A representative for Microsoft has exclusively confirmed to Joystiq
today that the Family Gold Membership Pack for Xbox LIVE is no longer available to purchase. The special membership bundle had been created in November 2010 to allow families to buy four annual Xbox LIVE Gold subscriptions in a single transaction, for a reduced overall cost of $99.99.
Microsoft's spokesperson gave the following explanation on the company's latest business decision:
The Family Gold offer is no longer available for purchase... The Family Center experience with settings management, allowance granting, child activity reports and family subscriptions management are still available for current Family Gold members at this time... We continually evaluate our business focus and work to offer services that make the most sense for our customers and Xbox
As yet, Microsoft has not given any details about what the future holds for the "settings management, allowance granting, child activity reports and family subscriptions management" options that were linked to this method of subscription and the Family Center. However, the wording of Microsoft's statement suggests that those safety features will also gradually cease to exist.