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Saints Row: The Third, Dust: An Elysian Tail go free on Xbox 360 in May

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Volition Inc.'s Saints Row: The Third and Humble Hearts' Dust: An Elysian Tail are the two free Xbox 360 games under Microsoft's Games with Gold program for the month of May, Microsoft's Larry Hryb announced today.

Dust (regularly $14.99) was originally released on Xbox Live Arcade in August 2012. The cartoony platformer incorporates elements of Castlevania, Metroid and Ys 1 and 2. It will be available free to download for Xbox Live Gold subscribers from May 1-15. Saints Row: The Third (reg. $19.99) brought the Saints Row franchise to new, ever more ludicrous heights when it launched in November 2011. Gold members will be able to download it free from May 16-31.

Games with Gold debuted last June, and Microsoft turned it into an ongoing promotion in October. The company will bring the initiative to Xbox One later this year, and according to Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, the titles offered through Games with Gold will be "more true" to what fans might want.

For more on Dust, read our feature on its development history and our full review of the game.

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