Assassin's Creed II Free For Xbox Live Gold Members on July 16


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Xbox Live's "Ultimate Game Sale" began on Tuesday, offering games such as Assassin's Creed 3 and Borderlands 2 for as much as 67% off. Though the second day of the sale isn't quite as exciting, Xbox Live Gold gamers will be pleased to know that Microsoft has announced the next game in its "Games with Gold" program.

Assassin's Creed II will be the second game given away during the program, which was announced during Microsoft's big E3 presentation. The game will be free for Xbox Live Gold members starting July 16. It will remain free until August 1, when a new title will become the rotated in. The program lasts through December, to encourage loyalty to Xbox Live going into the next console generation.

This announcement comes to reassure Gold members just two days after Microsoft announced its first free "Games with Gold" title, Defense Grid: The Awakening, on Monday. That announcement caused yet another PR nightmare for Microsoft, since Halo 3 and Assassin's Creed II were mentioned during E3 as the games that would "kick off" the "Games with Gold" program. Gamers expecting those titles vented their anger online, a familiar theme during the past few months for Microsoft.