Elder Scrolls Online Requires Pay Monthly Subscription
Developers Shunning Free-To-Play Model
Gamers who want to play The Elder Scrolls Online will have to pay a monthly fee, ZeniMax Online has confirmed.
Speaking to Gamestar, game director Matt Firor said the studio is shunning the free-to-play trend in favour of the classic MMO business model.
He said: “We’re thrilled that gamers are looking forward to diving into The Elder Scrolls Online and we’ve been working hard to deliver the game that fans want – one that’s worthy of the Elder Scrolls name. Choosing the right business model is part of that. We are going with the subscription model for ESO.
“We’re building a game with the freedom to play – alone or with your friends – as much as you want. A game with meaningful and consistent content – one packed with hundreds of hours of gameplay that can be experienced right away and one that will be supported with premium customer support.
“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. Going with any other model meant that we would have to make sacrifices and changes we weren’t willing to make.”
Firor said the studio believes “putting pay gates between the player and content at any point in game ruins that feeling of freedom”.