The Elder Scrolls Online Ditches Subscription Fee

For those of you who have been wanting to hop into the latest iteration of Tamriel, but didn’t want to pony up the subscription fee, good news has arrived! Bethesda has announced that The Elder Scrolls online is dropping it’s sub fee, and reverting to a straight retail purchase. In the process, it is also undergoing a slight name change.

Starting March 17th, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited will be available with no extra fees required beyond the purchase of the game. All the extra content now, including cosmetic items and in-game DLC, will still be available for purchase, but the base game is free to play for all those that own the game. If you are currently paying a subscription fee, you will be automatically enrolled in ESO Plus, which includes some in-game items and currency. If you have previously bought the game, but let your subscription run out, fear not, as you can jump back in at no cost.

This comes just in time for the Xbox One and PS4 release of the game, available June 9th. While not exactly unexpected (read: we all knew this was going to happen), it is still a smart move, and one that will likely drum up additional excitement for the console release. Now, if only Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn would make the same move, I would be set. Still, I’m excited to explore the online iteration of Tamriel, and it’s nice to know I don’t have to pay monthly to do so.