Bethesda Back Peddles on Elder Scrolls Online Activation Issue

Fans continue to shut down any hope game companies have about destroying the used game market.

Earlier this morning, Bethesda announced that the PS4 and Xbox One versions of The Elder Scrolls Online will require players to register a CD key included in the box to access the game, meaning pre-owned versions would not work if the key has already been redeemed.

“It works the same way as the PC version in that the code included in the box is to activate your ESOTU account and the discs are for installation purposes. If you own the disc but don’t have a key, you’ll be able to install the game and reach the login screen, but you won’t be able to log in and access the game without an active ESOTU account.”

While it was certainly unusual for a console release, the requirement isn’t a huge surprise considering the game’s subscription-free online nature. The PC version of The Elder Scrolls Online went free to play in March, as most MMOs do after a time.  The subscription model just isn’t a solid business plan anymore.

Only a few short hours later a Bethesda representative completely refuted the previous post, stating that:

“The physical console version of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited does not require a one-time game code, as with any other boxed PS4 / Xbox One game only the game disc is needed for verification, any previous statements counter to this were incorrect.”

This doesn’t look well for Bethesda in the public eye.  Either there were some seriously crossed wires internally or the fan outcry was too much, either one is definitely bad.

If you are still looking to purchase The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited after this debacle, it launches on PS4 and Xbox One on June 9.