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Xbox Games With Gold offers The Banner Saga 2 and more in July

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The Banner Saga 2, the sequel to the 2014 role-playing game from Stoic, will debut on Xbox One as a free Games With Gold title on July 1, Microsoft announced today.

This is earlier than anticipated; Stoic had previously said The Banner Saga 2, which launched in mid-April on Mac and Windows PC, would arrive July 26 on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Publisher Versus Evil announced today that the PS4 version is now scheduled to be released July 5.

The Banner Saga 2 (regularly $19.99) will be free all month long to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, while the other Games With Gold title for Xbox One, Tumblestone (reg. $19.99), will be free from July 16 through Aug. 15. It's a puzzle game from the Quantum Astrophysicists Guild that includes arcade modes, a story campaign and multiplayer offerings.

Both of July's Xbox 360 Games With Gold titles will also be playable on Xbox One via backward compatibility, as usual. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, which was originally released in March 2008, will be free from July 1-15. Tron: Evolution (reg. $14.99), a tie-in for the 2010 film Tron: Legacy, will be free for the second half of the month.

For a look at the games, check out the trailer above.

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