Elder Scrolls Online Subs: A Mutal Decision

Bethesda parent company Zenimax made sure it happened

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Elder Scrolls Online Subs: A Mutal Decision
Bethesda is going against the Free-to-Play tide with its MMO The Elder Scrolls Online and its not taking all the weight of that decision on its shoulders.

In case you're not aware of the pricing, we reported it here. But basically, you pay for the boxed edition and then you pay a subscription of $14.99/30 days (Ä12.99 / £8.99). What? Why? Here's why:

Pete Hines, Bethesda's always good for a quote VP of Marketing explains:

ďIt would be fair to say it was a mutual decision (between parent company Zenimax and Bethesda).It wasnít like they decided it, and we didnít mandate it. There was a lot of conversation around it.Ē

ďI worry about it but I worry about everything. Thatís my job, to worry. But I think itís the right decision for the right reasons.Ē

Okay, but, again, why? Pete says, "You can buy it, play the hell out of it for four weeks and go ĎEh! Iím done. I did everything I wanted to do, I did a bunch of single-player stuff, I did a bunch of PVP, and now Iím out.í Then youíre out. The subscription is irrelevant. The initial purchase is exactly the same as any other PC game because you donít have to pay for the subscription until your 30 days is up.Ē

You'll have our Elder Scrolls update this week.

Source: GamesOnNet

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Jake 1 Apr 2014 14:15
Thanks for the heads up on this stealth subscription charge that was not mentioned on when I made my online purchase. So they are saying you can play as much as you like for 30 days and after this you have to pay to play. I have played over 140 hours in Skyrim and i haven't nearly finished it and I purchased it on the release date. What do they expect you to do play 10 hours a day. You would not be able to sell your game because of this 30 day period (they would need a subscription charge to be able to use it).
Paul 2 Apr 2014 20:25
A sub free on an MMO is pretty standard stuff and people have been talking about ESO's sub for the last 6 months. Have you been living under a shell?
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