Bethesda pushes to drop console fees for Elder Scrolls Online

Elder Scrolls Online

Developer says it thinks gamers shouldn't be charged twice to play an online game.

Bethesada says it is unfair for gamers to have to pay for both online gaming on their next-gen console, through Xbox Gold or the PlayStation Network, as well as a subscription to play Elder Scrolls Online and are pushing for the console fees to be dropped.

As it stands gamers looking to play Elder Scrolls Online will not only face the monthly £8.99 subscription charge but also online gaming fees to be imposed by both Microsoft and Sony in their next generation consoles, a situation Bethesda wants to challenge.

"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 playing The Elder Scrolls Online and don't want to pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription, just to pay for the Elder Scrolls Online," marketing boss Peter Hines told OXM.

"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."

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