Bethesda Asks Microsoft to Drop Xbox Live Gold Fee For Elder Scrolls Online.
Bethesda has stated that they have been “pushing” Microsoft to drop the requirement that players of The Elder Scrolls Online pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription. The game will already have a $15 a month subscription fee. Console players would need to pay this in addition to the fees for their Xbox Live Gold or Playstation Plus membership.
Pete Hines, Bethesda’s vice president of public relations and marketing, spoke to OXM about the issue. He noted that the usual fees associated with Xbox Live Gold (slightly more than $4 a month) pay for standard use fees that are not associated with any specific game.
We feel like most people such as yourself currently pay that subscription not to pay a game, but to play all games online.
Continuing, he said that people playing games like Call of Duty probably don’t feel like they are paying a monthly subscription for just Call of Duty since that is simply what they do and any game benefits from it. He went on to say that Bethesda has been talking to Microsoft on making ESO an exception.
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 playing The Elder Scrolls Online and don’t want to pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription, just to pay for the Elder Scrolls Online.
Hines finished by saying that it seems that there is no way around the Xbox Live fee right now, though “it’s something that we’re aware of and we keep pushing on, to see if there’s something that can be done.”