Bethesda Pushing MS To Remove XBL Gold Requirement for TESO
Bethesda is pushing Microsoft to allow players to play The Elder Scrolls Online on the Xbox One for players without a subscription to Xbox Live Gold. As The Elder Scrolls Online uses a subscription model, Bethesda’s Pete Hines revealed that the company is actively soliciting Microsoft to remove the Xbox Live Gold requirement for players who just want to play the MMO on the console.
“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,” said Hines in an interview with the Official Xbox Magazine.
He continued, “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.”
The game is currently slated to cost $14.99 a month, and requires an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus subscription fee for players looking to play on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, respectively.