The Games with Gold program has had plenty of hits and misses on its free list for Xbox Live Gold owners over the years, but like it’s PS Plus competition on PS4, there’s plenty of opportunities for indie games to grab the spotlight and some added interest in the process. Though it’s hard to say whether being free for a month impacted in a monster way, Rocket League is the perfect example of a game that still benefited from the extra attention brought to it with their Sony partnership.

Next month, a new RPG which recently achieved success on Kickstarter is about to put at the forefront of Microsoft’s Xbox One. Earthlock: Festival of Magic follows in the footsteps of some of the great role playing games of the past with its turn based combat, non-linear story and a retro style overworld. One thing it doesn’t do, however, is random battles from hidden enemies, as you’ll be able to see everything visible on the map as you explore.

Earthlock was originally developed with Nintendo’s Wii U in mind, and the game is still planned to appear on that system in the not too distant future. There’s also plans to bring the experience to PC, PS4 and Linux before the end of the year, with the addition of seven translated languages for those fans from overseas.

Earthlock looks likely to please fans of the classic Final Fantasy and the Tales series of games, among many others. Its art style looks gorgeous too, a stark contrast to the darker imagery seen in some of the more recent RPG’s. You’ll be able to download it for free on Xbox One during September, but only if you’re an Xbox Live Gold member. For roughly AU$80 a year it’s well worth joining (there’s four new and free games available each month.)


Mark Isaacson is the editor of PN2. Go say hi @Mark_D_Isaacson.

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