The Elder Scrolls Online Is Dropping Its Monthly Subscription, Coming To PS4 And Xbox One This Summer As One-Time Purchase

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Jan 21, 2015 10:31 AM EST
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Bethesda has announced that The Elder Scrolls Online is set launch on console this summer, and that the game will be dropping its monthly subscription fee on all platforms.

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The MMO will release as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited when it hits PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on June 9, and the subscription-free version will come to PC and Mac on March 17. Bethesda announced the news in a press release, and explained that a one-time purchase of the game itself will offer all of the updates and content currently available in subscription game.

Player accounts will carry over to the new version, optional downloadable content will be available for purchase, and an in-game Crown Store is available for "convenience and customization" items. Regular updates and new gameplay will be provided free of charge. A premium monthly ESO Plus subscription will be offered, providing exclusive in-game bonuses, a monthly allotment of crowns for the store and access to all DLC game packs. Those with subscriptions still going on March 17 will be rolled into the ESO Plus program.

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"Our fans are our biggest inspiration, and we've listened to their feedback on the entertainment experience they want," said Matt Firor, Game Director of The Elder Scrolls Online. "We know that Elder Scrolls fans want choice when it comes to how they play and how they pay, and that is what they will get. We have made numerous changes to the game over the past year, and are confident this is a game that Elder Scrolls fans will love to play."

The developers will be holding a Twitch livestream today at 12 p.m. Eastern to tell and show fans more.

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