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Xbox Live Gold subscribers were excited about a potential new perk, but their celebration proved premature

Redditors and bloggers at sites such as Kotaku and Eurogamer grew excited earlier this week when Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) appeared to be testing a feature for the Xbox One's Live marketplace similar to STEAM's "FREE Weekend" iniative, which allows gamers to play a top game title for an entire weekend, then buy it at substantial discount.

For some Gold tier Xbox Live subscribers a tile appeared under the "Games With Gold" category seemingly touted the new promotion dubbed "Free Play Day With Gold".  The tile allowed some to download and play a shareware trial of Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, a fantasy action-puzzle genre game from indie developer Press Play.

But Microsoft broke the bad news to its fans on Thursday, writing:

A promotional tile for 'Max: Curse of the Brotherhood' was posted briefly on the US dash in error yesterday. We apologize for any inconvenience. We're constantly exploring different ways to offer more benefits to our Xbox Live Gold members and will keep them updated when special offers become available.

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While Microsoft isn't making any promises or announcements at this tme, gamers who were excited about the new perk shouldn't lose all hope.  While it's possible it's merely a developer mistake or some other bizarre error, that seems unlikely as the title suggests a clear promotion branding.

Gold gamers can wait and hope Microsoft does roll out this program -- next time, officially.  In the meantime they can enjoy the other perks that the roughly ~$4 USD/month subscription confers, including 50-75 percent discounts on select titles and two free game downloads a month.

Sources: Microsoft, via Kotaku

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We will have no good ideas here at Microsoft.
By tayb on 8/22/2014 4:24:58 PM , Rating: 5
Corporate policy. No good ideas allowed. If you have a good idea, take that crap to a competitor!

Seriously though, that seems to be their policy in the Console division at the very least.

By inighthawki on 8/22/2014 5:40:30 PM , Rating: 5
I feel the need to point out that nowhere in the article did they state that it's not going to happen...

RE: We will have no good ideas here at Microsoft.
By tayb on 8/22/2014 7:10:08 PM , Rating: 3
It's just more of their disaster PR. If they were considering this feature they should say "This was an accident but it is a feature we are discussing internally." Instead they treat it like they are politicians trying to quell a rumor.

By Belegost on 8/22/2014 7:17:21 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously. If they are planning this feature, then they should have used this opportunity to announce it, even if it's earlier than planned. Cat's out of the bag, might as well make the best of it.

If they're not planning this feature (in which case how did this happen?) they should have said nothing, taken a measure of how much interest there was around it, and then used that to circulate the idea with publishers/management and get the feature put on the plan board.

By inighthawki on 8/22/2014 7:42:07 PM , Rating: 5
As a large business, it is in your best interest to not comment on rumored features. It tends to explode in your face when even the slightest detail changes. People over-interpret things, and suddenly "we're discussing it" turns into one person saying "BUT YOU PROMISED" and ten thousand people who can't read all quoting that guy because they won't read the original source article. A feature that was never planned to hit retail is now generating negative press over how "<Large company> backs off promise to deliver feature"

This sort of thing happens all the time.

error or not?
By MadMan007 on 8/23/2014 12:35:29 AM , Rating: 2
Sometimes I suspect that 'mistakes' like this are completely intentional stealth market trials. What better way to test something out than not announce it, throw it out there to see the user and media response, then gauge the response?

RE: error or not?
By Solandri on 8/24/2014 12:55:19 AM , Rating: 2
"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer

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