The lights are on
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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Loads of monnaaaaaay!
I think they made a mistake letting free to play games be in front of the pay wall. Now it sets the precedent for every online-only game to be immune to the subscription requirement of Xbox and Playstation.
Good on Bethesda (something I rarely say). It's about time someone with clout could get Microsoft to stop being so stingy about MMOs on their platforms.
Just charge $80 for the game, no subscription fee!
Hopefully this situation will come to a conclusion and not end up in the grave for next gen consoles no matter how simple it would be to just make it for the pc. I'll have more confidence in this once I start seeing more next gen titles that would make XBL worth getting. And yes, I do believe that the Xbone wont end up into an eternal abyss lol
I think Bethesda would have done well to negotiate this prior to announcing the console version of the game. By going public with the console version first, they lost quite a bit of leverage over the hardware manufacturers. I applaud them for not giving up - but I see this a quite an uphill battle as it would require both Sony and Microsoft to give up a significant amount of income.
Will, not, happen. Especially with Microsoft. Look back in the history of the Xbox 360 and see how many announced MMO's for the console were cancelled because of MS's policy.
My biggest issue with the subscription requirement of ESO is that I have ALWAYS used more time exploring the worlds of Elder Scrolls than doing the actual quests. Making a $20 monthly fee (as it will be for me on the PS4, unless Sony cuts Bethesda a deal) will almost force a progression of a series that I prefer to take time with. Honestly, I'm 185 hours plus in Skyrim with my main, and have yet to choose a side in the war.
if i read right... this article its wrong....
I think Sony said that Online gaming for MMOs are going to be exempt of PS+ same with F2P games and other features...
no subscription please
There is so little money really at stake for this. That makes no sense. One game is not going to make people stop using gold.