A representative at Bethesda Softworks has clarified the cross-platform subscription fee structure for “The Elder Scrolls Online.” According to a report from Dual Shockers on April 13, the publisher was asked if a single subscription can be used across the PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions of the massively multiplayer online role-playing game. The spokesperson responded by saying that it won’t be possible.
Instead, players will need to have a separate account and subscription in order to play “The Elder Scrolls Online” on different platforms. The scenario is opposite to what Square Enix is currently doing with “Final Fantasy XIV: a Realm Reborn,” which uses one subscription across the PC, PS3 and PS4 platforms. Despite the competitive disadvantage, the Bethesda Softworks seemed to be sticking to their structure.
“The Elder Scrolls Online” has been criticized in the past for the subscription structure. After a 30-day free trial, players have to pay $14.99 a month to continue accessing the video game. Alternatively, they could also purchase a 90-day pass at $13.99 a month in addition to a 180-day pass for $12.99 a month. The fees may seem to be too expensive for the average consumer, especially when compared to other games in the genre that can be played for free.
“The Elder Scrolls Online” also requires the Xbox Live Gold subscription on the Xbox One. PS4 players won’t need to be a Playstation Plus member to play, however. You can find an image featuring the massively-multiplayer online role-playing game from the official Twitter page with the photo attached to the top of this article.
“The Elder Scrolls Online” came out first for the PC and Mac platforms on April 4. The PS4 and Xbox One versions are due to launch sometime later this summer in June. ZeniMax Online Studios developed the software product, which was published by the aforesaid Bethesda Softworks.