In the most unexpected move of the century, Bethesda Softworks have announced that The Elder Scrolls Online will be removing its subscription model, instead going on a buy-to-play model. With release on PS4 and Xbox One scheduled for June 9th, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited will provide players with hundreds of hours of gameplay after a one-time purchase. Those currently playing on PC/Mac will be initiated into the new scheme on March 17th. Optional downloadable content will be made available to purchase, should players want to.
Game Director of The Elder Scrolls Online Matt Firor commented on the move away from a monthly subscription,
“We know that Elder Scrolls fans want choice when it comes to how they play and how they pay, and that is what they will get. We have made numerous changes to the game over the past year, and are confident this is a game that Elder Scrolls fans will love to play. Players can explore Tamriel with friends, battle creatures, craft, fish, steal, or siege. The choice is theirs. The game offers hundreds of hours of gameplay with unlimited adventures with one single game purchase. We can’t wait for everyone, whether they’ve played before or will be experiencing it for the first time, to begin adventuring in The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.”
As a personal supporter of games without subscription models, I’m incredibly happy with the move.
Make sure to check out the third and final part of their CGI trailer, The Confrontation.