Many Elder Scrolls fans on consoles were delighted to hear that Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited would be dropping the MMO subscription model. This means that they don’t have to pay a monthly fee — on top of already paying full price for the game, in order to keep playing. While it doesn’t seem to be an issue with many PC gamers, PlayStation and Xbox owners have to subscribe to PS Plus and Xbox Live Gold if they want to play most game’s online, so their excitement over the matter is understandable.
It turns of the game still has a subscription model after all, at least where its DLC is concerned. Elder Scrolls Online features a service called ESO Plus, which functions similarly to Sony’s PlayStation Plus.
“ESO Plus is our premium membership service. Sign up now to receive in-game benefits that let you get the most out of your journeys in Tamriel. Members receive increased experience, faster crafting progression, and bonus gold along with access to all available DLC Game Packs and a monthly allotment of 1500 Crowns (total membership amount of crowns given at time of purchase) to spend in the in-game store on pets, mounts, costumes, and much more. ESO Plus is the best way to see everything ESO has to offer! Please note that access to DLC Game Packs granted by ESO Plus is only available while your membership remains active.”
That last sentence is a real kicker. Unlike Season Passes which ask for a one time payment in order to access downloadable content for a discounted price, ESO Plus requires players to pay $15 every month, otherwise they won’t be able to play whatever DLC they own. Also there doesn’t seem to be any indication of any DLC being released separately, meaning the Plus service will be your only means of acquiring on extra content.
Keep in mind it is optional and there is still the base game, which can be played without having to subscribe. Still, I can’t imagine this will sit well with many of the fans.
How do you feel about DLC being locked behind a subscription fee? Will you skip Elder Scrolls Online’s bonus content, or will you avoid the game completely? Sound off.