Fantasy and science fiction collide in October as Microsoft announces the newest additions to the Games with Gold promotion, including Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes and Halo 3 (Halo Free?).

Recently announced via the Major Nelson blog, the October Games with Gold offerings feature everything from pointy ears to cybernetically enhanced exoskeletons. Some of the best titles in games history come from the genres of Sci-fi and fantasy and, in the coming 30-odd days, both groups will be well represented with the two latest free games available to Xbox 360 Gold subscribers.

And wouldn’t you know it? The first game in said lineup will be available starting tomorrow as Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes becomes available free of charge from Oct. 1. Usually going for 15 bucks, Clash of Heroes will be free for Gold subscribers through Oct. 15, just in time for the second game in the promotion to arrive.

Clash of Heroes is the latest spin off in the Might & Magic series, offering a brand new cast of fantasy characters, a brand new story (we’re guessing the world is in danger and your rag-tag group of reluctant heroes are the only ones who can save the day) and an all-new strategy battle system that rewards careful planning and clever strategy.

Next up on the agenda is the Xbox 360’s first offering from the world of Master Chief, Halo 3. Including the single player campaign and all of those beloved online options, Halo 3 continues the story of mankind’s war with The Covenant, as well as provides one of the most finely-tuned online arcade shooting experiences. If you love plasma rifles and glowing space-swords and you somehow haven’t plopped down your $15 to pick up Halo 3 just yet, then you’ll be delighted to know that it’ll be on tap gratis starting Oct. 16 for you Xbox subscribers of the gold variety.

If, however, you already own the game and occasionally think it might be fun to dive back into the online modes, then there’s a good chance that the lobbies will be revitalized with a bunch of noobs come mid-October. Lock, load, then get out there and show them how it’s done.

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