Elder Scrolls Online Will Be Subscription Based

In an interview with GameStar, Matt Firor, General Manager of ZeniMax Online, laid all speculation to rest by announcing that the highly anticipated MMO “Elder Scrolls Online” will have a monthly subscription of $14.99.

“‘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,” Matt Firor elaborated in the interview with GameStar.

I personally don’t really know how I feel about this.  Games are expensive and the new consoles are coming out – and did I mention games are expensive! You figure you have at the very least “Batman: Arkham Origins,” “Watchdogs,” “Battlefield 4,” “Call Of Duty: Ghosts,” “Titanfall,” “Mad Max,” “Forza 5,” and “The Evil Within,” it is going to be an extremely expensive year. So, they want you to buy their game and then pay at least $15 dollars a month to play a game that you already own? This is the the mentality that is causing gamers to abandon the subscription services.

At the rate these beta codes are coming out gamers are either going to have to trust others’ word of mouth and gameplay footage or you’re going to have to buy the game and hope that it isn’t complete trash. Don’t get me wrong, I am praying that “ESO” is epic; I love the “Elder Scrolls” series and the “Fallout” series, but let’s be honest, there are a lot of bugs in their games after release.

I feel to build a little more good will, maybe it’s time to start handing out more of those beta invites before you expect someone to shell out $50 to $60 on the game and then $180 just to play it for a year (yes, I am aware they will have discounts for multi-month plans, but there is no info on that at this time).

“The Elder Scrolls Online” is coming to PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this fall, but a specific release date hasn’t been announced.