Zenimax Online's Elder Scrolls Online will be one of the few console MMOs when it launches in this summer. The game is slated to come to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 a few months after its April 4, 2014 release date on PC. Both consoles currently require subscription fees in order to access online content, with PlayStation Plus on PS4 and Xbox Live Gold on Xbox One.
In a post on the official PlayStation blog, Elder Scrolls Online director Matt Firor announced that players won't need PlayStation Plus in order to log into the game. Like DC Universe Online, ESO is exempt from the Plus subscription requirement, so players only have to pay for the game once. Zenimax Online parent company Bethesda later confirmed to Joystiq that Xbox Live Gold will still be required to play the game.
Previously, Bethesda Softworks marketing boss Peter Hines told the Official Xbox Magazine that the publisher was in talks with Microsoft to waive the Xbox Live Gold fee for ESO players.
"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," said Hines at the time. "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."
Obviously there was no movement there.
The game will cost $14.99 a month on PC, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4, but the Xbox One is the only platform that will have the additional fee. This may not be a huge problem for players, as many Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners have probably subscribed to those consoles' respective services for other games.
There is no clarification on whether the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 versions will share a single subscription. Another console MMO, Final Fantasy XIV, allows players to use a single subscription to play on either PC or PlayStation 3, but it does require a purchase of both versions. Zenimax has confirmed that unlike FFXIV, PlayStation 4 players will not share servers with PC players.