By Paolo Succi on January 28, 2014 at 3:32pm
According to the official PlayStation blog, Matt Firor, game director at ZeniMax Studios confirmed that PS4 players will not need a PlayStation Plus subscription to play "Elder Scrolls Online." Conversely, Joystiq reported today that Xbox Live Gold status is required for the Xbox One version.
In August, Bethesda was in talks with Microsoft to circumvent the Xbox Live Gold fees, but they were apparently unsuccessful. This is the second blow to "ESO's" production, as they were recently handed an "M for Mature" rating by the ESRB. Bethesda responded on their Facebook page saying:
The ESRB advised us that it has given "The Elder Scrolls Online" a Mature rating. While we may disagree with the ESRB’s determination, we do not plan to challenge the rating, and we are unwilling to change the game’s content to achieve a different rating. The game we have created is the one we want our fans to be able to play.
As a result of the ESRB rating, we are in the process of promptly updating everything with the required rating and age gates, including game trailers, websites, and ads. Thanks for your understanding. We can’t wait to welcome players into "The Elder Scrolls" Online soon.
With this latest development, "ESO" may become an expensive proposition for console gamers. In addition to the $60 purchase price, players will pay $15 in subscription fees, a further subscription for Xbox Gold (if not already subscribed), and the possible microtransactions players may be exposed to.
Matt Firor: The Elder Scrolls Online on PS4: Your Questions Answered Joystiq: ESO won't require PS Plus VG247: The Elder Scrolls Online will have microtransactions ESO Facebook: M Rating Response