UPDATE: 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," it told MCV. "Any previous statements counter to this were incorrect."
The headline to the story has been amended.
ORIGINAL STORY: Bethesda's upcoming console MMO The Elder Scrolls Online will mirror the established PC market model by locking out pre-owned sales of the game.
That's because, as confirmed by the publisher, each copy will come with a one-time registration code that once redeemed cannot be replaced or transferred.
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,” the company said.
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.”
It's not yet known whether the registration keys are tied to a console, thus allowing more than one user per console to play, or to an individual user's account – although the latter seems more likely.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited will be released on PS4 and Xbox One on June 9th.