The Elder Scrolls Online won't require PlayStation Plus

Upcoming Elder Scrolls MMO will just require its monthly subscription for access.

Upcoming MMO The Elder Scrolls Online will not require a PlayStation Plus subscription, ZeniMax Online Studios has said.

"A PlayStation Plus membership is not required to play The Elder Scrolls Online," game director Matt Firor said on the PlayStation Blog. "PS4 players will only be required to pay the same monthly subscription associated with The Elder Scrolls Online that PC and Mac users will pay--nothing more."

PlayStation Plus, which costs $49.99 a year, is normally required for PlayStation 4 owners to play online games. Bethesda has also said it is "pushing" Microsoft to remove the need for Xbox One owners to have Xbox Live Gold accounts for the game.

A retail copy of The Elder Scrolls Online comes with a 30-day subscription to the MMO, but players are then required to spend $14.99 (€12.99/£8.99) a month to keep playing.

Does the lack of a PlayStation Plus requirement make you more tempted to pick up the game?

The Elder Scrolls Online launches for PC and Mac in April, with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions coming later in the year.

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soblunt421
soblunt421

SUB FEE IS BULLSH*T FOR CONSOLE GAMERS. Paying for: New console this year, Playstation plus subscription (Its no bonus ESO isn't requiring it for their game EVERYONE WITH A PS4 ALREADY HAS PS+) Internet, the game itself, and another sub fee? BS! DESTINY isn't requiring a sub fee and that pretty much says it all. if you haven't heard about destiny, look it up. game takes place on 7 planets online for F**K sake and they aren't charging subscriptions.

arthurhawker
arthurhawker

12+ game so fair enough not everyone will be able to afford the subscription but I'm not long out of college 21 years old and £108/$180 is roughly just under 1/5 of my weekly wages there are a lot of people on higher wages than me and a lot on lower but personally I think its very affordable, plus its monthly that's roughly £2.25/$3.75 a week if you can't afford that at whatever wages you are on then i feel sorry for you because you must be sleeping on a bench in a bus station at night, when I was in school I was getting £5 pocket money a week which was a lot lower than any of my friends and I admit back then sweets was more important but are sweets priorities? No but neither are games :P the point is I could have paid for it no problem at 12.


Think what you want but if you are getting any sort of income at all whether it's pocket money, govermental benefits such as jobseeking allowance or disability allowance or even if you have a job you can afford £2.25/$3.75 a week.

coatesyman
coatesyman

why should Elder scrolls get a free pass so to speak, if gold is not required for this game what's stopping any other game from not requiring gold, what because the game developer have decided to charge a monthly fee in order to play the game, the game you have already paid for, MS are greedy, if the developer doesn't what gold as a requirement why don't elder scrolls knock $5 off their abysmal $15 a month subscription for Xbox players.   

tylerallen86
tylerallen86

I'm 100% ok with the fee! Free to play games are horrible! Over populated. Filled with WAY to many 12-16 year olds. I'm sorry but I work and I go to school full time. Add in time for my girlfriend and My game time is limited. 15$ is not a lot. Though i do manage my money. I do balance my bills and I don't live paycheck to paycheck. Idk try not smoking everyday. pick up and extra shift at work! This game is not for the people who live at home with mommy/daddy/grandma! Its for adults who grew up on RPGs and have always imagined how a mmorpg would be like if done right! I'm not talking about that kiddy wow or gw2 (played and beta tested for both)(games developed for 16yos). As a beta tester of ESO i can tell you this is the real deal! Every beta gets better. Performance and graphic wise. Voices of the NPCs... More fluid combat. Everything! First person fighting is amazing! I use a key mapper so I can use a ps3 controller while playing and its a dream. Tried that with gw2 and it just didn't work. No mouses on screen here. True crosshairs. just like a non turned based game should be! I can only imagine how the ps4 will be. (one of the only reasons i'm buying the console btw) They will share ESO accounts. So if you pay for the mac/pc client then you'll be good on ps4/xbox! (no word yet if characters will be cloud based so you can load on either).


All I have to say is "quality over quantity"

Aryck1095
Aryck1095

I'd be interested in this game if it weren't for the monthly subscription fee. Paying $60 bucks a year for Xbox Live to play dozens of games? No big deal. Paying $15 bucks a month ($180 dollars a year) to play one game? Uh-uh, can't do it.

thekorican
thekorican

It will go F2P in a few monthst.  No one is paying for subs anymore it's a way of the past.

dukester1969
dukester1969

Looks like I will be playing the single player version only !!!!  That's crazy to spend a monthly fee on top of the original cost of the game !!!!  obviously they haven't been doing their research.......More players every day are dropping mmo games with a monthly fee!!  Going to cost them in the long run !

DomZeal
DomZeal

But PS Plus is actually a good deal.

blackace
blackace

I won't be playing this. The days of $15 a month to play MMORPG are over. If it was $5 a month or less, I'd probably give it a shot for a year and then decide if I would continue or not. $15 a month = $180 a year on one game. Screw that!! These crazy fees are one of the reasons why I left WoW & EQ2. These developers will learn quickly that monthly fees are a No-No to most gamers now.

Pilgrim117
Pilgrim117

Why must we buy the game 60$  is we have to pay for a subscription? I really don't understand. 15$ is really too much for playing that sort of game.

BFKZ
BFKZ

I'll pass coz I cant afford a subscription fee tbh.

Sprock26
Sprock26

Ive played WoW and didnt think the supscription was too much. The game was sweeped for bugs weekly, rare chrashes and a GM was available to you if you had any problems with the game. Many of my friends said that it was too expensive, which i replied then go play you games which crash all the time, has bugs where your favorite weapon suddenly is missing etc. 


I plan on buying a PS4 and this game, because i loved Skyrim and iam looking forward to seeing how they implement the online part of Tamriel. And my friends which didnt play WoW because they only play on consoles can now quest with me! 

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

if you don't wanna pay monthly or yearly for the game you don't have to. just pay for 30 days when you fancy playing for a month (30 day time card), then do it again another month when you fancy playing again. The thing you are all forgetting is dlc costs more than 12 dollars on a majority of titles, and you only get dlc every 3 or 4 months. With eso you get dlc every 4 - 6 weeks for free, the sub is worth every penny compared to other paid mmo's like wow.

fillup0
fillup0

I wouldn't consider this game if it had a GW2 style business model. The beta was a COLOSSAL disappointment,

skinnyassgamer
skinnyassgamer

well considering my Subscription expires after 3 months i will probably get this game over Watch Dogs and pay just for the MMO monthly which i believe is stupid to pay 14.99 for the MMO i think it ahould at least be 10.00 monthly as it says up their but more. or make the price from 60 to 30 or 40 dollars. but i will pick it up for the PS4 and play it non stop and once i get enough dough i will then get Watch Dogs and a PS Plus 3 Month Subscription again i cant afford all of them at once sadly :( 

legatelanissius
legatelanissius

I have no doubt it will be a great game, but the launch will be crap, the servers will crash like crazy, bugs galore, stuff will go missing and by the time they iron everything out, they'll see how many people have been deterred by the subscription fee and make it free-to-play with micro-transactions. Might as well just wait or play Skyrim. 

cofeebogart
cofeebogart

$14.99  monthly, WHAT?????!!!! That's 180 $ per year for one single game, no thanks, i'll pass and buy Watch Dogs, The Witcher 3 and The Division for that much.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

Played the closed beta test a couple weeks back. The game is pretty much multiplayer skyrim with some minor changes.

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

Never played a subscription based game, don't plan on starting with this one.

HipHopBeats
HipHopBeats

Sony should drop the mandatory online fee to and keep it like it is on PS3. Honestly, this game looks like crap. I'm more interested in seeing a Fallout 4 or TES VI.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

That's cool. If I actually DO play this I know I'm going PS4.

mobiusonel
mobiusonel

@tylerallen86  You " manage your money "? and your willing to pay over 180$ a year for just one video game?.........Ha...right..  

jaredlemonsauce
jaredlemonsauce

@tylerallen86 15 dollars is still way to much. do you realize how many true elder scrolls fans are straying from this series because of the cost per month. its a terrible idea to have it be that expensive. ive been a dedicated fan for a long time to Bethesda but im done with them if they dont change money per month. i know a hell of a lot of people that feel the same as i do. p.s it will keep little kids off but also a lot of people who would love to play it but now cant. 

Sprock26
Sprock26

@tylerallen86 You said it just right dude! With this fee we wont see the children and or ppl who just want to try and then f..ks up for everyone. Ive been dreaming of a elder scrolls MMO for many years and $15 isnt that much, not where i live anyway. 

end_of_ages
end_of_ages

@Sprock26 I understand why you would want to try it out, but it's your kind who will buy this crap and culminate the future of subscription based MMO's/games on console. It's not about the game dude it's the principle.

jimbo1525
jimbo1525

@Aaronp2k I don't do paid monthly games period. And dlc I only buy certain ones on good games. Don't do every dlc for the game to waste money on crap. Paid MMO's those days are over. They need to drop the monthly fee if they want people to buy the game.

islesofurth
islesofurth

@Aaronp2kand everyone buys ALL the DLC dont they Aaron. I mean we ALL just LOVE to spend so much on an extra 1hour of game play or for a sword that you will only use for 1 boss and only because you cant be fkd finding that chest with the sword thats even better.

HapiJoel
HapiJoel

@legatelanissius Yeah, after seeing how GTA Online was after launch I'll definitely be waiting a few months to see how this pans out...

Andyf1ghter
Andyf1ghter

@cofeebogart 

Everyone  keeps bringing up what it would cost for a year, but who plays the same game for a whole year? 

Don't get me wrong, I realize that some people must do, but personally I get bored of most games within a couple of months. 

Do you expect to still be playing The Witcher 3, Watch Dogs or The Division a year after getting them?

islesofurth
islesofurth

@randomkidlol@Aaronp2k @darkrayneI would hope that it plays more like a multiplayer Skyrim than whats expected of an MMO. A multiplayer Skyrim would actually be good if done right. But with the limitations of classes and other MMO generals such as its payment plan. It seems it will be just another MONEY GRABBING PIECE OF CRAP and nothing for the game industry to truly be proud of.

darkrayne
darkrayne

@randomkidlol I disagree with you completely. It's nothing like a multiplayer Skyrim.. but, it's a solid MMO and I'm definitely buying it.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@randomkidlol good to see someone agrees with me. A lot of people have criticised it and forget it is only in beta and not done yet.

MikeLirette
MikeLirette

@HipHopBeats That's not Sony's choice. They want money, they have to play by the same rules. At least you get a better service.

Andyf1ghter
Andyf1ghter

@HipHopBeats 

You're paying for a much improved online service. That's what I prefer.

The PS3 was relatively poor online.

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

@HipHopBeats I agree.  Then they can fall even further behind Microsoft in the online department.

islesofurth
islesofurth

@VenkmanPHDNot like it would be any difference than on PC, actually it would. Considering that PC is the original and main platform for all Elderscrolls games, it would be the first to have updates and fixes & also have the highest potential in performance and play customization.


But then im sure you read that you dont need to pay the $49.99 a year. Of course that isn't going to cover other games, so unless you own a PS4 for nothing online and dont hope or intend....Enough said.

Sprock26
Sprock26

@end_of_ages @Sprock26 Hahahah, my kind!? First of all i dont want to try it out, ive been dreaming of a elder scrolls MMO since ive first began Oblivion on PS3. Second ppl say that $15 is alot, well you obviously dont live in Denmark like i do. For $15 you cant even buy a case of beers, thats like 2 packs of cigarettes, so $15 isnt that much. And dont give me wrong iam not a rich person, far from it, but even i can afford $15 a month to play a game ive dreamed about for several years. 

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@Andyf1ghter @cofeebogart exactly man. people forget bethesda are going to be releasing new content every 4 - 6 weeks (free with every subscription) so there will always be something new to do in the game. It will keep getting better and better.

edward_dorsey17
edward_dorsey17

Its cool, we'll at least my family is wealthy. $15 isn't a lot but I don't want to be wasting over a hundred dollars a year. Do you know what I mean?

islesofurth
islesofurth

@Aaronp2k "new content" is just a fancy way to say Update. If they change the stats even the slightest during the patch, its still going to be "New Content". League of Legends has this on a weekly basis sometimes more.

If your gloating that your actually paying for a company to update the game you have already payed for, something is wrong with you dude

Andyf1ghter
Andyf1ghter

@darkrayne

You're nit-picking a little there.

'Free with a subscription' is actually accurate. It doesn't suggest for a second that the subscription is free. Just that you do not pay anything extra for the new content.


Andyf1ghter
Andyf1ghter

@Aaronp2k 

If they release enough content and the game's diverse enough to keep me playing after one year, I'd consider it well worth the money.

I'm looking forward to it. Some people seem to forget that they're paying to play with hundreds of players on megaservers.  The game would have been dull if it was just 16 players.

Biohazard4801
Biohazard4801

@Aaronp2k @Andyf1ghter @HipHopBeats yeah but on PS4, if you have multiple people playing on it, do they each need to pay for PS+?

On Xbox (just the One), you just need one account that has Xbox Live and that's it, everyone on that console has Xbox Live.