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The Elder Scrolls Online Will Be Subscription Based

The upcoming MMO The Elder Scrolls Online will be a “premium” game with a subscription, as Zenimax Online President Max Firor revealed in an interview with Gamestar.

Firor stated that the reasoning behind the payment model is that “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 anyway.”

A glimpse at character creation in The Elder Scrolls Online

A glimpse at character creation in The Elder Scrolls Online

This reveal shouldn’t come as too unexpected, since Wildstar announced a pay to play model the day before, and recently released MMOs continue to embrace the pay to play business model.  However, Firor is convinced that the pay to play business model is what is right for The Elder Scrolls Online, stating: “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. The Elder Scrolls Online will not jump onto the free-to-play train.”

A continuation of professional report after the game’s release was also mentioned by Bethesda recently.

Wayshrines teleport the player from place to place in ESO.

Wayshrines teleport the player from place to place in ESO.

The Elder Scrolls Online  is currently aiming for a spring 2014 release, and will be released on Xbox One, PC, and Playstation 4.



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