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The Free Games on PlayStation Plus Are Being Paid For By SONY

We all know that PlayStation Plus has increasingly offered some of the most high profile games around for Free. It seems the PS Plus deal keeps on sweetening, and why wouldn’t it? As far as gamers can see things, it just seems to make sense for gamers to get games for free. Over here at the RGN HQ, we’ve often wondered though. Just exactly why are some of these games being given away for free when some of them haven’t even hit their profitability marks nor become old yet? Today we’ve found out thanks to a news posting by ShackNews made on the third.

It turns out that in addition to the obvious promotional value that some developers will factor in when releasing a sequel for something, Sony has also been paying off developers to offset the cost of lost sales that occur from putting up a game on PS+ for free to the members of Sony’s paid subscription network which will be required for online multiplayer on their next-gen PlayStation 4 console when it drops next month (November 2013).

Now before anybody jumps off the bandwagon, I mean deep end, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing nor do we see this as a huge scandal. Rather this announcement is simply a revelation as to the inner-workings of the PS+ business behind-the-scenes, and most of us aren’t business men of the game industry. We are gamers. So try not to use this as ammo in one of your silly fanboy wars people, seriously.

[Source: ShackNews]

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Mitch Walters on 20131004 and was last modified on 20131004 .

The Elder Scrolls Online Might Not Require Xbox Live Gold On Xbox ONE

UPDATE: PS+ Not Required for The Elder Scrolls Online, But XBL Gold Is… 

Bethesda Softworks is reportedly working with Microsoft to try and get the Xbox Live Gold subscription fee waived for MMORPG players who just want to play The Elder Scrolls Online but do not wish to pay for Gold in addition to already paying for the monthly fee The Elder Scrolls Online will require. This is not a sealed deal however, and would do well with one of you fancy, new-age gamers’ petitions (the more signatures the better). Zenimax Online which was purchased by Zenimax Media (the parent company to Bethesda Softworks), renamed to Zenimax Online, and put to work on ESO would love for as many players as possible to experience the game.

PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONE require PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold respectively to access online multiplayer for pay-to-play games such as ESO or Call of Duty to provide another example people are familiar with.

In a recent article from our own Mitch Walters, it was cited that the cost of monthly MMO’s has been a barrier in the past for players on the console to really embrace the genre. Our Associate Editor Shawn ‘Pwnagraphic’ Stenberg chimed in with a counter-point argument, however it seems that Bethesda has already been trying to tackle this whole console MMO fee issue in their own way – and if successful – would rather see their players not get charged for Xbox Live Gold if ESO was enough to keep them entertained online.

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20130828 and was last modified on 20140130 .