Halo 5: Guardians will be free to play on Xbox One from June 29-July 5

Microsoft will give Xbox One owners with an Xbox Live Gold subscription a chance to play the full version of the sci-fi shooter Halo 5: Guardians for free from June 29 to July 5. The free period is to help celebrate the release of the Warzone Firefight update.

Warzone Firefight, which will add the new gameplay mode, three more maps and other content to Halo 5, will also launch on June 29. Microsoft says:

To celebrate the release of Warzone Firefight next week, the full game of Halo 5: Guardians will be available to download and play FOR FREE to all Xbox Live Gold members from June 29 to July 5 as part of Xbox Live's "Free Play Days" program. Additionally, Halo 5: Guardians will be on sale for 50 percent off during this same time. There's no better time to join the Spartan ranks!

Microsoft says more surprises will be revealed in the next several days ahead of Warzone Firefight's release.

John Callaham