The PlayStation Blog Europe posted a Q&A with Matt Firor – Game Director from ZeniMax Online, the studio that’s building the highly anticipated MMO. The most pressing question on gamer’s minds was whether a PlayStation Plus subscription would be required to play the Elder Scrolls Online.
Will playing online with The Elder Scrolls Online have a separate subscription compared to PlayStation Plus?
A PlayStation Plus membership is not required to play The Elder Scrolls Online. PS4 players will only be required to pay the same monthly subscription associated with The Elder Scrolls Online that PC and Mac users will pay — nothing more.
That’s fantastic news for PlayStation 4 owners and falls in line with Shuhei Yoshida’s comments that the policy is flexible. Unfortunately, the same guarantee hasn’t been extended to Xbox One owners. They will shell out for the Elder Scrolls Online subscription as well as an Xbox Live Gold Membership. Let’s hope Microsoft follows suit in the spirit of fairness.
The whole blog is worth reading if you’re excited about The Elders Scroll Online on the PS4. Matt Firor reveals details about how servers will work, mapping controls to the DualShock 4 and when we can expect a playable beta version of the game.
The Elders Scroll Online is coming to PS4/Xbox One in June. Mac and PC platforms get the game earlier on 4 April.
The release of the PlayStation 4 ushered in a change to Sony’s free-to-play policy for online multiplayer. PlayStation 4 owners now have to pay for Sony’s PlayStation Plus service, but the policy is not set strictly for games like MMOs and free-to-play titles.
Sony Worldwide Studio President Shuhei Yoshida mentioned last year that MMO publishers had discretion when it came to whether PlayStation Plus would be required.
Elders Scroll Online images courtesy of Sony Entertainment.