The Elder Scrolls Online will have include a $15 a month subscription fee when it is released next year for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. However, the Xbox One stands out as it already requires users to pay a $60 a year (or less) Xbox LIVE Gold subscription fee to play online. Bethesda Softworks Vice President of Marketing Pete Hines revealed in an interview released Tuesday that the company is trying to get Microsoft to make an exception for the MMORPG.
"We feel like most people such as yourself currently pay that subscription not to pay a game, but to play all games online," Hines told OXM while discussing the possibility of The Elder Scrolls Online not requiring an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription.
"So in that sense, when I'm playing Call of Duty online I don't feel like I'm paying my monthly Xbox Live sub for Call of Duty - I'm just paying it because that's a thing that I do, and whatever game I'm playing at the time is the one that benefits.
"Having said that," he went on, "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 paying The Elder Scrolls Online and don't want to pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription, just to pay 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."
Sony is requiring a Playstation Plus subscription for online multiplayer on the PS4 but it is leaving publishers of MMOs and free-to-play titles the option of whether to put their games behind the paywall or not. For Microsoft, everything from entertainment apps to games is behind the LIVE Gold paywall but that has not always been the case. Final Fantasy XI Online only required a free LIVE Silver account when it launched but still remains a very rare exception.