So, you want to play Elder Scrolls with your friends? Well, Zenimax finally revealed what that will cost you. Aside from the initial game purchase you'll be looking at $15 a month ($14.99/€12.99/£8.99). When you first purchase the game, you'll get 30 days free to see how you like it, and they plan to offer discounts for purchasing several months at a time.
This is news that will create a line in the sand for many players and I have no doubt that ESO moving to consoles is the reason they felt secure in this move. The MMO market on has dwindled in recent years and looking at the numbers for Skyrim's sales on console vs. PC -- after the first year the game sold 59% on XBox, 27% on PS3 and 14% on PC -- it's easy to see why that move gave them confidence to move in a direction that might cost them some players overall. Though I wonder, a move to console would seem to pick up more casual players, and charging a subscription will usually trim out casuals, so it will be interesting to see how this effects the game.
The good news is what a subscription model does for the game, assuming they maintain a large enough player base. With this model a player will be guaranteed access to the full game, where most F2P games will charge you for adding on new areas. It will also allow them to continue to build the game with content releases every 4-6 weeks and provide full customer support.
I have to say I'm not surprised to see this, though I was expecting something more along the lines of $5-10, but I'm also of mixed emotions about it. Of course we all want something for nothing, me included, but if I quit being cheap, then I can allow myself to enjoy the fact that this will help eliminate things like botting and provide consistent content updates.
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About the Author - Jeremy Shane
Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea. Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California. When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead. Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim. If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.
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