The Elder Scrolls Online Will Be Subscription Based
Zenimax general manager, Matt Firor, has confirmed that Elder Scrolls Online will launch with a subscription!!
In an interview with GameStar, Zenimax general manager Matt Firor confirmed that Elder Scrolls Online will launch with a subscription. He stated that they’ve been they’ve been working hard to deliver a game that the fans want – one worthy of the Elder Scrolls name. The choice of business model needed to be a part of that.
Upon purchasing ESO, players will have 30 days of unlimited playtime. Once that 30 days is up, subscriptions will start at $14.99 a month. Firor said, “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.“
Firor really tried to make it clear that they believe this is the right move for ESO. They felt that the Elder Scrolls experience would be best tied to a subscription model. A model that allows the player to enjoy as much of the content as possible, provides fantastic customer support, and allows for the release of new content after the initial launch. Firor also went on to say that these kinds of experiences are best paired with the $14.99/ month subscription, as opposed to smaller payments – from a cash shop – that would add up to more than the subscription fee. Firor did go on to say that they will be discussing further discounts at a later time.
I’m scrolling through the Facebook comments regarding this interview, and it appears that many ESO fans are not too pleased about the subscription model – one or two positive comments among a sea of anger. How are you feeling about Elder Scrolls Online’s plans of a subscription?
Free to play was really beginning to feel like the future; however, in the last week it has begun to feel like we were wrong.