Elder Scrolls Online Will Require Xbox Live Gold

If you're looking to play Elder Scrolls Online on Xbox One, you'll have to pay for a sub fee and Xbox Live Gold.

News by Mike Williams, .

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.

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Comments 17

  • Avatar for metalangel #1 metalangel 4 years ago
    Almost everything on Xbox requires Gold... I think sending Pinatas was about the only multiplayery thing you could do without needing Gold.

    Want to use the Internet Explorer app? Gold.
    Want to use your local TV company's watch TV online app? Gold., which will still play ads at you? Gold.
    Even wanting to get into a party to chat requires Gold. You can only one-to-one chat (not video) without Gold.

    Suffice it to say, I don't have Gold any more.
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  • Avatar for Ohoni #2 Ohoni 4 years ago
    Bethesda should just eat it. Microsoft gets $4 per customer per month for Live, Bethesda should just charge the players $15, pocket eleven, pay Microsoft their 4, and everyone's happy. $11 per month is still more than GW2 needs to survive on.
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  • Avatar for timhuang99 #3 timhuang99 4 years ago
    "Zenimax has confirmed that unlike FFXIV, PlayStation 4 players will not share servers with PC players."

    This is an even bigger issue than the XBL fee imo. One of the best things about FF14 was the shared servers between PC and console players.
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  • Avatar for Blackcompany #4 Blackcompany 4 years ago
    And this is why I game on PC. Sure, it will cost you more up front. But what is the true cost of an XBOne? $400 for the console. $60 for Gold. $120 for your first two games. So...about $600 with tax.

    Spend that on a mid range gaming PC. Spend a couple of hundred more, and for around $800 you get yourself a core i5 machine that will run circles around the XBone. Not to mention that over the course of years you save boatloads buying your games in Steam sales and thru other online distributors.

    At this point its a no brainer. Everything is using PC architecture. Even the new consoles. PC's are just making better use of it.
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  • Avatar for brionfoulke91 #5 brionfoulke91 4 years ago
    No one should be surprised that Microsoft continues to screw over the customer at every turn. I'm amazed how many people were fooled when they pretended to learn their lesson before. If you bought an X-Bone, you should be surprised by stuff like this, and you better have deep pockets.
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  • Avatar for metalangel #6 metalangel 4 years ago
    @timhuang99 Microsoft are very fond of their walled garden, and anything that wants to talk to the greater world outside is very very carefully examined first.

    Plus, they probably don't want an Xbox gamer to meet a PC gamer in-game and hear about what stuff is like on the other side of the wall...
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  • Avatar for timhuang99 #7 timhuang99 4 years ago
    @metalangel if I'm not mistaken, FFXI had shared servers between PC, PS2 and Xbox 360 and the servers are still active today.

    That was years ago though, so MS have probably changed their policies now. Main reason why FF14 isn't on Xbox 360.
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  • Avatar for metalangel #8 metalangel 4 years ago
    @timhuang99 Indeed. I would have bought the 360 version of Minecraft in a second - if it was allowed to connect to the server I play on. But most servers run mods or admin tools like Bukkit, and that would worry MS even more. Players would also ask why they had to buy skin packs on 360 while the PC players just needed a paint program...
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  • Avatar for Beatrice1980 #9 Beatrice1980 4 years ago
    I am wondering if there are ppls who play and will buy eso gold from sites like
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  • Is good that they had an stress test in eso beta and gamers who played beta allready started to make free eso leveling guides on
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  • Avatar for dannyo'byrne57 #11 dannyo'byrne57 3 years ago
    ots a given that xbox one user will have gold seeing as you need online to use the damn thing so why do they have to pay to play online TWICE?! its a great idea if they want no xbox sales.....
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  • these are poor people problems. you guys need to go get a job and stop living with your parents like parasites :P
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  • Avatar for TrollswillbeTrolls #13 TrollswillbeTrolls 3 years ago
    You get what you pay for I quit Microsoft after paying for like 3 subscription for a few months found out I can just get a playstation and be happy.
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  • Avatar for khalidalghareeb92 #16 khalidalghareeb92 3 years ago
    I can't believe that you have to pay to play a game you already have to pay for that just sucks and why can't you buy once and not pay to play on elder scrolls online I mean seriously if they thing I will pay a monthly fee then they must be as dumb as a sack of nuts.
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  • Avatar for nicholasbesette87 #17 nicholasbesette87 3 years ago
    Is there some kind of patision we can sign to get them to change that
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