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.

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5 Comments on Bethesda Pushing MS To Remove XBL Gold Requirement for TESO


On August 28, 2013 at 11:09 am

lol this would be the only reason i would have to buy a console since i alwase been a PC user and i hate Suscription based games. but i wont since in the 1st place the game should not have been a MMORPG but more a full single player game with multiplayer options


On August 28, 2013 at 11:41 am

Does Microsoft really have any incentive to actually listen to them here?


On August 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm

IMO the problem isn’t that they made an ES based MMORPG. At least not in itself. Why its even a good thing if they try to introduce MMO fans to the series. The problem is that both the players and the developers will try to convince themselves that this is the next installment of the TES series. But the truth is that it’ll never be anything else than an MMO spin-off . It can’t be and never will be part of the main series.

Despite that most TES fans will see it as “Skyrim with multiplayer”. But thats totally wrong and when they realise it they’ll start ing on their forums on how “this isn’t like Skyrim” and “they’ll so cancell their subscriptions now” and blah blah blah. Yeah why did you expect anything else?

On the other hand when the number of players go down Bethesda who thought that they’ll never have to do another TES title, only lame updates will be convinced that the game failed because people don’t like TES anymore so they’ll never make another title again. Of course thats obviously wrong too. People only hate the lame MMO spin-off not the main series. Make TES 6 and it’ll be a hit like every other part of the series.


On August 28, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Thats not going to happen. First off, no one who owns a console will pay 14.99 a month for a game. The reason gamers buy consoles is because they pay the $60 bucks once and thats it. People are better off using there money to buy different game experiences on PSN or Live arcade. This MMO is not looking too good on any platform right now. Might I add who will trust playing this game on the PS4 with the fiasco we had playing Skyrim on PS3.


On August 28, 2013 at 7:56 pm


Actually it’s been a well known fact Bethesda has said they were working on a TES VI. Bethesda has nothing to do with TESO. You might not see TES VI until the end of 2014, or even mid to late 2015, but there’s no doubt they will be working on one. It’s a freaking cash cow with incredibly deep lore.

If they were worried about continuity, they would’ve ended the series after IV, as all the games surrounded the septim dynasty.

So don’t be silly, there will be an Elder Scrolls 6 no matter what Zenimax Online’s Elder Scrolls Online does.

And the hardcore base will know the difference and still eat it up. (Remember even the PC version sold 2.2 million. Most of those were hardcore Elder Scrolls guys who will give Bethesda their money.)