Xbox have officially reversed their decision to increase the price of Xbox Live Gold, a sub needed to play multiplayer games online. The company will also remove the Gold requirement for F2P games.
Yesterday, Microsoft officially announced a big price increase for Xbox Live Gold subscription, which is of course a must have for all players who want to experience multiplayer.
This was a baffling decision and soon after the official announcement, many Xbox fans voiced their discontent, suggesting that Xbox should get rid of Xbox Live Gold requirement for free to play games, not further increase the price of the service.
The backlash was quite serious and many Xbox content creators and websites criticised the company, deservedly so.
Luckily, Microsoft were quick to reverse their decision. The company released another statement, claiming that the price increase will not be happening and more importantly, they plan to drop the Xbox Live Gold requirement for free-to-play games, which is something that they should have done a long time ago, to be fair.
Today was not great. We always try to do our best for you and today we missed the mark. We hear you, and we’re reversing our Xbox Live Gold pricing updates," the company said. "To bring Xbox Live more in line with how we see the player at the center of their experience we will be removing Gold requirements for free-to-play games. We're starting work on that immediately and will have updates in the coming months."
While the change was not necessary in the first place, it's always good to see that big publishers listen to their community even though Microsoft did these consumer-friendly changes only after the huge backlash.
Anyway, Microsoft confirmed they are currently working to remove the Gold Live requirement for free-to-play games and we expect to see the change implemented in the coming weeks or months. It's hard to say when exactly since Microsoft did not offer additional details regarding this.