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The Elder Scrolls Online to Use Subscriptions

The Elder Scrolls Online tweets about a an interview with Matt Firor saying The Elder Scrolls Online will be using the subscription model that's almost completely out of style for current MMORPGs. Here's word:

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.

The Elder Scrolls Online offers unlimited play for the first 30 days with the purchase of the game. The choice is yours to play as much as you want; hundreds of hours of content, PvP, etc - is all there for you to experience with the base purchase of the game. If you want to continue playing for hundreds of hours more after that first month you'll pay a flat fee for continued, unlimited access to the game.

We'll talk about further discounts, etc. later, but for now, we are very happy to finally announce our model. It's very simple - you pay once per month after the first 30 days and the entire game is available to you.

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4. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online to Use Subscriptions Aug 21, 2013, 09:22 NewMaxx
 
The problem isn't a subscription model so much as a subscription model with a multi-platform game. The console ecosystem is adjusting pretty well to the whole microtransaction system, and there's XBox Gold, etc. Add in the fact that MMO's require constant, relatively large updates, and I really think a separate subscription on top of all that is asking too much, especially when even a lot of PC players are moving to F2P.

There's a reason Blizzard had to restart Titan, for reasons I posted well before they made that decision on this very site: that they built it for a subscription model and would realize it wouldn't work in the current economy. That they would realize that going multi-platform required working with not one but two different ecosystems (Sony's and Microsoft's) while simultaneously building for PC gamers (whose needs and capabilities are considerably different).

Is their IP and vision enough to carry it despite all of these caveats? Personally I hope so, but what I've seen of the game in its current state is something more along the lines of a better SWToR. Sure, I bought that and played 2-3 months, but I only got interested again after a lot of updates and a F2P model. If they can ensure constant content updates and fixes, sure, but again...applying that to consoles has never met with complete success (yet).
 
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3. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online to Use Subscriptions Aug 21, 2013, 09:14 Verno
 
Kajetan wrote on Aug 21, 2013, 08:55:
Good! I like games where i know how much money i will spend. Upfront.

Yeah, I don't mind the subscription model when there is a baseline for content expectations and if the amount is reasonable given the breadth and scope of the game.
 
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2. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online to Use Subscriptions Aug 21, 2013, 08:59 nin
 

Wonder how long it will last until FTP? Not so much the quality as monthly subs seem to be waning...

 
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1. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online to Use Subscriptions Aug 21, 2013, 08:55 Kajetan
 
Good! I like games where i know how much money i will spend. Upfront.  
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