On the Playstation Blog today, Matt Firor answered player questions on the Elder Scrolls Online, the MMORPG that's coming to consoles. Since the announcement of the subscription model for ESO, many players have wondered how that will effect console users that already have to pay to play online. Although no deal has been worked out with X-Box as of yet, for Playstation you will not need to pay for PS Plus to play ESO.
A PlayStation Plus membership is not required to play The Elder Scrolls Online. PS4 players will only be required to pay the same monthly subscription associated with The Elder Scrolls Online that PC and Mac users will pay — nothing more.
He also revealed how the mega-server tech will work for consoles, stating that the PS4 players will not be on the same server as PC/Mac players, and that the European and North American servers will be separate from each other as well.
PS4 users will play The Elder Scrolls Online on either the European PS4 megaserver or the North American PS4 megaserver. We’ll share more details about how this will work closer to launch.
PS4 users will have their own dedicated ESO megaservers (European and North American). PC and Mac users will not be on the PS4 megaservers. This is good news for PS4 players as they won’t have to worry about contending with higher-level PC players when ESO launches on the PlayStation 4.
Many details for console are still being hammered out and Firor could not give definitive answers yet to a handful of questions about the exact install size of the game for PS4, the final solution to the action bar for console (normally accessed by keyboard), or when the PS4 beta will start. Though he did say the beta will start later this year, exclusively (console-wise) on PS4.