The biggest problem for me was getting to one of the last main story quests and not being able to complete it because of a glitch. This came after being in a dungeon for almost 2 hours only to have a party member drop at the end; with the issues in group finder, we couldn't get anyone else to join, so we had wasted all that time.
The combination constant frustrations caused me to shelve the game for a time, but the developers knew there were problems and worked to fix them. An in-game store was added where players could spend Crowns to buy various items or features.
This changed the subscription to a Plus membership which includes:. Unlike most games, you can still access all the game if you don't subscribe.
It is also important to point out that the game did not go free-to-play. Topics Zenimax Online Studios. Author: Scott Gilbertson Scott Gilbertson. Author: Gilad Edelman Gilad Edelman. So where do you stand in regards to the recent announcement? By changing its business model, will ESO be ruined as some on the forums speculate? Are the fears overblown? Now that The Elder Scrolls Online will be free to play, where do you stand?
Another side not PtP also allows for a more mature player base, 12 yr old dont have access to a visa. My opinion is to make it buy to play and later make it free to play and add online market items ONLY for visual effect. I think that ESO should be free to play and have extras that players wont need but buy because it just looks cool. Some of the extras would be a cool horse, a cool non-combat pet that follows you around or some powerful armor that isn't the best in the game but close to being the best, thing that will make people put money into.
If it is a free to play game, then there will a be those annoying pay to update things, which most people will not pay. I already know about 15 people just within my group of friends who play games like skyrim and love it, that have already told me if ESO is subscription-based, they will not be getting it. I feel that a good marketing decision for the ESO developement team to make, is for their game to be Buy to Play. I have been addicted to the Elder Scrolls family for well… ever… and have spent more money on it than any other game.
I can honestly say that playing these games for short periods of time gets you nowhere… ive spent hours walking around in a single ruin in awe of its depth and beauty… and luting it of course… so I dont think theres much point in buying 10 hours or whatever a month.
I will on the other hand say that if its p2p at all I wont be buying this Elder Scrolls installment. I feel like if I buy the game… its mine and I should be able to play it whenever I choose for as long as I choose. I will gladly buy any and all dlc and expansions just as I have for years… but thats because once I pay for them they are mine. I fully understand that there needs to be money generated… but hell… arent we talking about multi million dollar corporations here?
I work my but off to afford what few luxuries in life I have. I bought my car… when I want or need… I drive it. I bought my house… I walk in and out of the door whenever I want without having to pay someone for the privilege.
And im pretty sure from looking at all these posts that im not the only one who feels this way. I dont want to sound like an asshole or something but im realy against a monthly fee it will always end up with alot of people who are going for the private servers. And second bringing the MMO to the consoles is a great idea but yeahh the ps4 and the xbox one are going to have monthly fee, so you need to pay that fee first before you can play elder scrolls online and than you have to pay another fee.
If I already pay to play online I am not going to pay another time. I dont remember a famous title like guild wars going bad for a one time payment.
Call me what ever you want this way I will stick with the private servers. You are right. The one time payment is a great idea and they will make plenty of money from any add-ons. Bethesda has been doing a great job of creating a level playing ground for all players and it wouldn't make sense if they gave those who cannot PTP an advantage.
They aren't a typical MMO and would not come out as such. Every game… every download… every add on… since the beginning, bought… but not anymore. I have bought every Elder Scrolls title since the beginning. Every add on… all dlc… bought. But not this time… I'm not paying for a game… then paying xbox live fees… then paying another fee to play the game… it just isn't going to happen. I don't really see how it can be pay to play since it will be on consoles too.
PS4 fans aren't going to want to pay monthly subscriptions. That's why they didn't get Xbox. Xbox fans won't want to pay an extra fee either. So ZeniMax would just be losing customers.
No way is anyone going to be stupid enough to pay to play that game month after month when there's things like, titanfall, the division, watch dogs, dead rising 3, battlefield 4, gta 5!
People will pay to play… Just because you don't doesn't mean no one else will. TES has a huge following and this game is very highly anticipated. Whatever pricing model they choose, the players will pay, I assure you. The pricing model is secondary. Your oblivion and skyrim was so great. I really want to play more of you.
Already done that, World vs World? GW2 also done that. You said this is a long term project, then use membership fee for die hard fans that willing to pay to play. Non member will not be restricted to play the game and will found out that they need to be a member or needs to buy in game Item to support the game because its too awesome. There is no information about the rewards.
My personal opinion: it is possible but I do not think that it will happen. There are 3 million beta sign-ups and tens of thousands will be involved into the test. Too many free game copies. ESO team may reward the most active testers and give them the game. I'm sorry, I was gonna read all the comments to better develop an understanding of what the general consensus is and people's opinions and arguments as well as what has already been said, but Jesus you guys like to right essays on the subject.
So I'll keep this short by just saying that Guild Wars 2 is not subscription based and is the most frequently updated MMORPG right now and they're generally pretty big. They clearly have methods of making enough money to fund consistent teams for frequent updates.
In the end, I think that the subscription model will get them TONS of money and players for the first couple months, probably at least to the end of the year. They're releasing with the biggest open demographic I've seen thanks to the company's games building up to this, especially Skyrim.
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