Elder Scrolls Online drops subscription fees, Xbox One and PS4 versions announced

The Elder Scrolls Online is re-launching kind of as a free-to-play MMORPG, although you'll still need to pay for the actual game itself in order to partake in the adventure.

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Bethesda Softworks is announcing the release date of its long-awaited entry into the MMORPG market, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, will see a worldwide release on June 9, 2015 for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

In addition to news of The Elder Scrolls Online’s actual release date later this year, Bethesda is also announcing those who pick up the game on consoles in June will not be required to pay a monthly game subscription for extended play. Instead, players will only need to make a one-time purchase of the game, which they can then enjoy hundreds of hours of content without the requirement of a monthly game subscription fee. This will also trickle over to the PC and Mac versions of The Elder Scrolls Online beginning March 17.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited will include all of the gameplay from the original PC and Mac game, but it’ll also include all of the updates and content additions, which includes the new Justice and Champion systems. All existing PC and Mac game accounts, whether they be opened or closed, will automatically be updated to the Tamriel Unlimited edition.

The Tamriel Unlimited version of The Elder Scrolls Online will be supported with a number of optional downloadable content that’s available for purchase as well as an in-game Crown Store that offers convenience and customization items. Outside of those optional pieces of content, Bethesda promises regular updates and new gameplay will be offered to all players, free of charge.

Those who wish to get a bit more out of The Elder Scrolls Online will be able to partake in ESO Plus, which allows players to pay a monthly fee for premium membership services. These services includes exclusive in-game bonuses, a monthly allotment of crowns to use in the Crown Store and access to all DLC game packs, so long as they continue to be a member. PC and Mac players that have an active subscription will automatically be enrolled in ESO Plus starting on March 17.

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    January 21, 2015 7:20 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Elder Scrolls Online goes free-to-play, Xbox One and PS4 versions announced

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      January 21, 2015 7:24 AM

      Fuck yes.

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      January 21, 2015 7:31 AM

      I'm down with this. I bought it at launch and will happily play again now that there's no fee.

      I wonder how the console versions will turn out. I feel like the game would play very well on a controller.

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      January 21, 2015 7:31 AM

      Will be really interesting to see how the console versions of this do. The only "traditional" MMO that exists on consoles (that I can think of at least) is FFXIV, and that only exists on PS4 and it doesn't split the consumer base between platforms at all.

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      January 21, 2015 7:38 AM

      Now, if only a certain Star Wars MMO would consider shedding it's garbage F2P model...

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        January 21, 2015 7:47 AM

        Hah fat chance. I hear it's doing pretty well for them!

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        January 21, 2015 8:04 AM

        I'm confused - TESO goes F2P and you want SWTOR to not be F2P?

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          January 21, 2015 8:07 AM

          The difference is that ESO is NOT "F2P". You have to spend $60 to get in the game, they just dropped the monthly fee. SWTOR is 100% F2P and they make their money by adding a bunch of shady bullshit in-game purchases.

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            January 21, 2015 8:12 AM

            Ah, I see. I guess for me it's really F2P since they gave me a retail copy at QC2014 :)

            I did play and sub for a couple of months but I canceled when I figured out I had no time for MMOs. Always meant to pick up a 60-day game card. Guess I still could.

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              January 21, 2015 8:14 AM

              Hah yeah I got the base game for $15 so that's pretty cool. I'll leave it installed for when I get the MMO itch.

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      January 21, 2015 8:15 AM

      Sorry for the confusion on the free-to-play stuff, y'all. To clarify, you need to buy a copy of the game, but you'll then be given access to the game without needing a monthly subscription.

      Think Destiny, but hopefully, much, much, much better.

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        January 21, 2015 9:22 AM

        in the other thread I saw them mentioning buy-to-play, which seems like a solid way to abbreviate it.

        your update title on the article works perfectly thouigh, anyway!

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      January 21, 2015 10:37 AM

      I wanted to play ESO. Like SWTOR, it looks like a good online single player game. Now it can be just that. Half wishing I grabbed it on the last Steam Sale now. Oh well. There's always the summer sale in a few months!

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      January 21, 2015 11:17 AM

      YES. I've been playing ESO for a few weeks now again and having a blast!!!

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      January 21, 2015 1:00 PM

      This is exactly like Guild Wars 2 in they way they do it and I love it!!! I still spent money on the Gem store but it was never necessary unlike SWTOR....

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