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The game director at Elder Scrolls Online developer ZeniMax Online Studios has announced that the MMO will follow a monthly subscription model.
In an interview with GameStar, Matt Firor, game director at ZeniMax Online Studios, confirmed that players will have unlimited access to the game for free for the first 30 days after you buy the game. At the end of that time, you'll pay $14.99 per month for the game.
"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," Firor said. "Going with any other model meant that we would have to make sacrifices and changes we weren't willing to make."
Firor also mentioned that the company would announce discount opportunities in the future, such as decreased per-month cost if you buy multiple months at a time.
Head over to GameStar for the full interview and more info.
[Source: GameStar via Gamespot]
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Doesn't surprise me one bit, I am still looking forward to it
Not sure if I'm willing to make that kind of investment in a game. I'm not that hardcore of a gamer.
There are just too many F2P games out there these days for the traditional subscription model to work. 7-10 years ago it was still viable, but the new generation of MMO players just aren't use to having no choice but to pay $180 a year to play a game they paid $60 for.
This will go F2P fairly soon after launch, just like The Old Republic did.
Shame...I don't mind that they went with the sub model, but why is it always $15/mo with these things? That's just too much money, especially after already shelling out $60 for the game. If they only charged like $5/mo I would do it, but $15/mo is too expensive.
Guess that I won't get it anymore even though the series is my favourite.