Speaking to the Reddit community, Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb said that he was sorry that fans were disappointed that the first free game for July in Microsoft's Games for Gold program was Defense Grid. Fans expected to receive Halo 3 or Assassin's Creed 2 - which were announced as games being given away free as part of the program during E3.
“Sorry about the disappointment. Not sure how people started to assume that H3 and AC2 were coming in July. I thought it was pretty clear in the briefing, but I guess not that clear,” Hryb said.
He also promised to make marketing aware of the displeasure of the community over this. “I don’t work in marketing, but I am going to make them aware of this thread.”
When asked if Microsoft would keep the Games for Gold program going after the Xbox One is launched this fall he said that "anything is possible," adding that "we’ll see how the program goes."
In June the company released Fable 3 for free. Fans likely expected a free game that was either newer or a former AAA title equivalent to offerings like Halo 3 or Assassin's Creed 2. The Games for Gold program gives free games to gold Xbox Live subscribers, in case you didn't know. It is similar to what Sony does for PlayStation Plus subscribers, who pay a monthly stipend to get access to exclusive and sometimes early content via the PS3's PlayStation Store.