The Elder Scrolls Online Won't Be F2P, Requires Monthly Sub
Posted on Wednesday, August 21 @ 06:51:20 PST by Anthony Severino
The editors here at GameRevolution have raved about The Elder Scrolls Online, Bethesda and Zenimax Online's upcoming MMO from the TES universe. But we've all been left with one question: What's the catch? As in, how are we gonna pay for this thing?
MMOs have largely went from subscription-based models to free-to-play models supported by microtransactions. Get your crowd hooked—an easy task for The Elder Scrolls series—and fans will empty their wallets. Despite suspecting that TESO would follow the trend, Zenimax Online's general manager Matt Firor has confirmed a monthly subscription fee of $14.99 per month will be required to play the game, with a 30-day free trial packed in with every copy of the game. He explained:
The Elder Scrolls games are all about allowing the player to go where they want, be who they want, and do what they want. We feel that putting pay gates between the player and content at any point in game ruins that feeling of freedom, and just having one small monthly fee for 100% access to the game fits the IP and the game much better than a system where you have to pay for features and access as you play. The Elder Scrolls Online was designed and developed to be a premium experience: hundreds of hours of gameplay, tons of depth and features, professional customer support – and a commitment to have ongoing content at regular intervals after launch. This type of experience is best paired with a one-time fee per month, as opposed to many smaller payments that would probably add up to more than $14.99/month any way.So that's that. Monthly subscription it is. What do you think about the monthly subscription plan? Does this change your minds on picking up TESO? Maybe you should read our multiple previews again.
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