Bethesda "Pushing" to Allow Players Access to The Elder Scrolls Online Without a Gold Membership
Written Tuesday, August 27, 2013 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
“$500 for my X1, $10 for XBL Gold, $65 for the game, and $15 to play it...DAMN!!!”
The quote above is from a comment left by community member Adam Corela, responding to the news that Xbox One MMO The Elder Scrolls Online will feature microtransactions in addition to a subsciption. His general feeling was shared by much of our community.
As it stands you have to buy an Xbox One, subscribe to Xbox Live Gold and subscribe to the game itself for $14.99/£8.99 a month in order to play The Elder Scrolls Online, and then face the possibility of shelling out more on microtransactions.
According to marketing boss Peter Hines, Bethesda and ZeniMax have been pushing Microsoft to remove the Xbox Live Gold requirement.
“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.
“Having said that, 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.”