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No Xbox Live membership required for online multiplayer on free-to-play games from today

A number of free-to-play games will no longer require an Xbox Live Membership for their online multiplayer modes (Image via Lifewire, Respawn Entertainment)
A number of free-to-play games will no longer require an Xbox Live Membership for their online multiplayer modes (Image via Lifewire, Respawn Entertainment)
Rahul Bhushan
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Modified 23 Apr 2021
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In what was one of the most controversial moves in recent memory, Xbox recently announced that an Xbox Live membership was required for players to access free-to-play games' online multiplayer.

This meant that free-to-play games such as Apex Legends, until today, required an Xbox Live membership, a subscription service that allowed players access to online multiplayers.

The move was met with massive resistance from fans and soon became extremely detrimental to the Xbox brand. However, Xbox has now gone back on its decision after the massive backlash from the community.

A number of free-to-play games will no longer require an Xbox Live Membership for their online multiplayer modes. However, other games, such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or Rainbow Six: Siege, will still require an Xbox Live Membership.

Which free-to-play games on Xbox are included?

There are over 50 free-to-play titles on the Xbox platform, and the games on this list will not require a Live Membership:

  • 3on3 FreeStyle
  • Aegis Wing
  • APB Reloaded
  • Apex Legends
  • Armored Warfare
  • Battle Islands: Commanders
  • Bless Unleashed
  • Brawlhalla
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Crackdown
  • Crackdown 2
  • Crimson Alliance
  • Crossout
  • CRSED: F.O.A.D.
  • Darwin Project
  • Dauntless
  • DC Universe Online
  • Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Core Fighters
  • Dead or Alive 6: Core Fighters
  • Defiance 2050
  • Destiny 2
  • Doritos Crash Course
  • Dungeon Defenders II
  • Enlisted
  • Eternal Card Game
  • Family Game Night
  • Fishing Planet
  • Fortnite
  • Galaxy Control: Arena
  • Happy Wars
  • Harm’s Way
  • Hawken
  • Hyper Scape
  • Killer Instinct
  • Korgan
  • Minion Masters
  • Neverwinter
  • Outriders (Demo)
  • Paladins
  • Path of Exile
  • Phantasy Star Online 2
  • Phantom Dust
  • Pinball FX2
  • Prominence Poker
  • Realm Royale
  • Rec Room
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2
  • ROBLOX
  • Rocket League
  • Rogue Company
  • Skyforge
  • SMITE
  • Spacelords
  • Spellbreak
  • Star Trek Online
  • Techwars Global Conflict
  • TERA
  • The Four Kings Casino and Slots
  • Too Human
  • Trove
  • Vigor
  • War Thunder
  • Warface
  • Warframe
  • World of Tanks
  • World of Warships: Legends
  • Yaris

While this U-turn has been received rather positively by the fanbase, many in the community are confused as to why it was implemented in the first place.

Many believe that PlayStation's online multiplayer subscription service - PlayStation Plus - was a direct response to the Xbox Live Gold Membership.

So when Xbox decided to force a subscription service on free-to-play games, many were concerned that Sony might follow suit. However, the community's perseverance and feedback have helped Xbox steer the ship in a positive direction.

With the green brand implementing a lot of pro-consumer moves such as the Xbox Game Pass, the decision with free-to-play games stood out as a major blot on their reputation. However, fans can now rest easy knowing that their free-to-play games are once again free.

Published 23 Apr 2021
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