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.