A new season has dropped in the free-to-play Warzone battle royale, but some players are reporting that they can’t play without an Xbox Live Gold subscription.
As reported in our live blog for Warzone Season 3, Twitter users started recording the issue and were pretty ticked off about it. Not only is Call of Duty: Warzone free to play, but Microsoft rolled out an Xbox Live Gold policy change to ensure that f2p titles wouldn’t require a paid subscription for their online multiplayer.
So, the sudden requirement for a paid subscription has rightly got gamers up in arms.
The new #Warzone update broke my game. I haven’t had Xbox Live Gold or any subscription for months now and was able to play free games including #Warzone. Microsoft instituted this policy last year. @InfinityWard please fix 🙏 pic.twitter.com/gXmhlf0PVnApril 27, 2022
“The new Warzone update broke my game,” one player lamented, posting a screenshot showing the issue.
“I haven’t had Xbox Live Gold or any subscription for months now and have been able to play free games including Warzone. Microsoft instituted this policy last year. Please correct.”
A number of other users are experiencing the same issue, but at the time of writing, neither the developers nor the publisher have acknowledged or responded to the complaints.
This is not the first time this has happened; Late last year, an update to Warzone rolled out that did the exact same thing. the @charlieINTEL The Twitter account noted the error at the time, tweeting:
“For Xbox players who receive a ‘Network Service Failed’ alert when trying to play Warzone, it looks like the overnight update has made Xbox Live Gold a requirement to play Warzone again. , even though free games no longer require it on Xbox.”
It was obviously fixed, but it’s not ideal to force players to deal with it again. This is one of the few issues that appeared when the update went live. It’s frustrating that there’s no official answer or idea of when this will be fixed.
Raven Software is already facing a “corrupted loading data” error that some players have encountered. This mentioned he would tweet an update when it was resolved, but there has been nothing since. Undoubtedly, this issue will eventually be resolved, but it must be annoying for fans who resisted the giant update, ranked play not working, error messages, and now this.