We recently learned that The Elder Scrolls Online will support a traditional monthly subscription model and microtransactions, which is going to be another expense on top of Xbox Live Gold fees. Bethesda are apparently lobbying Microsoft to make their MMO playable on Xbox One regardless of your membership tier.
Bethesda marketing man Pete Hines discussed the issue with OXM, suggesting that TESO shouldn't be gated behind yet another pay wall. “We feel like most people such as yourself currently pay that subscription not to pay a game, but to play all games online," he said. "So in that sense, when I’m playing Call of Duty online I don’t feel like I’m paying my monthly Xbox Live sub for Call of Duty – I’m just paying it because that’s a thing that I do, and whatever game I’m playing at the time is the one that benefits.
“Having said that, 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 paying The Elder Scrolls Online and don’t want to pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription, just to pay 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. We’ll let you know if there’s movement there.”
We hope that Bethesda will be successful, but the big question remains: can The Elder Scrolls Online earn its monthly £8.99? It's out next year on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.