22 Apr 2021 11:56 AM +00:00

Do You Need Xbox Live To Play Call of Duty: Warzone?

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Warzone, the free-to-play Call of Duty battle royale game, is a certified hit and it doesn't look like it's slowing down as we head into Season Three. However, do you need Xbox Live Gold to play it?

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Good news, everyone! Microsoft has recently announced that Free-to-Play games on Xbox consoles won't need an active Xbox Live Gold or Game Pass Ultimate subscription to play!

This is something PlayStation has been doing for a while now, but it's an important step in making free titles truly free to play for anyone. You can check out the announcement below.


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Do You Need Xbox Live?

At the moment, yes.

An active Xbox Live subscription is currently required to play any online multiplayer title, free-to-play titles like Warzone included.

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Recently, Xbox made the announcement that they were going to increase the price of their Xbox Live service.

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However, following an intense backlash, they retracted their statement and offered the following tweet:


This means that eventually free-to-play games and Warzone will be available regardless of whether you have an active subscription or not.

However, that isn't ready quite yet.

You Do Need An Xbox Account Either Way

Thankfully, this is not the end of the world and the console itself prompts users to make/add a Microsoft account to the console.

Warzone Xbox Live Ghost Operator
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Why do you need one though?


Well, in order to "Purchase" and download Warzone you need to add it to your account's library.

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Warzone is an exclusively online title and you'll still need to have an Xbox Live account even without an active subscription.

If you don't have a Microsoft/Xbox account, you can Create An Account here.