After a brief but unsuccessful attempt to raise the price of new Xbox Live Gold subscriptions earlier this year, Microsoft confirmed that the paid barrier for free-to-play games would be removed altogether. Today, that news has become reality and you no longer need an Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription to access online multiplayer for free-to-play games.
In a post on Xbox Wire, Microsoft explained that more than 50 free-to-play multiplayer games will no longer require a subscription to access. This includes games like Call of Duty: Warzone, Dauntless, Destiny 2, Killer Instinct, Spellbreak, and Warframe. This change is being implemented in all regions today, so if you don’t subscribe to any of the above services, you should now be able to access these games for free.
This will also apply to new games, including 343 Industries’ upcoming blockbuster Halo Infinite, whose multiplayer has been confirmed to be free to play.