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For those dying to play 'Fortnite' without having to spend those extra fees, a new Epic Games Hotfix has just allowed players to easily access the game on Xbox without the need of Xbox Gold! This puts 'Fortnite' as one of the free games Epic Games on Xbox!


12.1m Followers, 43 Following, 867 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Xbox (@xbox). The news was revealed by Xbox Preview Program developer Brad Rossetti on Twitter. 'Multiplayer in Free-to-play games, Looking 4 Groups and Party Chat on Xbox no longer requires an Xbox Live Gold. Xbox has surprised some select subscribers of Xbox Live with what is essentially free money. In honor of Xbox's Spring Sale kicking off this afternoon, the team at Microsoft started sending out.

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Since gamers won't have to spend on Xbox Gold in order to play 'Fortnite' anymore, they can either save their money or spend it on other important things in the game. Wordpress server log files. Paying to access the game aside from the price of a game itself is something that usually turns off gamers.

Although some games can only be accessed if the player has a subscription to this and that, Fortnite is free and easy to access on other platforms making it very disadvantageous for Xbox users. Since Fortnite is generally free and only on the Xbox did Epic Games require Xbox Gold, the new hotfix will correct everything and allow gamers to simply play the game as is!

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The news was announced by ShiinaBR - Fortnite Leaks @ShiinaBR onTwitter and although the account is oftentimes focused on other leaks in game, this news was also shared through the account. It seems like Fortnite was not the only game that no longer needed Xbox Gold to play.

An article by GamesRadar shared that there are now over 50 free to play games that no longer needed Xbox Gold for them to be accessed. The article noted that 'Fortnite' is finally 'truly' free to play. The article also noted that there are a number of free-to-play online multiplayer games that will no longer require players to have Xbox Live Gold membership on their Xbox consoles.

Epic just pushed out a hotfix that disables the requirement of Xbox Gold to be able to play Fortnite on Xbox!

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In an announcement made by Microsoft, the company had shared details of its plan to remove the official Xbox Live Gold membership for just over 50 titles. These titles include legendary games like 'Call of Duty Warzone', 'Apex Legends', and of course, 'Fortnite'. The message announces that Xbox gamers will now be able to access the online multiplayer without any charge.

In another FAQ, Microsoft confirmed that the whole move will come to effect on April 21, 2021. All players will no longer need Xbox Live Gold membership in order for them to play a number of those free-to-play games on the Xbox console whether it be the Xbox One, the newer Xbox Series X, or other Xbox consoles.

The company also mentioned that for players that use their subscription specifically for free-to-play games, they will be able to cancel their membership immediately. Aside from this, gamers that did not touch premium games with their subscription will also be receiving credit that will be based on the remaining time of their subscription. For those that have been thinking of giving up their Xbox Live Gold subscription but didn't want to because of 'Fortnite,' now might be the perfect time to do so.

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Xbox owners soon won't need to pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription to enjoy otherwise free-to-play games on their consoles. Wednesday's update to the Xbox Alpha Insiders Update Preview program (version 2104.210323-0000) notes that 'Multiplayer in Free-to-play games, Looking 4 Groups and Party Chat on Xbox no longer requires an Xbox Live Gold membership.' These features are being tested with Insiders 'ahead of general availability,' according to the update.

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Microsoft first announced this move back in January as the company was busy rolling back a controversial planned increase in Xbox Live Gold prices. Back then, Microsoft said the free-to-play change was coming 'as soon as possible in the coming months,' but the rollout to Insiders suggests it will be reaching all Xbox players imminently.Twitter

Microsoft's decision here brings the service in line with its major console competitors. When Sony started charging for multiplayer gameplay on PlayStation Network in 2014, it included a specific carve-out for 'a selection of free-to-play multiplayer titles [that] will be available without a PS Plus membership.' Nintendo included a similar carve-out for free-to-play titles like Fortnite when it started charging for its Switch Online service in 2018.


But Microsoft has required a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription for access to console multiplayer games since the days of the Xbox 360. In fact, users needed an Xbox Live Gold subscription to access streaming media apps like Netflix and Hulu on Xbox consoles (on top of the subscription fees for those services) until 2014.

Back in July, Microsoft announced that the upcoming

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would include a free-to-play multiplayer component in addition to the standard, paid single-player campaign. But in August, the company swatted down rumors that it was getting rid of Xbox Live Gold or making the service free. 'We have no plans to discontinue Xbox Live Gold at this time,' the company said. 'It is an important part of gaming on Xbox today and will continue to be in the future.'

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Still, the basic $5/month Xbox Live Gold online service has seemed like less of a focus for Microsoft in recent years, eclipsed by Xbox Game Pass and its massive selection of downloadable and streaming games. Since 2019, Microsoft has periodically offered to let users convert up to three years of Xbox Live Gold subscription time to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (which also includes all the features for Xbox Live Gold) for just $1. That suggests Microsoft is eager to get current Xbox Live subscribers on board with the more expansive $15/month Game Pass Ultimate plan in the long term.