Earlier today, "Elder Scrolls Online" publisher Bethesda Softworks revealed that their massively multiplayer online (MMO) game will require a monthly subscription fee of $15 a month. Subscription fees for MMOs is nothing new, but the difference between MMOs on the PC and on consoles is that PC gamers only have to pay the subscription fee and not any online membership fees, as Xbox 360 and PlayStation Plus members can attest to.
Tech website Venture Beat followed up with Bethesda to get clarification regarding the pricing structure for "Elder Scrolls Online" on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms. Vice President of Public Relations Pete Hines confirmed that the subscription fee pricing will be in addition to the annual fees that are paid for Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus.
“[The Elder Scrolls Online] will require a subscription on all platforms,” Mr. Hines told Venture Beat. “As of now, yes, you need a PlayStation Network or Xbox Live subscription to play an online game. However, this is a topic we continue to discuss with Sony and Microsoft.”
So, besides the $59.99 for the actual game, if Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus members buy the game, they will have to pay annuals fees of $59.99 and $49.99 for each respective platform on top of the $15 monthly subscription. A new Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus subscriber is looking at potentially paying upfront costs of about $120 just to play the game.
There is no word that Bethesda will revisit this in the future, but Mr. Hines stated that Bethesda "will let the folks know" if anything changes.
Elder Scrolls Online is currently schedule for a 2014 release on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.