While it's pretty standard for massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) to charge monthly for player's continued access, some had held out hoping that Elder Scrolls Online would be different. In an interview released today by GameStar, Matt Firor, General Manager of Zenimax Online, confirmed that the game will indeed carry a monthly subscription of $14.99 after the first 30 day free trial that comes packaged with the game.
"We're building a game with the freedom to play - alone or with your friends - as much as you want," Firor said, "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 reason most people are taken aback by this news is the simple fact that the Elder Scrolls Online is going to cost $60 a launch, way more than comparable MMOs such as World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2. While the $15 a month subscription fee is certainly stomach-able, the launch price is more than most are used to paying.
"We'll go into details on this later, but the basic monthly charge will be $14.99/€12.99/£8.99 and expect some discounts if you buy multiple months at a time," Firor continued, "We'll also support game time cards as well as a variety of payment methods."