Surviving Mars is free for Xbox Live Gold members this weekend. If you were waiting to try it out, you can start building your first colony on the Red Planet starting at 12:01 a.m. PDT on Thursday, May 16 through 11:59 p.m. PDT on Sunday, May 19.

For new recruits, Surviving Mars is a survival management game where players must build a colony capable of supporting human life on Mars. Easier said than done considering the Martian atmosphere is hostile to humans and kills anyone directly exposed to it.

Since Surviving Mars launched on Xbox One in March of last year, the game has had 12 major updates, each one adding new features or improving mechanics based on our players feedback. One recent update was the addition of Paradox Mods, the first direct modding pipeline on Xbox One, which gave players the power to create their own custom experience in Surviving Mars. That’s right, players can mod Surviving Mars on Xbox One during the free weekend.

If you want to experience more Surviving Mars, check out the two expansions: Space Race, where players compete with rival colonies for the limited resources on Mars, and Green Planet, which just launched today, introduces terraforming parameters and allows players to turn the Red Planet green.

In short, if you’re looking for a game that puts your management skills to the test, look no further than Surviving Mars!


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For the month of May, Xbox Live Gold members will receive four new free games – two on Xbox One and two on Xbox 360 – as part of the Games with Gold program. You can play both Xbox 360 titles on your Xbox One with Backward Compatibility.

On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download Marooners ($9.99 ERP) for free during the month of May. The Golf Club 2019 featuring PGA TOUR ($49.99 ERP) will be available as a free download from May 16th to June 15th.

On Xbox 360, starting May 1st, Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon ($19.99 ERP) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through May 15th. Then on May 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Comic Jumper ($14.99 ERP) for free through May 31st.

Read more about May’s Games with Gold titles over at Xbox Wire.

See last month’s Games With Gold here.

*Titles are available as free downloads for qualifying Xbox Live Gold members in all markets where Xbox Live is available. Some regions may offer different titles depending on market availability.

Grab a friend and play Gears of War 4 and The Crew 2 Standard Edition for free during the Xbox Live Gold’s Free Play Days event. Experience adrenaline-filled action as you take on the Swarm or the American motorsports scene. The Free Play Days event begins Thursday, April 25 at 12:01 a.m. PT and runs through to Sunday, April 28 at 11:59 p.m. PT. You can find and install the games here. To download on console, click on the Gold member area on the home dashboard on your Xbox One.

The games are also available for purchase so you can continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and achievements earned in-game during the event.

 Gears of War 4

Gears of War 4 is back for an Xbox Live Gold Free Play Weekend. Return to Sera and play as the next generation of Gears of War heroes. If you’re new to Gears, go experience the Campaign, compete in Versus or survive the Horde with friends this weekend only. If you’re a returning fan, check out the Gilded RAAM Challenge and earn a character skin you can take over to Gears 5!

The Crew 2 Standard Edition

Learn more about The Crew 2 free weekend here.

Don’t miss out on this Free Play Day weekend! Learn more about Free Play Days here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire to find out about future Free Play Days and all the latest news on Xbox.

More games coming to Xbox Game Pass in April. See the list of titles and the dates they’ll be added below:

Prey(April 11) 

Good morning, Morgan. Prey joins the Xbox Game Pass library tomorrow, taking you from the comfort of your home to the treacherous depths of space. As Morgan Yu, you’ll have to use your wits, weapons, and strange powers to fight the alien threat that has overtaken the Talos I space station. Explore the station, upgrade your skills and abilities, and uncover the secrets of Talos I and the dangers within. 

 The Golf Club 2(April 11) 

Play a dynamic single and multi-player experience with unlimited possibilities. Take a swing on new, lush golf courses or create your very own! Intuitive and realistic swing mechanics, infinite hours of gameplay, the opportunity to become a pro, and prestigious Club Societies are in store for you in this definitive golfing experience! 

Monster Hunter: World(April 18) 

Enter a living, breathing ecosystem where players become hunters who seek and slay ferocious beasts in heart-pounding battles that unfold across the vast, ever-changing terrain. You are a hunter of the Fifth Fleet, tasked with investigating the mysterious behaviors of the Elder Dragons out in the new world. As a hunter, you must use your cunning and skill to track and maneuver targets throughout intense, evolving battles. Venture solo on quests or partner with up to three other hunters online for cooperative play. 

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier(April 18) 

Play as Javier Garcia, disgraced former baseball star now fighting to protect those he loves in a world plagued by the undead. As humanity is pushed to a breaking point, Javier finds his fate bound to a young survivor called Clementine. Thrown into conflict with the ruthless New Frontier, they must rely on each other to survive and find the family they’ve lost. Make choices that shape the fate of those around you, engage in thrilling action scenes, and explore beautiful comic book styled environments from “The Walking Dead.”  

Life is Strange 2: Episode 2(April 24) 

Run. From. Danger.” Brothers Sean and Daniel face another dangerous road during the heart of winter. As Sean continues to train Daniel’s growing telekinetic power, they’re faced with an unexpected road bump – Daniel’s gotten sick and isn’t getting any better. Still far from their destination of Mexico, the brothers have found shelter in snowy northern Oregon. Will this be the solace that finally keeps them safe? Sean’s key rule: “Hide your power” has worked for them up until now, but what happens if they’re turned over to the police? 

Resident Evil5 (April 25) 

The Umbrella Corporation and its crop of lethal viruses have been destroyed and contained, but a new, more dangerous threat has emerged — somewhere in Africa, innocent villagers are transforming into aggressive and disturbing creatures. Featuring online co-op, players can experience this Resident Evil classic as either Chris Redfield or his new partner Sheva Alomar, as the duo must work together to investigate and stop whatever is causing the disturbing turn of events.

To stay up to date on all the latest Xbox Game Pass news, be sure to follow them on Instagram and Twitter. There’s also the Xbox Game Pass mobile app, which comes with real game notifications and helps you remote install to your home console. That way your games are ready to play when you are, and instead of rushing home from work to install a game, you’re rushing home from work to play a game. So much better. 

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Whether you’re looking to headlock your foes, to lock and load a ton of weapons, or feel the thrill of horror, get ready for an action-packed Free Play Days event. This weekend, Xbox Live Gold members can fight their way into the fray with WWE 2K19, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, and Dead by Daylight: Special EditionThe Free Play Days event begins Thursday, April 4 at 12:01 a.m. PT and runs through to Sunday, April 7 at 11:59 p.m. PTYou can find and install the games here. To download on console, click on the Gold member area on the home dashboard on your Xbox One.

The games are also available for purchase so you can continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and achievements earned in-game during the event.

WWE 2K19

WrestleMania weekend is nearly underway, and you too can step inside the ring with WWE 2K19! With incredible game modes such as the return of 2K Showcase, chronicling the rise of Daniel Bryan, his retirement and eventual return to the ring! Play as some of your favorite WWE Superstars from the past and present with our biggest roster yet, or take your created Superstar on a journey through the independent scene all the way to the top of the WWE in MyCareer!

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Get excited for the upcoming Borderlands 3 and watch the newest trailer here! To catch up on everything you’ve missed, or just relive it all over again, play the essential Borderlands compilation for free today, now in Ultra High Definition! The Handsome Collection includes the definitive versions of both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Shoot and loot your way through the entire Handsome Jack saga and explore both the planet of Pandora and its moon, Elpis.

Dead by Daylight: Special Edition

Ever wished to play as one of the characters from your favorite horror movies? To feel the adrenaline rush of the survivors or the thrill of being the killer? Dead by Daylight is a 1 vs 4 multiplayer game that allows you to choose between playing an unstoppable Killer and one of four survivors trying to evade a gruesome death. With the Special Edition, you get seven killers and eight survivors to choose from. This deadly game of cat and mouse also lets you to meet some of the most iconic faces from horror franchises, such as the latest addition: Ash Williams from the Ash vs Evil Dead series.

Don’t miss out on this Free Play Day weekend! Learn more about Free Play Days here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire to find out about future Free Play Days and all the latest news on Xbox.

During this weekend’s Free Play Days event, you can ball out in arcade style street ball, go off-roading in bikes and ATVs, and scavenge your way across a post-war Norway. There’s no shortage of fun and action that Xbox Live Gold members can immerse themselves in with NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, MX vs ATV All Out, and Vigor. The Free Play Days event begins Thursday, March 21 at 12:01 a.m. PT and runs through to Sunday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. PT. You can find and install the games here. To download on console, click on the Gold member area on the home dashboard on your Xbox One.

The games are also available for purchase so you can continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and achievements earned in-game during the event.

 NBA 2K Playgrounds 2

Arcade-style basketball is back with NBA 2K Playgrounds 2! Take street ballin’ to the next level featuring a huge roster of current players and NBA legends. NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 hosts a variety of new features including three-point contests, tons of new players with more continuously added and new playgrounds including the most recent Safe Schools for Alex court! Pick your players, get ready to jam, and Ball Without Limits!

MX vs ATV All Out

From the biggest name in off-road racing, Rainbow Studios, comes the biggest off-road racing game: MX vs ATV All Out! Players will start on their own rider compound, just like the pros, and train to compete with the biggest pros in motocross. MX vs ATV All Out features bikes, ATV’s and UTV’s for the most complete off-road racing experience. Game modes include Supercross, Nationals, Opencross, Waypoint, Tag racing and more. Split-screen and 16-player online multiplayer options plus the opportunity to upgrade and tune your look from your vehicle to your gear!

Vigor (in Xbox Game Preview)

In Vigor, explore the beautiful landscapes of post-war Norway, scavenge for loot amongst other Outlanders in tense map-based encounters and start rebuilding your safe haven amidst a fallen civilization.

Don’t miss out on this Free Play Day weekend! Learn more about Free Play Days here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire to find out about future Free Play Days and all the latest news on Xbox.

More games coming to Xbox Game Pass in March. See the list of titles and the dates they’ll be added below:

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (March 21)

The year is 2019 – mechanically augmented humans have been deemed outcasts and segregated from the rest of society. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided the sequel to the critically acclaimed Deus Ex: Human Revolution, builds on the franchises trademark choice and consequence, action RPG based gameplay, to create both a memorable and highly immersive experience. Players will once again take on the role of Adam Jensen, now an experienced covert agent, and will gain access to his new arsenal of customizable state-of-the-art weapons and augmentations. With time working against him, Adam must choose the right approach, along with who to trust, in order to unravel a vast worldwide conspiracy.

What Remains of Edith Finch (March 21)

A strange curse has haunted the Finch family for generations and now all that remains is Edith and the colossal Finch home. In this intense, story-driven experience, it’s your job to look for answers by experiencing the lives and tragedies of Edith’s family on the days of their imminent deaths.

The Walking Dead: Michonne (March 28)

A horror adventure game where you play as the iconic blade-wielding character from Robert Kirkman’s best-selling comic books. The story reveals where Michonne went during a time away from Rick, Ezekiel, and the rest of her trusted group. As the highly capable Michonne, you’ll chop through the undead, grapple with a haunting past, and decide who live or dies. But on this path paved with blood, can she keep her humanity, or will she lose herself forever?

Vampyr (March 28)

This action RPG thrusts you into the life of Johnathan Reid – Doctor, war veteran, and vampire –forced to choose between his new thirst for blood and the lives of the citizens of London in the aftermath of World War I. The unique citizen system gives you a social map of London as you explore, investigate, and discover the populace and their relationships. Your actions, who you help, and who you hurt, will have far-reaching effects, and will decide the fate of the entire city. Will you feed and become the ultimate Vampyr?

Operencia: The Stolen Sun (March 29)

A dungeon crawler RPG by Zen Studios, featuring an old-school turn-based battle system and classic European mythology. Explore 13 unique levels and battle over 50 enemy types as you attempt to save the kingdom from perpetual darkness. Xbox One is the only console where you’ll be able to play Operenica: The Stolen Sun, and it will be immediately available to Xbox Game Pass members same day of its release.

Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite (April 1)

Stop the deadly Ultron Sigma from destroying the world in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite! Iconic characters from the Marvel and Capcom universes join forces in an attempt to take back control utilizing the almighty Infinity Stones. Jump into story mode or hop online and play against others in high-paced epic battles.

And, in case you missed it, we recently shared that Minecraft is coming to Xbox Game Pass on April 4! You can join the millions of players in the Minecraft community to build, create, and explore infinite worlds. (You missed a real opportunity if you didn’t repeat your “but wait there’s more” infomercial voice again).

Once you get past all the dragons and zombies and that giant shark, it can get pretty peaceful down here below the fold. If you want to see more of these scenic views, give us a follow on Instagram and Twitter where we share the latest hints, news, and announcements. Our Xbox Game Pass mobile app is your home base for new game notifications and remote installation to your home console, as soon as a game becomes available.

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With over 100 high-quality games and new games added all the time, Xbox Game Pass is the new way to discover your next favorite game. If you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass, join today and get your first month for $1.

On Tuesday, March 19 between 7:00AM UTC and 9:00AM UTC (3:00AM ET and 5:00AM ET / 12:00AM PT and 2:00AM PT), we will be performing scheduled maintenance that will affect Xbox 360 titles and services.

Please note this maintenance will also impact Xbox 360 backward compatible titles on Xbox One.

All other Xbox One titles and services will not be affected.  If you’re playing an Xbox 360 title during the maintenance, you may be disconnected from Xbox Live one or more times.

For the latest information during the maintenance, check the Xbox Live service status message at https://support.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-live-status.