"One small monthly fee... fits the game much better"
By Tim Colwill on August 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm
Zenimax have revealed that upcoming MMO The Elder Scrolls Online will be a subscription-based title, rather than being free-to-play like every other MMO that was ever made ever forever.
Why would they do such a thing? Well, as game director Matt Firor explained, it’s because they feel going F2P will compromise their game.
“Charging a flat monthly (or subscription) fee means that we will offer players the game we set out to make, and the one that fans want to play,” said Firor to Gamestar. “Going with any other model meant that we would have to make sacrifices and changes we weren’t willing to make.”
“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,” Miror continued.
“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.”
Bold move from Zenimax, but I’ll be very surprised if it doesn’t come back to bite them. We’ll see.