ZeniMax Online Studios has announced that its forthcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game, The Elder Scrolls Online, with require a $14.99 monthly subscription fee according to General Manager Matt Firor via GameStar. "We'll talk about further discounts, etc. later, but for now, we are very happy to finally announce our model," Firor said. "It's very simple — you pay once per month after the first 30 days and the entire game is available to you."
This seems to buck current trends in a move to free-to-play models but Firor says that in requiring a monthly fee their able to offer a better game.
"We're building a game with the freedom to play — alone or with your friends — as much as you want," he 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 Elder Scrolls Online is set to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac and Windows PC at a yet unannounced date.