Elder Scrolls Online will be on PC as well as next-gen consoles, but who wants to pay two fees for one game? Seeing as how this is a pretty lame idea, Bethesda is pushing Microsoft to drop their Gold subscription fee for Elder Scrolls Online on Xbox One.
See, ZeniMax Online and Bethesda want to keep the game alive with plenty of content updates. As ZeniMax Online's Paul Sage notes, "The more frequently you update, the more the players like it. Players are more engaged. I think it is an issue of trust in a lot of ways. They know there is going to be a lot of new content coming in."
But the devs are now trying to figure out how to give non-Gold subscribers all the same goodies everyone else gets. While Bethesda's Peter Hines acknowledges that the Gold subscription provides a service for all games (not just one) and other benefits, they're hoping to get Microsoft to make an exception with The Elder Scrolls Online.
Here's what Hines had to say on the matter:
"[W]e 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. We'll let you know if there's movement there."
Hey, stranger things have happened. Don't think you'll be safe from the double fees by getting this game on PlayStation 4, however, where you'll have the monthly TESO fee in addition to the PSN subscription fee. No word yet on whether that might be waived.
Bethesda and ZeniMax confirmed last week that Elder Scrolls Online would require a $15 monthly fee. Well, at least that's the only fee if you're playing on PC.