Xbox: Free Games You Can Play Without Gold

Earlier this year, Microsoft made a big move to make free-to-play Xbox games infinitely more accessible. Previously, an Xbox Live Gold subscription was required to play “free” games on the service, effectively making their free-to-play label as misnomer. Now that all free-to-play Xbox games are truly free to play, some fans may be wondering where exactly to start, as there’s quite a few titles that are part of the lineup.

The free-to-play Xbox games list is already quite the long one and will grow with time. In future, Halo Infinite‘s multiplayer will be free-to-play, meaning anyone with a PC, Xbox One, or Xbox Series X can jump into the game’s online multiplayer arenas without paying a dime. For now, though, there’s already quite the selection of free-to-play games readily available for Xbox users to choose from.

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While there are many free games on Xbox without Gold, some definitely stand out more than others. Those who want to play the best of the best free Xbox games may want to consider checking out some of the heavy hitters first.

Apex Legends

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Respawn Entertainment hit it out of the park with Apex Legends, a battle royale that blends in elements of the hero-shooter genre. Since its successful launch in 2019, Respawn has kept fans engaged with Apex Legends through new character additions, map changes, and content updates. Recently, this includes the Apex Legends Arenas mode, which offers a more traditional PvP experience and allows the game to exist as more than just a battle royale.

Apex Legends is completely free to play, with the option of purchasing cosmetics with microtransactions. Nearly all of the launch Apex Legends characters are available right off the bat, but a couple need to be unlocked, either by accumulating enough funds through gameplay or purchasing them outright.

Call of Duty: Warzone

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Call of Duty: Warzone remains one of the most popular battle royale games in the world, and so it being completely playable for free on Xbox is definitely a big deal. Call of Duty: Warzone players on Xbox can play the game as much as they want without paying a dime, but there are cosmetic bundles available to purchase for those interested. Like many other modern live service shooter games, Call of Duty: Warzone also has a Battle Pass, rewarding those who complete it with new cosmetics and other rewards.

Destiny 2

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A free-to-play version of Destiny 2 has existed for some time now, letting players get a taste of Bungie’s looter-shooter/MMO hybrid. There’s a significant amount of content that free Destiny 2 players can enjoy, but there’s also quite a bit blocked behind paywalls, requiring players to purchase the latest expansions if they truly want to experience the game to its fullest. Those on Xbox should note that Destiny 2 is available on Xbox Game Pass with all its expansions, including Beyond Light.

Fortnite

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Battle royale games thrive in a free-to-play environment, and the perfect example of that is Epic Games’ Fortnite. While Fortnite may not be quite as popular as it was a few years ago, there’s no denying the game’s incredible staying power. Fortnite is in the middle of Season 7 for its Chapter 2 of content, introducing an alien theme, a skin based on Rick and Morty, and plenty of other sci-fi references for players to find dotted around the battle royale island.

The main draw of Fortnite is still its battle royale mode, but there’s plenty of other content in the game as well. Fortnite‘s Creative Mode is also accessible for free players, as is every other game mode that it has to offer with the exception of Save the World. Fortnite Save the World is the story campaign mode for the game, but it hasn’t received serious support from Epic Games in years as the developer’s attention has been focused almost exclusively on the battle royale experience.

Fortnite is free-to-play, but there is an item shop that sells various skins and other cosmetics for a limited time. Fortnite players also have the option of purchasing a battle pass as well, which includes specialized challenges, XP boosts, new items, and much more.

Roblox

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Roblox is quite possibly the most popular game on this list, with well over 100 million active players to this day. Roblox, for the uninitiated, essentially lets players create their own experiences and games and share them online. Some Roblox games have even become popular enough that they’ve spun off into being their own thing. Roblox has remained popular on Xbox since it debut on the Xbox One in 2015, and now anyone can play it even if they don’t have an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Free Xbox Games Without Gold

While the aforementioned games are arguably the biggest free Xbox games without Gold, there are many others available to play. Here is the full list of free Xbox games that do not require Gold. Please note that this list will evolve over time, as new free-to-play games will be added occasionally.

  • 3on3 FreeStyle
  • Aegis Wing
  • APB Reloaded
  • Apex Legends
  • Armored Warfare
  • Battle Ages
  • Battle Islands
  • Battle Islands: Commanders
  • Bless Unleashed
  • Brawlhalla
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Crackdown
  • Crackdown 2
  • Crimson Alliance
  • Crossout
  • CRSED: F.O.A.D.
  • Darwin Project
  • Dauntless
  • DC Universe Online
  • Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Core Fighters
  • Dead or Alive 6: Core Fighters
  • Defiance 2050
  • Destiny 2
  • Doritos Crash Course
  • Dungeon Defenders II
  • Enlisted
  • Eternal Card Game
  • Family Game Night
  • Fishing Planet
  • Fortnite
  • Galaxy Control: Arena
  • Gems of War
  • Happy Wars
  • Harm’s Way
  • Hawken
  • Hyper Scape
  • Killer Instinct
  • Korgan
  • Minion Masters
  • Neverwinter
  • Outriders (Demo)
  • Paladins
  • Path of Exile
  • Phantasy Star Online 2
  • Phantom Dust
  • Pinball FX2
  • Prominence Poker
  • Realm Royale
  • Rec Room
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2
  • ROBLOX
  • Rocket League
  • Rogue Company
  • Skyforge
  • SMITE
  • Spacelords
  • Spellbreak
  • Star Trek Online
  • Techwars Global Conflict
  • TERA
  • The Four Kings Casino and Slots
  • Too Human
  • Trove
  • Vigor
  • War Thunder
  • Warface
  • Warframe
  • World of Tanks
  • World of Warships: Legends
  • Yaris

There have been rumors that Microsoft may do away with Xbox Live Gold entirely to focus its efforts on its Xbox Game Pass subscription service instead. If that were to happen, not only would Xbox fans be able to play these free-to-play games with no subscription, but they would also be able to enjoy the online multiplayer components for their favorite games without an Xbox Live Gold subscription as well. Whether or not that actually comes to pass remains to be seen, but Xbox fans can check out these free games in the meantime.

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