Play Forza Motorsport 5 for free all weekend long

play forza motorsport 5 free weekend long

So you’ve got an Xbox One and you’re dreading the final long weekend before Bungie’s Destiny arrives to break the summer release drought. What to do? Well, if you’re an Xbox Live Gold subscriber, why not go play Forza Motorsport 5 for free?

Microsoft is giving all Gold subscribers free access to the Turn 10 Studios launch title for Xbox One, starting at 12:01am PT on September 4 (that means it’s live as of this post’s publish) and running until 11:59pm PT on Sunday, September 7. Microsoft says the promo is meant to hype fans up for the September 30 launch of Forza Horizon 2, but the imminent arrival of Destiny no doubt plays into the timing.

Related: Forza Motorsport 5 logs a late finish on the Xbox One launch circuit (review)

There are no limits in terms of what you can access during the free weekend; this is the full game. Simply head to the Xbox Games Store on your Xbox One console, find Forza 5, and download it. Any progress you make is yours to keep, though you’ll need to buy the game if you want to play beyond the free weekend.

The promotion also connects to a contest that includes a three-day trip to the Forza Motorsport Grand Prix Road Racing Class in Arizona; you can read more about that in Microsoft’s Xbox Wire post.