In a recent press release, Perfect World Entertainment has revealed that it will be bringing Cryptic Studios’ free-to-play massively-multiplayer online game (MMO) Neverwinter: Curse of Icewind Dale to the Xbox One in early 2015. Based on the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeons 8 Dragons, Neverwinter has players undergoing epic quests and battling untold horrors in defense of the titular city.
Neverwinter will be the first major free to play MMO to grace the Xbox One and will not be the last if the game is hit. The game is already enjoying significant success on PCs. Considering the other free to play games available on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, this might already be a sign of a trend that will bring serious MMO attention to Xbox Live. There are only a relatively few MMOs in the Xbox library, but there are plenty of free games outside of the Games With Gold promotion.
Ascend: Hand of Kul
In Ascend: Hand of Kul, players wage war as aspects of the Light, the Dark, and the Void bent on world domination. The action is as brutal as the world in which the game is set.
Happy Wars is all about huge multiplayer battles. Up to 30 players can fight it out in a variety of difficult modes from castle sieges to straight up skirmishes. The fully customizable units may look cute, but they are deadly.
The classic arcade fighting game from Rare has been reborn on the Xbox One through the efforts of Double Helix. While only one character is included with the free download, players can expand the available roster through micro-transactions and special promotions.
The developers who brought the Zumba craze to the Xbox One released an arcade-style golf game that packs more action than you would expect. The visuals of the game, especially the vistas, are beautiful and show off high production behind this free game.
The beauty of Project Spark is that it is not just one game. Joining the beta allows game access to numerous games created by their peers. After trying out a few games, players might be inspired toward giving it a go at their own creations.
Based upon the hit Starz series, Spartacus Legends sets asides all of the intrigue and drama to focus on gladiatorial combat. Life in the arena is short and brutal, but the legends live on forever.
Crytek has made a name for itself with the Crysis series and Xbox One launch title Ryse: Son of Rome and have put their impressive efforts behind a new mutliplayer, first-person shooter in Warface. While it looks like a AAA title, Warface is completely free to jump into.
World of Tanks
The title says it all. In World of Tanks, players tanks in massive battles across maps representing major historical sites. The amount of detail put forth in the game is impressive, and players will get a true feel for military history while trying to blast each other away.
World Series of Poker
World Series of Poker is a robust simulation of the popular gambling sport competition of the same name. While no real money is involved, players can still enjoy the thrill of poker through the eyes of their Xbox avatars.
Xbox Fitness collects a variety of popular workout regimes developed by premier trainers like Jillian Michaels and Tony Horton. The Kinect measures your vitals as you go through P90X, Insanity, and a host of other programs designed for all fitness levels.