Microsoft is expected to unveil October Xbox games with Gold in a few days, offering subscribers a handful of free titles; usually consist of two Xbox One games and two Xbox 360 games. While it is difficult to predict which games would be included in the October 2021 list, there is a rumor circulating online that Hitman 3 could be among them.
A Twitter post from Nils Ahrensmeier shows an image apparently discovered on Microsoft’s server of Hitman 3 with the Xbox Live Gold logo. Naturally, the image sparked speculation online that Hitman 3 could arrive on Xbox Free Games with Gold, allowing subscribers to download and keep it for free as long as they maintain their subscription. However, looking at Microsoft’s pick model for Xbox free games with Gold, Hitman 3 doesn’t quite meet the criteria – but it can still be offered to Xbox Live Gold subscribers in another way.
Why Hitman 3 is coming to Xbox Free Games with Gold is unlikely
Xbox Live Gold subscribers know that the Xbox Games with Gold program typically does not feature recently released games. Since Hitman 3 just released earlier this year for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S alongside other platforms, it would be unlikely for Microsoft and Hitman 3 developer IO Interactive to publish the game for free.
However, if Hitman 3 will be offered on one of Microsoft’s services in the future, it would likely be Xbox Game Pass as the company has focused more on improving it. Also, it’s worth remembering that unlike Games with Gold, Xbox Game Pass offers newer games with some titles being offered on day one. The question now is what does this mean for the image apparently found on Microsoft’s server with the Xbox Live Gold logo.
Hitman 3 could be offered via Xbox Live Gold Free Play Days
For the uninitiated, Xbox Live Gold is the service offered by Microsoft that unlocks the online functionality of Xbox and further provides access to Xbox games with Gold – the feature that provides monthly free games.
While it is unlikely that Hitman 3 will be offered at Games with Gold, the game may be included in future Xbox Live Gold Free Play Days. Every now and then, Microsoft selects a handful of recently released AAA titles that Xbox Live Gold players can access for free for a limited time. The games offered in this category are available for several days, usually on weekends, allowing players to try them out. It should be remembered that Microsoft released several games for Free Play Days this weekend, but that did not include Hitman 3.
Unlike Games with Gold, players will not keep any games offered during Xbox Live Gold free play days. However, there are times when Microsoft will offer limited time discounts on these games to attract gamers. In all likelihood, the disclosed image showing Hitman 3 Wearing the Xbox Live Gold logo means that the game may be offered on Xbox Live Gold free play days in the future.
There is still the chance Hitman 3 will be released on Xbox Free Games with Gold, which would surprise the Xbox Live Gold community. While the past two months have seen a positive reception for Games with Gold’s roster, the same can’t be said for the previous months, which have met with widespread disapproval from the community. However, if Hitman 3 is included in Xbox games with Gold in the future, that would probably be a signal that Microsoft is showing interest in the service again.
Hitman 3 is out now on PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X / S.
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