Upcoming MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online will follow the monthly subscription model when it launches next year on PC, PlayStation 4, Mac and Xbox One. Players will need to purchase a copy of the game, which will come with 30 days free membership; once that expires, continued access to the game will cost $14.99 or around R150.00.
There’s been a lot of speculation surrounding the payment model the game might adopt, so this confirmation from ZeniMax Online GM Matt Firor is welcomed. Considering how three recent top-shelf MMORPGs (Star Wars: The Old Republic, TERA and Rift) had to switch from the monthly subscription model to an alternate method of monetisation, it’ll be interesting to see how ZeniMax fares with this decision.
Speaking to German website Gamestar, Firor said that the decision to go with a monthly subscription model “fits the IP and the game much better than a system where you have to pay for features and access as you play.” He was specifically referring to the fact that traditional Elder Scrolls titles allow players to “go where they want, be who they want, and do what they want,” and to that extent “putting pay gates between the player and content at any point in game ruins that feeling of freedom.”
According to Frior, The Elder Scrolls Online features hundreds of hours of content and there are plans for “long-term content delivery”.
Firor didn’t go into specifics but he did confirm that there would be discounts for those players who choose to pay for multiple months at a time. He also confirmed that time cards will be available.
“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.”
Recently, equally anticipated MMORPG Wildstar was also confirmed to be following the monthly subscription model. However, in Wildstar players can trade a commodity called C.R.E.D.D, for a month’s subscription to the game. C.R.E.D.D. can be purchased via the Wildstar website and then traded with other players for in-game gold via the game’s Commodities Exchange. You can read more about this interesting take on the monthly sub model over on the game’s official webpage.