Elder Scrolls Online: Bethesda wants online play without Xbox Gold or PS Plus

Subscription-based MMO will have two subscription barriers

Bethesda wants users of The Elder Scrolls Online on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to have access to the game without an Xbox Gold or PS Plus subscription.

With both Sony and Microsoft's next-gen consoles requiring a fee for online play, Bethesda is hoping its MMO will be playable without the need for Xbox Gold or PlayStation Plus.

Under current conditions, The Elder Scrolls Online will require two subscription fees on consoles: one paid to either Sony or Microsoft to access online play, and another paid to ZeniMax / Bethesda to access the game itself.


Lead gameplay designer Nick Konkle and Bethesda Softworks marketing manager Peter Hines addressed the predicament with OXM, confirming that ZeniMax and Bethesda have discussed the situation with Microsoft.

"We have been in talks with Microsoft about that very thing, and seeing whether or not there's any room to change their minds about that, for folks who are only playing The Elder Scrolls Online and don't want to pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription, just to pay for the Elder Scrolls Online.

"The answer right now is that's the way it works, but it's something that we're aware of and we keep pushing on, to see if there's something that can be done."

Meanwhile, a Bethesda spokesperson has confirmed with USgamer that the same situation applies with the PlayStation 4's Plus service, though first party MMOs including DC Universe Online will not require a PlayStation Plus subscription.

The Elder Scrolls Online game director Matt Firor last week confirmed the MMO will incur a monthly fee.

"Charging a flat monthly (or subscription) fee means that we will offer players the game we set out to make, and the one that fans want to play. Going with any other model meant that we would have to make sacrifices and changes we weren't willing to make," Firor said.

The Elder Scrolls Online will launch in 2014 for PC, Mac, Xbox One and PS4.