Bethesda doesn't want console gamers paying more for Elder Scrolls Online than their PC counterparts.
Some prospective players were less than happy to hear recently that The Elder Scrolls Online, Bethesda and ZeniMax Online's much anticipated MMORPG, will be implementing a subscription based model that will charge players a $15 a month fee to access the game after its initial purchase. This was perhaps additionally troublesome to console gamers on account of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 both requiring players to pay for premium access before they can participate in online play.
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That in mind, Bethesda has been in talks with Microsoft to see whether or not the console maker might be willing to waive its online fees to help gamers intent on playing The Elder Scrolls Online on Xbox One avoid higher fees than their PC counterparts. "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," Hines said. "For folks who are only paying [sic] The Elder Scrolls Online and don't want to pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription, just to pay [sic] the Elder Scrolls Online."
Bethesda isn't the first company that's expressed a desire to see Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold fees waived. World of Tanks developer Victor Kislyi expressed in June that he wasn't pleased with the premium fees but said it was out of his control. "They would have to drop [the fees] for everyone," he stated, at the time. Bethesda's chances of success, in turn, may arguably be dubious.