"Beloved", "Respected", "Immersive" just some of the words you'd normally associated with the brand that is Elder Scrolls. But now you've got to deal with "monthly subscription, you are kidding me right" when it comes to Elder Scrolls Online.
According to Zenimax Studios president Matt Firor the title will turn its back on the recent fashionably profitable trends towards Free-to-Play MMOs and instead go with the more traditionally money-losing monthly subscription model.
"One that's worthy of the Elder Scrolls name. Choosing the right business model is part of that. We are going with the subscription model for ESO," he says, continuing:
“F2P, B2P, etc. are valid, proven business models - but subscription is the one that fits ESO the best, given our commitment to freedom of gameplay, quality and long-term content delivery," he then took a stab at the competition.
“Plus, players will appreciate not having to worry about being ‘monetized’ in the middle of playing the game, which is definitely a problem that is cropping up more and more in online gaming these days,.
"The fact that the word ‘monetized’ exists points to the heart of the issue for us: We don't want the player to worry about which parts of the game to pay for - with our system, they get it all.”
It begins with a free 30-day trial to hook you in apparently and it sounds like idealistic nonsense in this modern world of picking your pockets for hats, swords and shields.
Let's hope it works.
Source: Gamestar via PCgamesN