Long time Xbox fans may well remember the Summer of Arcade promotions that ran over the summer on higher profile Xbox Live Arcade games. The promotion took a break when the Xbox One was released back in 2013 and never made its return. Last month, Microsoft teased they'd be bringing back a similar promotion to promote notable ID@Xbox titles over the winter period. Dubbed Winter of Arcade
, the promotion has already begun and will cover nine select titles that are released throughout December.
Players who purchase games from the Microsoft Store Online or Xbox that are in the promotion will receive a $5 gift card for each of the games they purchase, not counting the first game. This means players can receive up to $40 if they buy all nine of the games in the list. Speaking of that list, the games that feature in the promotion, as well as their release dates, are:
If you've never heard of Donut County
, you would be forgiven seeing as this post doubles up as the game's announcement for the ID@Xbox program. Ben Esposito's upcoming title puts players in the role of BK, a raccoon who works for a company that steals people's rubbish. The company does this by opening up holes to swallow the rubbish whole. As more stuff "falls" into the hole, the hole gets bigger. The game takes place six weeks after the hole-pocalypse and the entire contents of Donut County are sat at the bottom of the hole, including its residents. They wonder when BK is going to stop stealing things, but it's an addiction.
Winter of Arcade is running in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. All games purchased from the list between 12:01 am EST on December 4th and 11:59 PM PST on December 21st will count, so while you don't need to buy the games on their day of release, you do need to be fairly quick about it. You can check out the terms and conditions of the offer here