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The Elder Scrolls Online follows subscription based model

Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls Online will follow a subscription-based business model.

The general manager of Zenimax online confirmed monthly subscriptions for the game, revealing that players will have to purchase the game, which comes with 30 days free, after which they'll pay $14.99/€12.99/£8.99 per month.

"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. 

"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."

What do you think of Elder Scrolls Online being a paid for experience?

Edited On 21 Aug, 2013

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Zombieflamingo 3 years ago
I have played a few free ones and find that the subsription ones usually are better. I dont mind paying as long as they make it worthwhile with regular content updates and so on. Also Guild Wars 2 is the exception i feel to the free to play model and does it rather well.
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Daniel 3 years ago
I never liked the idea of paying to play a game you've paid for. I imagine it will take the road of SWTOR at some point and become a free to play model
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Kaysar 3 years ago
Alas, it deters me. £8.99 a month just makes it difficult to justify signing on. Especially as I've drifted over the years from hardcore gamer to casual. I just wouldn't be able to put in the hours. A shame, really, as I would have liked to play this game. Unless a few of my friends, who play the Elder Scroll games, sign up I know I won't be.
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iMerle iDixon 3 years ago
So the game costs about £50 then you're expected to pay £8 a month, no thanks.
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MattW 3 years ago
That's pretty steep. Guess i'll check it out tho to see if its worth it
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Shippy87 3 years ago
The subscription rout as sadly put me off wanting to get ESO, which is a shame since I love the Elder Scrolls series
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Doubt it will be £50 to buy, I'm guessing it will be around £20
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JoeToots 3 years ago
I don't mind paying a subscription fee aslong as i see a steady flow of new content added.
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Danny_936 3 years ago
this subscription fee is it for all platforms like pc, ps4 and xbox one? or is it just for pc? I was planning on getting this game but if the subscription fee is also xbox one then there is no way in hell I am paying £8.99 for a subscription fee for a game on top of my xbox live gold membership, don't be silly Bethesda, think ill just stick with bungie's destiny instead.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
The sub shoould be for all platforms
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Whitey 3 years ago
So now that's this and Wildstar both using a monthly sub, think I'll stick to Guild Wars 2
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battfinkz 3 years ago
no thanks, its not something ill be doing, i bet the game is full price aswell. shame, was looking forward to this, never mind, skyrim will keep me going for a few more years

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