Get $5 credit with select ID@Xbox purchases

Today, Microsoft announced "Winter of Arcade" for Xbox One. According to the company, more than a decade ago, the Xbox Team introduced "Xbox Live Summer of Arcade" to showcase smaller games on Xbox 360 like Limbo and more. Summer of Arcade was supposedly an early precursor to the ID@Xbox program with the goal of increasing visibility for these independent developers. There's also a great promotion this time around.

To celebrate nine amazing games that are part of the program, customers will get a $5 gift card for each game they purchase through the Microsoft Store. You can get up $40 if you buy all of them. Ashen and Below will launch on Xbox Game Pass too.

The following games are part of Winter of Arcade and eligible for the $5 promotion.


Xbox One X Enhanced

Xbox Game Pass

Ashen is an open-world co-op action game about a wanderer in search of a place to call home. As you adventure through the world, you'll occasionally encounter other players in a massive realm, similar to the passive multiplayer in Journey.


Xbox One X Enhanced

Xbox Game Pass

Below is a procedural terrarium filled with life, mystery, and death. Test your adventurer mettle against shifting subterranean labyrinths.

Desert Child

In Desert Child, you are a young and talented racer who needs to figure out how you can scrape enough cash together through racing and odd jobs to punch your one-way ticket to Mars.

Donut County

Donut County is a story-based physics puzzle game where you play as an ever-growing hole in the ground.

Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek

Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek follows the tragic story of the neighbor's family in this dramatic prequel to Hello Neighbor.

Kingdom Two Crowns

Xbox Game Pass

In Kingdom Two Crowns, players must work together in the campaign mode to build their kingdom and secure it from the threat of an evil force.

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

A legendary series returns with a grand new adventure! Enjoy a colorful action-adventure game made alongside Ryuichi Nishizawa, creator of the original Wonder Boy in Monster World series.

Mutant Year Zero

Xbox One X Enhanced

Xbox Game Pass

A tactical adventure game combining the turn-based combat of XCOM with story, exploration, stealth, and strategy. Take control of a team of mutants navigating a post-human Earth.


Xbox One X Enhanced

Subnautica is an underwater open-world adventure game. Craft equipment, pilot submarines, and out-smart wildlife to explore lush coral reefs.

The Winter of Arcade only runs in in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada from December 4 to December 21, 2018. Which games are you interested in? Let us know.

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