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Both Microsoft and Sony will be charging for multiplayer access when the next generation hardware launches this fall. Sony is allowing free-to-play titles to sit in front of the paywall, and one publisher is pushing to to have that same exemption apply to its upcoming game.
In an interview with OXM, Bethesda states that they are lobbying for The Elder Scrolls Online to be exempt from the multiplayer paywall. Vice president of public relations and marketing Pete Hines specifically called out Microsoft regarding talks about freeing The Elder Scrolls Online from an additional subscription fee (the publisher just announced the business model for the upcoming MMO).
The situation is the same with Sony, though. Right now, regardless of which console platform players choose, they'll have to pay two fees. Bethesda hasn't been successful yet with Microsoft, but Hines indicates that the publisher will "keep pushing on to see if there's something that can be done."
Our TakeWhile Bethesda is likely only concerned with its own titles, it is fighting a battle that could have long-term effects for both next-gen platforms. If they are successful, it could pave the way for more subscription-based games to make the jump.
NCSoft just announced the business model for Wildstar (also subscription-based). Final Fantasy XIV could be a worthwhile candidate.
It's unlikely that Microsoft will budge because of the amount of money at stake. Still, this is going to be an interesting conversation to follow.
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Its kind of a pointless battle imo cause most people are gonna be playing other multiplayer games that are behind the paywall. So in essence will touch very few people either way
I hope Square-Enix is still pushing Microsoft to change Xboxlive's policies to support cross-play with other platforms! Come on! Microsoft!! Final Fantasy XIV looks awesome!
As much I'm an Elder Scrolls fan, the plan is flawed from the beginning by imposing the $15 a month fee. That's way over the price of an Xbox Live Gold or PS+ fee. Besides, as ,uch as the beta has progressed, ESO is still has to prove itself as it exits beta and tries to attract public.
Were I willing to play it, it would be on PC. However the fee is holding me back. I don't care what happens next, but I'm very sure MS and Sony won't agree.
I'm glad Sony is doing right by F2P titles. You can pick up a PS4 at launch, not buy a single game, and still get to play a bunch of cool stuff like Warframe, DC Universe Online and War Thunder for awhile - that's rad. But if Bethesda can push so that subscription-based games can do so as well, that'd be pretty cool. Good luck, Bethesda!
I really want to try this game. It will be a pretty good investment though.
This is an interesting battle over who collects, the console or the game, for connectivity on console MMO games. I wonder if Bethesda believes that most of its customers are not paying for console online services because it seems that most console multiplayer gamers already pay for the service. I can't imagine Microsoft giving up this money, if so nearly every game will adopt a subscription in order to bypass Gold. The bottom line is gamers paying monthly fees but the question is to who.
Most people are going to be paying two fees anyhow that get this game, as I doubt this will be the only online game they get for their systems...
Be careful with free MP - you get what you pay for!
At first I thought it was talking about doing away with the subscription. I don't think the paywall is what puts people off about this game.
Good luck to Bethesda, but I don't see anything changing. If they can't win then they need to drop the subscription model and just go with a sixty dollar package.