"The Elder Scrolls Online" is Bethesda Softworks' massively multiplayer online fantasy role playing game set in the Tamriel universe used in the company's single-player open world games. The game was officially released on home computers in April of 2014 and was relaunched as "The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited" for its console debut on the PS4 and Xbox One in 2015.
"The Elder Scrolls Online" began development in 2007 at Zenimax Online Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bethesda Softworks. The game takes place in the fantasy world of Tamriel, the same setting used for Bethesda's single-player Elder Scrolls branded games such as "Oblivion" and "Skyrim." Like many massively multiplayer online games, "The Elder Scrolls Online" allows users to create characters of different professions and engage in both cooperative and competitive interactions. When "The Elder Scrolls Online" was launched for PC and Mac computers in 2014, it required an initial game purchase and an ongoing monthly subscription to play.
Bethesda chose to rebrand the game for its console debut on the PS4 and Xbox One platforms in 2015. Along with officially changing the name of the game to "The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited," Bethesda also opted to drop the subscription requirement. In lieu of a monthly fee, the game instead uses a buy-to-play model that requires only an initial purchase, although optional in-game micro-transactions and downloadable content are available to players.