You heard it right. Minecraft has introduced its own free to play multiplayer version known as Minecraft Classic. You can head to this link to play.
How to play Multiplayer
To play multiplayer share the link displayed at start of the game to your friends. You can add maximum 9 friends. If you will use expired or damaged link, Game won’t run because Hash is different every time you restart the game.
Note: You will need a keyboard and mice to play