The Elder Scrolls Online to justify sub fee with “real and significant” content

The Elder Scrolls Online

By on March 12, 2014 at 11:32 am

Bethesda’s Pete Hines has defended the decision to have a subscription fee for The Elder Scrolls Online by saying that the company will provide “real and significant” content, and not just crappy things like “a new sword”.

“We feel pretty strongly about the support we’re going to have for the game and what you’re going to get for those dollars,” said Hines in an interview with Gamespot.

“We’re also very confident in our ability to support it with content. And not content of the magnitude of, it’s a new month, here’s a new sword or here’s a funny hat, but content that is real and significant and it feels like regular and consistent DLC releases.”

Hines said that the subscription fee enabled all players to be on an equal footing at all times.

“So you wind up in a situation where you say, look, by and large, when you’re talking about regular content, adding new features and new parts of the world, either you’re all in or you’re not.”

There’s another TESO beta happening this weekend, and we’ll have more keys to give away very soon.

Source: Gamespot

11 comments (Leave your own)

It’s going to be interesting to see if they can keep this up. They’ve a lot of ways they could inject meaningful new content into the game – the Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood guilds/questlines/skill trees being an example we know of – but I can’t imagine they’re going to have that amount of content every month.

I do hope they have funny hats though. :P

 

of course they wouldn’t add crappy things like a new sword. instead they can have multiple types of horse armour.

 

So are they going through the list of shit that every mmorpg says?

 

I think a game as hyped and expensive as this will end up going free, so it can double dip on the best of both worlds…a large initial launch with everyone paying top price, then milk the suckers who are major fans dry over the long haul with a cash shop model…same thing EA did with SWTOR.

I would pick this up in a heartbeat if it was like a true TES game, but I know its a standard issue mmorpg (done well im sure) with a TES skin over it.

Also I grew sick to death of mmorpg games quite some time ago.

I do look forward to the next TES installment, I just hope this stupid game didn’t put it on hold indefinitely…

In the end, ill always respect a game that stays P2P…its the cheapest and most fair way to sell a game like this…no silly gimmicks, no money pits, everything found in game via playing.. the way it should be In an RPG.

 

agent042:
of course they wouldn’t add crappy things like a new sword. instead they can have multiple types of horse armour.

haha post of the month.

 

agent042:
of course they wouldn’t add crappy things like a new sword. instead they can have multiple types of horse armour.

Glad someone else came to that conclusion as well lol. Meanwhile oh hey look horses are being sold as DLC. Every MMO ever promises what Hines has promised and every single one has failed miserably and then subsequently had to go F2P because they couldn’t justify the sub at all.

 

I’ll stick to gw2 for my mmo needs atm , and get new content every 2 weeks that is FREE

 

bishopoz,

Yeah, but you only get that content due to people paying for things in the in-game shop… games need to make money to keep going. I’m glad they are going sub, all the F2P games turn out the same, with pay to win extras and vanity items.

 

i kinda hope this game isn’t too successful. the gargantuan known as wow killed off any hope for a warcraft 4 as theyd rather keep developing expansion after expansion. a successful teso would kill any hopes for a tesvi.

 

foxtel,

I don’t think the single player series is any danger of ending from ESO. ESO is set in the past so it isn’t in any danger of hijacking the story like WoW did given that it was a Warcraft sequel.

Also Zenimax is making ESO, Bethesda are still the subsidiary responsible for the single player ES games, no doubt once they’re done with their new project (Fallout 4?), they’ll return to their cash cow :)

 

cybermau
I would pick this up in a heartbeat if it was like a true TES game, but I know its a standard issue mmorpg (done well im sure) with a TES skin over it.

The last beta weekend was my first real look at the game and imo, its plays like a true TES game. imo, if they released it as a single player game instead of an mmo, it would be an excellent successor to Skyrim.

 
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