Welcome to Over/Under, where you, the GAMEBREAKER fans, get to show off your prognostic powers and see if you can outguess the staff or even the people who make games themselves!
The rules are simple: We’ll offer you a quantifiable number, or perhaps a date, and ask you to predict whether the answer will be over or under our stated value.
Then, when we know the answer — typically within a few weeks or months — we’ll make a post to let you know how you did!
Today’s question is:
Will The Elder Scrolls Online have a subscription fee or be free-to-play?
To clarify, “subscription” means any up-front purchase required, along with a monthly purchase to continue playing; “free-to-play” means no up-front purchase required, with optional microtransactions. If they do something like Guild Wars 2, we’ll call it a draw.
Although it seems like the days of subscription-fee games are numbered, there are still a few out there, especially when they’re attached to big IPs, like Star Wars: The Old Republic — recent news notwithstanding.
The Elder Scrolls isn’t quite on Star Wars‘ level, IP-wise, but even recent non-licensed games like Rift, TERA, and The Secret World are still rocking the sub model. It’s not dead yet, and if a company thinks it has a potentially huge hit on its hands, it will definitely be tempted to go this route.
- If you think TESO will require a subscription, answer OVER in a comment below.
- If you think TESO will be free-to-play, answer UNDER in a comment below.
We’re not sure when we’ll hear news of this, one way or the other, but we’d think it would be something a company would want to get out of the way pretty quickly, one way or the other. Stay tuned!