The juggernaut franchise The Elder Scrolls has been the go-to series for fantasy-RPG action. With big releases like 2011’s Skyrim and 2006’s Oblivion, developer Bethesda has its largest following ever. To follow through on that hype, parent company Zenimax has commissioned an MMO slated for release in 2014, this year.Many of the questions previously surrounding this title have since been answered regarding gameplay and story concerns, but one little fact has escaped the attention of some gamers: the inclusion of a subscription fee.
Yep, after the initial purchase of $60 (regardless of platform), gamers will have to follow up with steady payments of $15 dollars monthly to continue playing the game. To MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) regulars, this may seem routine, but will the millions of console gamers support and purchase a title that will require continuous payment?
After I found this out for myself, I said “No way,” as that amount of $15 does indeed add up over time. Why couldn’t Zenimax have pursued the same pricing as Guild Wars 2, which included only the one-time purchase? With players on next-gen consoles already paying for Xbox Live or Playstation Plus, forumgoers on Bethesda’s own website are troubled by the subscription’s presence.
So what’s your take on the pricing of The Elder Scrolls Online? Do you think the $60 + $15 monthly will be worth the price of admission? or will you save the cash for other titles? Leave your comments down below.