During a recent interview with the website Gamestar Matt Firor, General Manager of ZeniMax Online, revealed that The Elder Scrolls Online will use a purely subscription based business model and forego any free-to-play options.
When asked why the the studio has chosen to go with this model, despite more recent games being unable to survive on a subscription based game alone, Firor had this to say;
The Elder Scrolls games are all about allowing the player to go where they want, be who they want, and do what they want. We feel that putting pay gates between the player and content at any point in game ruins that feeling of freedom, and just having one small monthly fee for 100% access to the game fits the IP and the game much better than a system where you have to pay for features and access as you play.
A one month subscription to ESO is going to run players $14.99/€12.99/£8.99, though there will likely be discounts for players who purchase more than one month of gameplay at a time.
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