As usual, the games are split into two, each containing Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. Backward compatibility support (which was recently back for the last time) ensures they all play on the Xbox One family as well as Xbox Series consoles X | S of the latest generation.
Here are the announced games, their platforms and release dates:
The Escapists 2 : Available from December 1 to December 31 (Xbox One)
The best prison sandbox! Risk everything to escape from the harshest prisons in the world. Explore the largest prisons with multiple floors, rooftops, vents and underground tunnels. You will have to live by prison rules, attend roll calls, do prison work and observe strict regulations, while secretly defending your desire for freedom!
Return to the remote island nation of Tropico in the next installment of the critically acclaimed and hugely popular Dictator Simulator series. Expand the reign of your dynasty from the early colonial period to the 21st century, facing a whole new set of challenges, including advanced trading mechanics, technology and scientific research, exploration and multiplayer modes.
Orcs must die! : Available from December 1 to December 15 (Xbox 360)
Cut them open, burn them, pierce them and fire them up – no matter how you do it, the orcs must die in this fantastic strategy game from Robot Entertainment as a powerful battle mage with dozens of deadly weapons, spells and traps at your fingertips, defend twenty four fortresses against a raging crowd of vicious enemies, including ogres, hell bats and of course, a whole bunch of ugly orcs.
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet: Available Dec 16 – Dec 31 (Xbox 360)
In this insanely confusing 2D action adventure game, explore unique environments and battle bizarre creatures on your way to the center of the mysterious planet of Shadows! Solve challenging puzzles and upgrade your ship with alien technology as you fight to save your homeworld.
For those who missed the November Gold Games, some of the games still have time before the promotion expires. This means that Move, Kingdom Two Crowns and Lego Batman 2 DC Super Heroes are still available.