Bethesda Wants Elder Scrolls Online to be Available To All
Posted by Ken Barnes
No paywall required, claims publisher.
Bethesda are hard at work on bringing The Elder Scrolls: Online to Xbox One, but are lobbying to get the game to be accessible to non-Xbox Live Gold subscribers.
The game is mooted to cost £8.99 a month to play - on top of various microtransactions that are available in-game - and the publisher feels that requiring customers to pay for an annual Xbox Live subscription on top of that could well be a bridge too far.
Speaking to OXM, Bethesda's head of marketing Peter Hines said that "We feel like most people such as yourself currently pay that subscription not to pay a game, but to play all games online. 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."
The company is currently in talks with Microsoft to bring the wall down just for this one game, but the platform holder is apparently sticking firm.
We'll bring you more as it develops.