You may have to pay that monthly fee, but that's it.
Many have been asking a pertinent question concerning upcoming MMOs for the PlayStation 4: "Will I need a Plus subscription to play?" Well, at least as far as The Elder Scrolls Online is concerned, the answer is "no."
ZeniMax Online Studios game director Matt Firor answered this question over at the Euro PlayStation Blog :
"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."
A Plus subscription costs $49.99 per year and it's required for PS4 owners to play games online. However, it won't be needed in this particular case, so that's good news. It also means Sony's machine once again has a leg up on the competition, as Bethesda is still "pushing" Microsoft to remove the need for Xbox One owners to have an Xbox Live Gold account. Until they do, the PS4 version looks a little more attractive.
Of course, considering that many gamers view Plus as mandatory, anyway, I imagine most people who intend to purchase The Elder Scrolls Online already are members. Still, it's worth acknowledging. By the way, you'll get a 30-day subscription when you first pick up the anticipated MMO, but it'll cost you $14.99 (€12.99/£8.99) a month if you intend to keep playing.
Related Game(s): The Elder Scrolls Online