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Bethesda "Pushing" Microsoft To Let Xbox Live Silver Members Play The Elder Scrolls Online

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Jonathan Lester
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Bethesda "Pushing" Microsoft To Let Xbox Live Silver Members Play The Elder Scrolls Online

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.

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Tsung  Aug. 27, 2013 at 14:36

Good luck, I think their chances of getting this change are close to Zero. I cannot see the benefit to Microsoft at all; infact all I see is negatives. With Sony also now charging for online play on the PS4 there seems little reason to be different.

Plus if they allowed it, who would be next? EA with Fifa? or maybe COD? or BF?. You can't say no not possible to everybody else if you make an exception for the Elder Scrolls.

I suspect the best they will get is a code for 3 months gold membership with the game.

phil16  Aug. 27, 2013 at 15:20

Hahaha - Good joke. Microsoft wouldn't even let iplayer be free on the 360 so what chance does a game have...

ODB_69  Aug. 27, 2013 at 15:31

so does this mean its free to play on PS4 (bar the sub)? Or is it just somebody else trying to jump on the MS hate bandwagon?

Av5ingh  Aug. 27, 2013 at 15:50

so does this mean its free to play on PS4 (bar the sub)? Or is it just somebody else trying to jump on the MS hate bandwagon?


You wouldnt need a PS+ subscription to play this afaik, same as other MMO's eg DCUO

ODB_69  Aug. 28, 2013 at 01:59

so does this mean its free to play on PS4 (bar the sub)? Or is it just somebody else trying to jump on the MS hate bandwagon?


You wouldnt need a PS+ subscription to play this afaik, same as other MMO's eg DCUO


PS4 is going sub only for online though...

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