The Elder Scrolls Online Is Ditching Subscriptions

The Elder Scrolls Online will get a little cheaper this year, with Bethesda removing the subscription fee in preparation for the console release on PS4 and Xbox One this June.

This move has been expected for a long time now, as the online Elder Scrolls game failed to make much of a splash when it was released for PCs last year. Very few MMORPGs have been able to sustain momentum with monthly fees, outside of Blizzard's monumental World of Warcraft and the recently-re-released Final Fantasy XIV. And over the past few weeks, various rumours and signs have pointed to a move like this.

Now, it's official: Bethesda is re-releasing the game as "Tamriel Unlimited", a version without subscription fees that will go live on March 17 for PC/Mac and on June 9 for PS4/Xbox One.

Says Bethesda:

Beginning June 9th, you can join your friends on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to play The Elder Scrolls Online — Tamriel Unlimited… with no game subscription fees!

Tamriel Unlimited is arriving on PC/Mac, too — beginning on Tuesday, March 17th. To celebrate the announcement, we've released The Confrontation, the final chapter in our thrilling series of cinematic trailers. Watch the stunning conclusion and get ready for Tamriel Unlimited!

Of course, there will also be a premium option and microtransactions, as detailed on the PlayStation Blog today:

Tamriel Unlimited also debuts ESO's new optional membership package, ESO Plus. With this premium membership service, players will be granted free access to all of the game's DLC game packs; bonuses to XP, gold, and crafting; and a monthly allotment of Crowns to purchase items from the Crown Store. What's the Crown Store, you ask? This is an all-new merchant store to ESO full of optional cosmetic and convenience items you can purchase for Crowns, a new currency allowing you to buy content directly from PlayStation Store. You'll be able to fully enjoy ESO without being a member, but we think you'll really enjoy the benefits if you have fun playing the game.

Those that don't enroll in ESO Plus can still expect free patches that implement fixes and other improvements along with optional DLC offerings you can purchase to add more adventures to the already-enormous game.


    I would say about time, but it's not happening for another 2 months?

    Regardless, I'll be giving it a whirl.

      As will I.
      Not sure when that will happen after it comes out.
      But will definitely have to give it a try on the PS4 that is for sure.

    At launch it was quite boring, later on they added a patch which made the graphics a lot brighter/colourful. It may seem like a little thing, but it was enough to get me through 2/3 zones. It's very elder scrollsy, just not very mmo-y. The dungeons and pvp of course is though.

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      Geez. From my experience it was the other way around. Very MMO'y, not very Elder Scrollsy.

      Shit-tonnes of randoms bunny-hopping around, ninjaing your <2min-respawn mobs, MMO-mob-style fights that have to last at least one minute, heavily class-restricted skill trees, nerfed-to-fuck stealth that doesn't allow for one-shot kills, utterly arbitrary assignment of lootable containers (yes, you can loot this bag, but not this one. Don't ask why), and archery (the ONLY way to fight in TES games) was a complete fucking lag-affected tab-targeting auto-attack bullshit mess.

      That's all MMO, no Elder Scrolls, and it was a huge turn-off for me.

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        "What do people love about TES? Who cares, let's just slap some elves and cat-people on an mmo!"

    Cool, any word on if this will require a Plus or Gold subscription?

    I know FFXIV runs without it, stopping you having to pay two subscriptions.

    Will, have a look into it. My problem with subscriptions is that I have trouble finding the time to commit to games at times, so I don't feel like I get my money's worth.

    That model seems to be inching way too close to the 'pay to not wait' model with all that talk of xp buffs and 'convenience items'. We will see.

    I used to be a subscription MMO........ Till i took an arrow to the knee

    So is this also not requiring a boxed copy given that they seem to have removed them? If so what about those with collectors editions or having prior purchased a box copy?
    I wonder if they will be doing it like other games that have gone f2p where as if you were a previous subscriber you get preferred access.

    I wish the cinematics were closer to the actual game, after killing the necromancer and opening the doors he finds multiple dead corpses of the elf boss on the ground. After waiting 5 minutes the elf will resurrect at which point the warrior will kill him in about 3 hits then will loot his body for 1 gold piece.

    I actually think this was the plan all along.

    Launch on PC with subscription for a year or so while they finalise development of console versions. Any issues can be picked up and fixed. Then launch on console without subscription and clean up in a second round of sales.

    I will always believe that this was the conversation had in a dark corner in Bethesda.

    I like the idea, those willing to pay a subscription get the 10% bonuses plus DLC, those who just want to play occasionally can do so, they won't progress as fast but at least can join groups with other casual players and not get bullied by the hard core ones. I will continue to pay the sub although I don't play it religiously every day.

    Good - same model DDO has had since 2009. I bought ESO but didn't like it enough to subscribe so I felt like I had wasted my money. This at least gives me a chance to visit once and a while to at least have a look.

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