Bethesda wants ‘The Elder Scrolls Online’ without an Xbox Live Gold Subscription for Xbox One

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One of the more negative aspects of the Xbox 360 originally was with some MMO’s like Final Fantasy XI required you to pay a subscription fee on top of an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Now that we’re entering the next generation and Bethesda is releasing The Elder Scrolls Online, if it comes to Xbox One, will it require it?

Bethesda’s VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines recently spoke to OXM on the matter and they’ve been in talks with Microsoft. Unfortunately, the way Microsoft runs things with MMOs is still in place but Bethesda is pushing MS to be playable without an active Xbox Live Gold Subscription. Here’s Hines’ direct quote:

“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.”

Bethesda’s subscription model for The Elder Scrolls Online is set at $14.99 a month. Having to pay an additional $10 on top of that would be a huge bummer in addition to already buying the game itself. It’s still coming to the PlayStation 4 sometime next year.

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