Until very recently it was impossible to play online i free to play on Xbox without an active subscription a Xbox Live Gold. According to the documents published on the occasion of the trial between Epic and Apple, it seems that among the objectives of Tim Sweeney there was the removal of this limit on the Microsoft platform.
Here is the partial content of an email that Sweeney sent to Phil Spencer last 5 august 2020:
“Some time ago we discussed in an optimistic way about the possibilities of bringing free access to multiplayer games on Xbox. In the event that this happens, please consider the opportunity to coincide the launch of this feature with that of the Season. Fortnite 14, scheduled for August 27. This appointment will follow the Fortnite microtransaction price cut that will arrive in mid-August and will be the game’s biggest update thanks to a collaboration with Disney and Marvel. “
In the message, sent just a few days before the removal of the battle royale from the App Store, therefore, Epic’s desire to allow all owners of an Xbox console to play Fortnite freely emerges. The same email also talks about the future fight at Apple, with Sweeney promising Spencer to highlight the console version of the game over the smartphone version. Some of the messages also talk about the possibility of bringing xCloud to other consoles, although in this case there are no specific details.
It is not clear whether or not this exchange of statements influenced the future decisions of the boss of the Microsoft gaming division, but just a few days ago the possibility of playing free to play on Xbox without Live Gold was implemented.