Games with Gold countdown: New Xbox One free games coming in August

The countdown can begin for the new Games with Gold lineup after Microsoft announced its plans for next month earlier today. As ever, four games will be available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers to download for free, although some will disappear during different times. August 1 will see the launch of the first wave of free games, and these will include Portal Knights on Xbox One and MX Unleashed from the original Xbox console. Both games will be available to play on Xbox One via Backwards Compatibility, with MX available until August 16.

It will be replaced on that date by Red Faction II, another title from the original Xbox console.

On the Xbox One side of things, Portal Knights will be available to download from August 1, to the end of the month, with Override: Mech City Brawl joining the lineup on the 16th.

Until then, July’s Dunk Lords, a two-on-two basketball beat ‘em up that has been available to download over the past few weeks.

Descriptions for all four August Games with Gold titles can be found below, courtesy of Microsoft:

Portal Knights

Forge your character, craft epic weapons, and vanquish your enemies in this 3D action sandbox RPG. You and your party are the only hope for a world torn apart and terrorized by the Hollow King. Level up your hero as you explore dozens of randomly generated islands, create amazing structures, and interact with the colorful inhabitants of the land, in a quest to become the ultimate Portal Knight.

Override: Mech City Brawl

High-octane mech battles are delivered in a city-crushing ballad of destruction! Experience a blockbuster full-length campaign, a myriad of local and online multiplayer modes, and a cast of 12 gigantic mechs to pilot, each customizable and with their own special abilities. Tower over your opponents and lay waste to environments inspired by real life locations to become the top mech pilot. No gears, no glory!

MX Unleashed

Replay a fantastically addicting freestyle motorcycle game from the classic Xbox era. Perform stunts and tricks on huge, dangerous tracks to unlock amazing game secrets across a large variety of freestyle and supercross venues. Featuring enormous sandbox environments, this motocross game is one big off-road playground.

Red Faction II

Fight to overthrow a corrupt dictator and government in this classic first-person shooter. It has been five years since the rebellion on Mars began and the oppressed people of the commonwealth are rising up. Lead a squad of unique super-soldiers, each with their own specialized methods of destruction ranging from demolitions to gunships, to topple the crooked government and restore peace to the land.

Microsoft’s other major subscription service, Xbox Game Pass, will also see a number of updates this week.

This includes the launch of Grounded, a new survival game from Obsidian Entertainment, which will remain in early access over the coming months.

Another new Xbox Game Pass addition is Nowhere Prophet, where you play the role of the last hope to a band of outcasts, featuring turn-based card combat, and launching on July 29.

Yakuza Kiwami 2 arrives on July 30, alongside The Touryst, which adds yet another indie title to the Xbox Game Pass lineup.