We all know by now that Bethesda will charge players a monthly fee to play The Elder Scrolls Online, but maybe, just maybe, they won’t have to pay Microsoft $5 a month to play on the Xbox One.

According to OXM, Bethesda are currently in talks with Microsoft about letting future Xbox One owners play the Elder Scrolls MMO without the Xbox Live Gold account required for all multiplayer activities.

“We feel like most people such as yourself currently pay that subscription not to pay a game, but to play all games online,” Bethesda’s head of marketing, Peter Hines, told the magazine.

“So in that sense, when I’m playing Call of Duty online I don’t feel like I’m paying my monthly Xbox Live sub for Call of Duty – I’m just paying it because that’s a thing that I do, and whatever game I’m playing at the time is the one that benefits.”

“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 paying The Elder Scrolls Online and don’t want to pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription, just to pay the Elder Scrolls Online.”

As of now, Microsoft doesn’t seem convinced by Hines’ logic. “”The answer right now is that’s the way it works, but it’s something that we’re aware of and we keep pushing on, to see if there’s something that can be done. We’ll let you know if there’s movement there.”

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if Bethesda can create some sort of precedent. Personally, I won’t bet on it. Would you? Let me know in the comments below.


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