Following the tradition of most MMOs of late, The Elder Scrolls Online will be dropping its subscription. Since its original release April of 2014, the game required a monthly subscription to play.
Starting March 17th for PC and Mac players will no longer have to pay a subscription for existing accounts and new players can pick up the Tamriel Unlimited Edition, a one time purchase. Console players continue to wait for The Elder Scrolls Online, with the release of the Tamriel Unlimited edition coming June 9 for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited will contain all content and updates from the current PC and Mac version of the game. Additionally, Bethesda says the new version will offer optional downloadable content and in-game purchases for convenience and customization items. Regular updates and other additional content will be available to players free of additional charges.
Bethesda will also be offering ESO Plus to players who wish to pay a monthly fee for a premium membership service. This service will include various in-game bonuses, a monthly allowance of crowns (the games currency) as well as access to all included DLC while a member. PC and Mac players with active subscriptions will automatically be enrolled on March 17, so those who wish to opt out and make the move to the free version will have to make those adjustments prior to the release.
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