As part of Microsoft’s regular Free Play Days promotion, Xbox Gold subscribers can download and play a couple of huge games for free.
Provided you’ve got an active Xbox Gold subscription, you can download and play Cities Skylines and Stellaris at no cost. The games are playable on Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One.
The games are available to play until 7.59am GMT on the morning of March 15, so you’ve got plenty of time to see what the fuss is about.
If you enjoy the games and want to carry on playing after the free trial ends, then the good news is that any progress you make during the Free Play Days weekend will carry over to the full release.
Better yet, you can purchase the games at a discounted price for a limited time.
Stellaris Console Edition, for example, is available for just £10.55, while the Deluxe Edition costs £14.84.
Cities Skylines, meanwhile, is reduced to the low price of £7.99. That’s a saving of 75%.
“Reach for the stars and reign over them in the newly expanded Stellaris: Console Edition. Discover the mysteries of the galaxy, expand your space-faring civilization, and ultimately rule the cosmos – all is within your hands and your thumbsticks.
“Hungering for more? Stellaris: Console Edition and Deluxe Edition will be 67% off for a limited-time as part of Deals with Gold.”
It’s also worth pointing out that Stellaris DLC is also on sale as part of the Free Play Days promotion.
“Create a bustling metropolis in Cities: Skylines, the award-winning city management simulator!
“Starting with a single plot of land, you’ll build and manage a complex series of systems, all to keep citizens happy while balancing the budget.
“A city that never sleeps, a sprawling suburban community, or the small-town of your dreams – the choice is yours! And keep the fun going with Cities: Skylines and other editions up to 75% off in the Microsoft Store.”