Bethesda Softworks' massively multiplayer online (MMO) game The Elder Scrolls will be dropping its pay-to-play subscription fee starting in March, according to a new announcement. It's being rebranded as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.

The game was released last April for OS X and Windows; it's based on the popular role-playing game franchise The Elder Scrolls. Players create a character from one of four classes comprising many different races present in the fantasy realm of Tamriel.

Up until now, The Elder Scrolls Online has required a purchase which grants players 30 free days of in-game play time; to continue beyond that, you needed to subscribe. The company is changing the model prior to a console launch anticipated for June.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited includes all the great gameplay from the original PC/Mac game, plus all the updates and content additions, including the exciting new Justice and Champion systems. If you've ever played ESO, you'll be invited to return to the game and experience everything new in the world without game subscription fees. If you're new to ESO, you'll make a one-time purchase of the game and then continue playing without restrictions for as long as you like.

Source: The Elder Scrolls Online