The Elder Scrolls Online Business Model Revealed

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The Elder Scrolls Online Business Model Revealed

ZeniMax Online going with a subscription model.

The Elder Scrolls Online will run on a subscription model, ZeniMax Online General Manager Matt Firor revealed in a Gamescom interview with GameStar today.

“We’re thrilled that gamers are looking forward to diving into The Elder Scrolls Online and we’ve been working hard to deliver the game that fans want – one that’s worthy of the Elder Scrolls name,” Matt Firor told GameStar in the interview. “Choosing the right business model is part of that. We are going with the subscription model for ESO.”

“We’re building a game with the freedom to play – alone or with your friends – as much as you want. A game with meaningful and consistent content – one packed with hundreds of hours of gameplay that can be experienced right away and one that will be supported with premium customer support. Charging a flat monthly (or subscription) fee means that we will offer players the game we set out to make, and the one that fans want to play. Going with any other model meant that we would have to make sacrifices and changes we weren’t willing to make.”

“The Elder Scrolls Online offers unlimited play for the first 30 days with the purchase of the game. The choice is yours to play as much as you want; hundreds of hours of content, PvP, etc – is all there for you to experience with the base purchase of the game. If you want to continue playing for hundreds of hours more after that first month you’ll pay a flat fee for continued, unlimited access to the game.”

You can read the full interview here and sign up for an upcoming closed beta at the official website.

Elder Scrolls Online is slated to launch in spring 2014 for PC, MAC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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