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You Won’t Be Able Buy A Pre-owned Copy Of The Elder Scrolls Online [Updated]

by Damian Seeto

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A unique activation key for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited won’t allow gamers to rent or purchase a pre-owned copy of the game.

Zenimax Online Studios confirmed via the official forums today that gamers will need a unique activation key to play The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PS4 and Xbox One.

Zenimax Online Studios’ announcement for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited was:

To clarify, you will need a unique game registration code in order to play the game, and used copies will not be eligible to receive a key if the code 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.

If you were hoping to rent or buy a pre-owned copy of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, then you are out of luck. If you want to play the game, you will have to buy a new copy only. This also means you won’t be able to sell or lend your copy of the game too.

UPDATE

A Bethesda representative reached out and has given the following statement:

“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.”

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