Zenimax and Bethesda Softworks have announced that their MMORPG set in the same world as the wildly successful Elder Scrolls series, The Elder Scrolls Online, will be transitioning this upcoming spring into a buy-to-play model. That means no more monthly subscription fees. Instead, users can pony up a premium fee that gets them DLC, in-game goodies, and other bonuses, but otherwise the game will made free to play online after initial purchase of the game itself.
This comes in anticipation of the games release on PS4 and Xbox One this June, and will follow in the same model. Players on PC who already own the game will no longer be charged a monthly fee as of March. Also, the game will be re-branded as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.
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From the official Bethesda/Zenimax post:
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited includes all the great gameplay from the original PC/Mac game, plus all the updates and content additions, including the exciting new Justice and Champion systems. All existing PC/Mac game accounts, open or closed, will be updated to the Tamriel Unlimited edition in March and former players will be invited back to the game at that time to experience all that is new in the world. New players will make a one-time purchase of the game and play, without restrictions, for as long as they like – without game subscription fees. Tamriel Unlimited will be supported with special, optional downloadable content available for purchase and an in-game Crown Store for convenience and customization items. Regular updates and new gameplay will be offered to all players to enjoy free of additional charges.
Sounds like a bold move that might help improve the success of the game which has under delivered in comparison the Bethesda’s last game, the epic masterpiece Skyrim. Will this move entice you to enter the fray in Tamriel?