Xbox has finally joined the practice of making its free-to-play games actually free-to-play by making it so that you no longer need Xbox Live Gold to play those kinds of games. That means titles like Apex Legends, Fortnite, Spellbreak, and more can be played at no cost and without any required subscriptions on the Xbox platforms. The change is in effect as of Wednesday and applies to over 50 different titles.
This change for Xbox’s free-to-play games has been brewing for a while, but it really gained traction after Microsoft said it would be raising the prices of Xbox Live Gold. That decision didn’t go over well at all, and after it was reversed, discussions about the paid subscription requirement for free-to-play games continued. PlayStation, by comparison, already does not require PlayStation Plus for the most popular free-to-play games like the ones mentioned above, so keeping that policy intact wasn’t a good look for Xbox.
Free-to-play now means free-to-play.— Xbox (@Xbox) April 21, 2021
Starting now, all Xbox players can access these free-to-play games with or without an Xbox Live Gold subscription: https://t.co/krFop3Qkg6 pic.twitter.com/CVbRK2hpus
It’s no surprise then that the company committed to change, and that change has happened today. The games below no longer require Xbox Live Gold subscriptions and can be played on Xbox consoles so long as you’ve got an Internet connection.
Free-to-Play Xbox Games That No Longer Need Xbox Live Gold
Battle Islands: Commanders
Call of Duty: Warzone
DC Universe Online
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Core Fighters
Dead or Alive 6: Core Fighters
Doritos Crash Course
Dungeon Defenders II
Eternal Card Game
Family Game Night
Galaxy Control: Arena
Gems of War
Path of Exile
Phantasy Star Online 2
Resident Evil Revelations 2
Star Trek Online
Techwars Global Conflict
The Four Kings Casino and Slots
World of Tanks
World of Warships: Legends
With this policy now in effect, you can expect future free-to-play games on Xbox platforms to follow suit by not requiring Xbox Live Gold either.
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