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Elder Scrolls Online price, biggest issue for players?

We spoke last week about players mixed reactions so far to the Elder Scrolls Online beta, with opinions being divided on many factors. One of the most negative comments from a lot of gamers was the cost of the subscription, will the Elder Scrolls Online price be the biggest issue for players wanting to join in on launch?

As it stands the monthly subscription cost of the Elder Scrolls Online has been set at $14.99, an extremely premium price for an online game. Many people have condemned this charge and questioned whether the game would be providing value for money. It is possible that no matter how great the game is, players will not be prepared to stump up that amount of cash each month.

There has been plenty of praise and positive feedback for the ESO too, which shows that there is a very large fan base willing to take part. The question is whether Bethesda will budge on the price and offer a cheaper subscription, with potentially less benefits, or they offer a cut down free to play version to give non beta players a taste of what they would be paying for.

Whilst there will be a large amount of people happy to pay the $14.99 a month subscription, giving those who can’t afford it no option but to either pay or don’t play feels quite ruthless. There are many other similar free or cheaper online options out there, so the ESO may want to be careful they do not lose a big following before they have even launched.

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For any gamers planning on buying the Elder Scrolls Online for PS4 or Xbox One in June, this $14.99 subscription is NOT included in your PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live package and will have to be paid separately each month. Given that paying for 3 months of the ESO subscription equates roughly to a years worth of Xbox Live membership; you can see whether the argument is coming from.

It seems unlikely with the April 4th release not so far away that the price plan is going to change; it may only be after a few weeks of launch that Bethesda sees a poor subscription take up and is forced to offer cheaper fees or an alternative to players. Some might simply point out that if you can’t afford it then don’t play, would that be a fair assessment?

If you are planning to boycott the Elder Scrolls Online over its price or for any other reason, then let us know if you have an alternative option. Is the price the biggest issue for you?

Written by Matt Tran

Matt has a passion for technology, gaming and social media, whether its using it or writing about it. He joins the Product Reviews team having graduated from the University of Greenwich in 2013, after completing an honours degree in Building Surveying. Matt will mostly keep you in the loop on gaming, tech and gadget news.

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Anti Slaver
Anti Slaver

You mean like world of warcraft? One of the most popular game in the world

Jeff
Jeff

If i buy a game, your making money. I’m sure there is going to be expansions, so more money. We shouldn’t have to pay a game company for a game disc and then pay them every month for the right to play said disc.

OOZING
OOZING

Screw subscriptions and screw f2p. Diablo has been quite successful with the buy and play format. It is the ONLY way to go.I am boycotting ESO after having bought all the other games. And Eso has already blown the matter. By launching with the subscription model they have alienated millions of players like me that will not return. Greed is NOT a virtue.

Damien
Damien

They need to pick a lane. Either it’s $60 to play @ $0 per month giving you unlimited re-playability of the content you payed up front for with occasional expansion packs released at whatever price point they merit again with unlimited replay at no extra charge. Or, it needs to be a flat $15 per month fee with no initial pay up front fees for unlimited monthly play. But the best option….. …the most successful option, business wise, would be free to play/start and then if you like the game, there would be a myriad of purchase-able missions/content that you… Read more »

Ben Shalashaska Cross
Ben Shalashaska Cross

I don’t want to boycott it, as i love The Elder Scrolls and want to play it on my ps4, but i am on the national min wage, for the UK and i cannot afford to pay for ps plus and TES Online, Zenimax, must realise this, why not do micro transactions and stuff, because most most console players simply connot afford that

DSpite
DSpite

I used to spend $4-$6 on coffee a day in one place I worked … I cut down a bit when I realized that I was spending more on that then my monthly net sub 🙂 I do agree that $15 a month seems a bit off, coupled with an initial cash purchase, but it is REALLY dependent on what content they will offer. I think we all agree that if new decent content was constantly being injected, many of us (big fans of ES games) would def play this, and I think that our unwillingness to pay $15 a… Read more »

Reality check
Reality check

If you have issues paying for this game, you need to focus more on making money and less on playing games

Common sense
Common sense

Console players will be paying $59.99 + tax JUST for the game disk. 4 months of ESO at $15 a month is $60. Therefore, console players should get 4 MONTHS of full access when they buy the game, not 1 month. What a joke of a rip-off. I don’t know what the price for pc players will be for the game, but whatever it is for them to just buy the game, then they should have the same rate. ie. $30 for game – 2 months of access free, $45 – 3 months, etc…

Nick Barone
Nick Barone

I will not be buying this game if I need to pay a 15$ fee every month. Considering I don’t even know how the game plays or anything. I think they should, with purchase of a new copy of the game, give maybe 3 free months. Or at least one free month of the game. That seems reasonable.

Sam
Sam

Guild Wars 2 doesnt have a subscription, just buy it once and then you’re done. Why is that so hard for Elder Scrolls Online to do?

E Jeffrey
E Jeffrey

I would have been picking this up as a console release, and while I understand the need for subscription fees for RPG’s having to pay a secondary fee on top of the one needed for PS+ makes it an invalid option for me. As someone already highlighted, 220 a year including PS+ membership isn’t a price I’m willing to pay.

Kristoff
Kristoff

I’m not a big Elder Scrolls fan, I enjoyed Skyrim and spent a good few hours on it, thought it was a great shame there was no online option. Now they’re bringing out a version that can be played online, but it will cost $15 a month to play? Sorry, but as a casual gamer, I pay my xbox live fee, I buy my games. I thought it was a rip off when you bought a second hand EA game and had to then buy a new EA season pass because the previous owner had used it. I liken this… Read more »

Mark Jinks
Mark Jinks

not many games I was looking forward too like this one was so excited, NEVER in a million years am I paying 15 a month to play aswell as 40 a year for playstation plus, no way, they’ve ruined elder scrolls for me, ive bought every other elder scrolls there is, this is where my journey ends. 180 a year to play it? the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard for a game cant believe they thought it was a good idea. 220 a year including playstation plus just to play one game, god it makes me laugh

Funsley
Funsley

ESO was going to be the first GREAT console MMO…. but the price has effectively killed that prospect for me. Way to screw up a great idea.

Moodini
Moodini

I’m a dad with two kids who are great fans of Skyrim on xbox 360 and all played for hours. We have two xbox ones in our house (soon to be three). However there is no way that I will be paying out for three subscriptions each month on multiple xbox ones to play ANY game, however much we enjoy it.

Dawn Brogan
Dawn Brogan

That amount of sub fee would be in line with the WoW model. I have played quite a few MMO’s that were meant to challenge WoW’s fan base and they have all become FTP, like Rift, SW:TOR and The Secret World. I think asking for that amount of money, for what will be a semi bug ridden game is just too much. I won’t be rushing into that kind of financial commitment any time soon. I think GW2’s idea of pay once, play forever is good. Also, Elder Scrolls vs Skyrim is way more playable than just another MMO which… Read more »

men
men

that is absurdly expensive

narsilienn
narsilienn

It sounds like there will be a 30 day “test” period when you first purchase the game that is free of a $15 charge, and then for further months you will have to purchase the subscription. Here’s what ESO’s FAQ page says: Players must purchase The Elder Scrolls Online in order to play it. They will have unlimited access for the first 30 days following activation and can continue beyond that with a subscription of $14.99/month Basically saying that there is pretty much a free test period, though you still have to purchase the game at full price first…did I… Read more »

Revan
Revan

I could understand charging for it because of the live support etc. I would even be willing to pay a monthly fee, but not $15 a month. I could see a model of $30 for 6mo and $50 for a year, but that’s about the limit. I hate the games that are free to play, but give you the option to buy additional stuff. those games are usually INCREDIBLY unbalanced. If you have $Money to spend, you can get better stuff, whether it be characters, armor, skills, or even gaining experience faster. I would much rather prefer the free to… Read more »

KajeLyte
KajeLyte

I don’t like how you will have to pay for the game… to pay for the game. An up front cost then they slap you in the face with a subscription fee? And they say they are working on getting Xbox Live to not charge the Xbox Live fee along with the ESO fee but do they not realize that people who are planning on playing ESO on Xbox One will more than likely have other games they will want to play using Xbox Live as well? So what is the point of excusing ESO players of an Xbox Live… Read more »

smashingveto
smashingveto

To say if you dont want to pay dont play is wrong. I feel that if I am paying for the game plus paying for xbox live I am already out money there. To charge people for a disc to play the game and then charge them a fee to play it is just BAD business.

Rizza razor
Rizza razor

Any FTP game or p2p as you decide totally unbalances a game to the point of no fun. I waste 15 on coffee everyday and that’s before lunch. 15 dollars for quality is absolutely nothing when nothing of quality has released since eq1. Don’t want to pay? Then don’t play but to cater to people who want something for nothing is just bad business and bad gaming for the rest of us

g
g

The overwhelming subscription fee is by far the biggest issue for me and many of my friends. As a student, my money is limited greatly and I do not think that I am the only student to suffer from this issue. If they were to relieve the burden of such an arduous fee, they will have a significantly larger following (particularly for PS4 and Xbox One players who will hopefully have the fee removed altogether).

Lizbet
Lizbet

Why not just offer a reasonable amount for an entire year subscription instead of fifteen a month? It seems more reasonable and you’re still getting your money. Just have us pay yearly. Reasonably. You have a large enough fan base, so I don’t think that’s asking for too much.

joe
joe

Any f2p is TRASH. I will NOT play ESO if it’s f2p. You are paying for quality updates and live support.

Alfred Anderson
Alfred Anderson

Yes, watching the game development, but I’ll wait for a lower price. I dropped WOW because of the ongoing subscription. I dropped SWTOR because of the ongoing subscription. Now I only play Free-to-play games. I do spend some money, but like having the choice. And I can play different games, instead of all just one to get my money’s worth. I plan to play SWTOR more in the next 6 months because it is now free-to-play. I won’t be playing ESO until it costs less. My favorite game right now is “World of Tanks” and I do spend money playing… Read more »

C.Martin
C.Martin

and FYI you dont need to pay the playstation plus fee if you dont want to, its only on xbox that you will need both to play the game., so on ps4 if you just want to play F2P games like (DC univers or PS2 or ESO) you dont need playstation plus.

and i tried alot of f2p mmo, and i get bored because they dont offer much for free players, it will be my first time paying sub fee for a game and i will gladly

Apoll
Apoll

So the sub isn’t an issue on WoW or EvE Online (or Darkfall, UO, DAOC) that are pretty “old” games, but is for TESO which is a new game? Isn’t that bit double standards? We do not want another Pay2Win (err) F2P game. Dozens are there, go and play them. Argh forgot. They are all shite. As Shadowbane became, when switched to F2P also. Until then was amazing game. TESO is the first game that seems good since 2001 when DAOC came out, and until that one got ruined with the Catacombs expansion. If you cannot afford TESO, nobody forces… Read more »

Robert Smith
Robert Smith

I could handle $15/£9 a month, tho’ I wouldn’t be happy about it, I’m a firm believer that once you’ve bought a game you shouldn’t have to keep paying to play it. That said, I would pay that now, but if a cheaper option, or even free option, came along, I’d happily downgrade, even if it meant losing “benefits”… After all, I’m interested in playing the game, not socialising, I’d be perfectly happy playing it offline were it an option.

Weaselsnuff
Weaselsnuff

I think the $15/mo fee is a GREAT idea. The last thing we would need is a huge collection of free-to-play WoW 10-14 year old kids ruining the game. Can’t afford it? don’t play it. And don’t ask mommy to foot the bill for you, either.

MDS
MDS

$15: the issue that’s not an issue… Except for those sites looking to create controversy to get more hits.

Alex
Alex

it has happened before with most mmo’s putting out a game with a subscription fee, but sooner or later they will give an option to play for free. Until then i and many other people will just hold off on buying the game. i think that it is a mistake to make fee and that it hurts their fan base a lot, before they announced it i was all for buying the game and playing the elder scrolls (witch has always been a single player) with my friends. but i just dont feel like wasting money on a game, i… Read more »

Dexter Rivens
Dexter Rivens

Funny people pay $249 or $99 for a game + collectors editions for 3 or four titles a year. Why is $15 an issue?

Chris
Chris

I predict that by the time the console versions are released there will be a $50/year sub fee which is no more than call of duty or battlefield charge for their 4 map packs a year. I’m extremely ecstatic about this game so weather they lower the price or not doesn’t matter to me and I think they do tht to make the game better for their core players. And I’m glad Bethesda and ZOS are focusing primarily on the hardcore TES fans

Gamer
Gamer

I think I’ll hold off because I already pay $15 for wow and I’m not too interested in shelling out the cost for the game and the subscription without even knowing if the game will be worth it. Maybe a free 6 month period (with purchase of the game) would be enough to determine if it’s worth subscribing.

patrick baker
patrick baker

If you don’t want to pay don’t play. Easy as that

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