating that this was the best Halo title to that date. Halo: Reach grossed $200 million on its launch day, a record for the franchise. While not even close to Destiny’s sales, the game can still count as another one of Bungie’s financial successes. After releasing Halo: Reach, Bungie left the franchise and started to work on other games. One of these games is the recently released “Destiny”, which so far proves to be quite successful financially. Post-Bungie Halo games were made by Microsoft’s subsidiary, 343 Industries.
Games with Gold is a Microsoft program for Xbox Live that involves the company allowing players to download certain games for free for a pre-determined period of time. In order to access the free games, you need to have a paid subscription to the service. You can choose to subscribe for one month for $9.99 or for a whole year for $59.99. The program was launched in June 10, 2013 for Xbox 360, the first game offered being Fable III. Since then, different free games were offered every two weeks. The program was also launched for Xbox One in June 3, 2014. The first game offered through this service was Halo: Spartan Assault. This game was released on PC in July 18, 2013, with the Xbox One following on Christmas day the same year and the Xbox 360 version in January 31, 2014.