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The Elder Scrolls Online no longer requires subscriptions starting today

With the launch of the Tamriel Unlimited edition on PC and Mac, The Elder Scrolls Online has gone free-to-play.


Bethesda Softworks is announcing the official launch of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on both PC and Mac.

As the publisher announced earlier this month, the Tamriel Unlimited edition of The Elder Scrolls Online features all six major content updates since its launch, including the new Justice and Champion systems. All existing PC and Mac game accounts have been updated to the Tamriel Unlimited Edition, which means whether your account is active or not, you’ll be able to jump into the game once again without needing to pay a game subscription fee.

As for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, those versions are still expected to be released on June 9.

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    March 17, 2015 7:40 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, The Elder Scrolls Online no longer requires subscriptions starting today

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      March 17, 2015 7:48 AM

      That didn't take long ago. I think its safe to say the age of paying a monthly sub is over. Games like WoW are still there because it was released when that was the norm. They built a core following and its still making money. Even then their numbers are starting to decline as well.

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        March 17, 2015 8:02 AM

        Ultima Online is still subscription.

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          March 17, 2015 8:17 AM

          Yeah its an old model and since they have their core following its still kicking much like eve online. There are a few games from that era still around most that came after didn't last the year.

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        March 17, 2015 8:28 AM

        Instead of monthly subs,now these games want you to pay $20~$30 for a broken "Alpha" to help subsidize development.

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          March 17, 2015 9:26 AM

          which in some cases is total bullshit, as the alpha will never be finished, and the beta will be released as the "full game"

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        March 17, 2015 9:30 AM

        Kingdom of Drakkar (arguably the first MMO ever) is still supported with subs, though the first part of the game is free (Nork).

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        March 17, 2015 9:32 AM

        EVE online is still going strong

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      March 17, 2015 8:10 AM

      Does this mean you have to buy the game but don't pay a sub ala Guild Wars?

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        March 17, 2015 8:21 AM


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        March 17, 2015 8:30 AM

        Which to me doesn't equal free-to-play. Free-to-play has the key word, "Free". If you must pay for the game still, subscription or not, it's not free.

        POE is free-to-play. This is not.

        I know Shack isn't calling this Free-to-play but there are plenty of others that care and it's simply not true.

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          March 17, 2015 9:38 AM

          Bethesda isn't calling it f2p on their site or in the press releases. Shacknews needs to correct that.

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