Recent news that Xbox One was ditching the Xbox Live Gold requirement for services like Netflix had users wondering if it would still be required for paid MMOs like The Elder Scrolls Online and free-to-play games. And the answer is nope, at least not yet.
Joystiq asked Microsoft’s Phil Spencer about the issue:
“Right now we haven’t changed the policy on MMOs and free-to-play games,” Spencer said. While not getting into specifics, he noted that with some games there are “engineering constraints, policy constraints and partner constraints in each one of these scenarios,” so the decision to keep games behind the Xbox Live paywall reportedly doesn’t rest solely in Microsoft’s hands.
That policy may change, however, or Zenimax may work out a special arrangement with Microsoft. There are no plans to require a PlayStation Plus subscription to play the game on PlayStation 4, and it has been reported that Zenimax was in talks with Microsoft to offer the same deal to Xbox One players.
Whatever is worked on, they’ve got plenty of time to work on it during the recently announced six month delay from the game’s planned June launch.