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Free-to-play games won’t require Xbox Live Gold soon

Microsoft's pricing backflip adds more good news to the pile.

Free-to-play games will soon be just that on Xbox, with Microsoft confirming an Xbox Live Gold subscription will not be required to play titles like Fortnite, Apex Legends and Call of Duty Warzone online.

“We’re turning this moment into an opportunity to bring Xbox Live more in line with how we see the player at the center of their experience,” Microsoft said in a statement.

“For free-to-play games, you will no longer need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play those games on Xbox. We are working hard to deliver this change as soon as possible in the coming months.”

The news was part of an update in which Microsoft said it would be reversing a decision to increase the price of an Xbox Live Gold subscription. The original post stated a $1 USD/month increase to the service, one that enables online multiplayer access to games playable on Xbox consoles including Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series S & X.

We’ll let you know when that Xbox Live Gold requirement no longer applies to free-to-play titles.

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