Updated: Bethesda has confirmed that no CD key will be required for the console version of the game.
“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,” Beyhesda told MCV. “Any previous statements counter to this were incorrect.”
Original Story: The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited will require a CD key on the Xbox One, just like on a PC.
A thread on the game’s forum was created to discus whether or not the game’s license could be shared on the same console, or if a CD key was needed.
A representative on the forum said:
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.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited is out June 9.