Bethesda has asked Microsoft to allow non-Xbox Live Gold subscribers access to The Elder Scrolls Online.

Speaking to OXM at Gamescom, Bethesda Softworks marketing boss Peter Hines said his company felt that most people pay for an Xbox Live subscription to not to play one game, but rather to play all games online.

"In that sense, when I'm playing Call of Duty online I don't feel like I'm paying my monthly Xbox Live sub for Call of Duty – I'm just paying it because that's a thing that I do, and whatever game I'm playing at the time is the one that benefits,” said Hines.

"Having said that, we have been in talks with Microsoft about that very thing, and seeing whether or not there's any room to change their minds about that, for folks who are only playing The Elder Scrolls Online and don't want to pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription, just to pay for The Elder Scrolls Online.

"The answer right now is that's the way it works, but it's something that we're aware of and we keep pushing on, to see if there's something that can be done.”

It’s worth noting that those intending to play the game on the PlayStation 4 will also have to pay for a PlayStation Plus account to get that system online.

Bethesda recently confirmed that The Elder Scrolls Online would require a subscription of US$14.99 to play.

The game is due out in early 2014 for Xbox One, Windows PC, and PlayStation 4.