Zenimax Online and Bethesda Studios have announced that The Elder Scrolls Online will require a monthly fee to play.
In an interview with Gamesta, Zenimax Studios president Matt Firor said, “we’re building a game with the freedom to play – alone or with your friends – as much as you want,” said r. 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.”
“The Elder Scrolls games are all about allowing the player to go where they want, be who they want, and do what they want,” Firor said. “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.”
The basic monthly subscription fee will be $14.99 / €12.99 / £8.99, but players can “expect some discounts if you buy multiple months at a time.”
The Elder Scrolls Online is scheduled to launch spring 2014 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Mac.