The Elder Scrolls Online is finally heading to PS4 and Xbox One in June. A year after it was initially supposed to release, and 14 months after the PC release, the game will also adopt a new buy-to-play model, essentially dropping the monthly subscription fee.
This new edition – which will come as a free upgrade for PC players in March – is named The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited and includes all of the content updates so far. Instead of a subscription then, there will be “optional” downloadable content for purchase to support the game, with a focus on customisation of characters.
Regular updates and gameplay content will be offered free of charge, although there will be a monthly premium membership which features in-game bonuses, a monthly allotment of “crowns” to use in the customisation store, and access to DLC expansions.
This is a sensible move, as the initial purchase of the game and monthly subscription felt like quite a high barrier for entry, particularly if it were to be the same on consoles.