Free Play Days – Battlefield 2042, Autonauts, Akka Arrh, and Minecraft

Are you ready for some action-packed, creative, and retro gaming fun? Get ready to try out three amazing games for a limited time with Free Play Days! Battlefield 2042, Autonauts, and Akka Arrh are available this weekend for Xbox Game Pass Core and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play from Thursday October 12 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Sunday, October 15 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. 

Additionally, Minecraft is free for all Xbox members from October 12 until October 15 (Game Pass Core, Game Pass Ultimate not required).

Game Pass Core will give players access to our advanced multiplayer network, a select collection of over 25 games to play with friends around the world, and exclusive member deals! Read more about Game Pass Core at Xbox Wire.

How to Start Playing

Find and install the games on each of the individual game details page on Clicking through will send you to the Microsoft Store, where you must be signed in to see the option to install with your Xbox Game Pass Core or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership. To download on console, click on the Subscriptions tab in the Xbox Store and navigate down to the Free Play Days collection on your Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

Keep the Fun Going

Purchase the game and other editions at a limited time discount and continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and achievements earned during the event! Please note that discounts and percentages may vary by title and region.

Free Play Days (Game Pass Core or Game Pass Ultimate Required)

Battlefield™ 2042 Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S

Electronic Arts



Experience Battlefield 2042 – Season 6: Dark Creations and master the unknown in claustrophobic close-quarters battles. Between October 12-15, gather your squad and play free on the new map – Redacted, wield new weapons and gadgets, and unlock 100 tiers of Battle Pass content.


In Autonauts you must build, create, and automate. Start by establishing a colony, crafting bots, and teaching them via scratch-style programming to build an ever-evolving autonomous paradise of agriculture, industry, and enlightenment.

Akka Arrh

Akka Arrh combines the intrigue of an incredibly rare Atari arcade prototype with the unique creative vision of Jeff Minter to deliver a wave shooter that is insanely fun to play. Akka Arrh drips with Minter’s sense of humor, his love of psychedelic color and light, and his ability to flat-out create games that are a joy to play.

Free Play Days For All (Game Pass Core or Game Pass Ultimate Not Required)


Microsoft Studios



Xbox One X Enhanced

Xbox Game Pass

Minecraft is a game made up of blocks, creatures, and community. Blocks can be used to reshape the world or build fantastical creations. Creatures can be battled or befriended, depending on your playstyle. Experience epic adventures solo or with friends – there’s no wrong way to play (unless you’re digging straight down).

Don’t miss out on this exciting Free Play Days for Xbox Game Pass Core and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members! Learn more about Free Play Days here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire to find out about future Free Play Days and all the latest Xbox gaming news. 

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Rich Dickinson Xbox Wire Editor