Elder Scrolls Online Will Be Pay-to-Play
There was a huge variety of exciting announcements at E3 and many members of the gaming press had their first opportunity to sample the world of The Elder Scrolls Online, however it’s not all good news. The question on everyone’s lips “Will The Elder Scrolls Online be free-to-play?”. If you asked me a week ago, I would have said yes. The current success of pay-to-play titles is under question and even the biggest names in the P2P genre have been transferring to alternate subscription models. However, after an interview with President of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida, I’m fully expecting The Elder Scrolls Online to be pay-to-play on the PC platform.

“I apologize for the financial burden on our users, but on PS4 it’ll also provide early access to beta versions, free games and discounts like on PS3 and PS Vita. In addition to that PS Plus members will receive for free a special edition with slightly reduced functions of DriveClub.”

“While direct competition in real time won’t be possible [without PS Plus] for instance in the case of DriveClub, asynchronous online gameplay and receiving data from other players will still be free of charge.”

Nothing unexpected there. To expect a console game to feature any form of free multiplayer is asking a lot in the current economical climate surrounding the gaming industry. However, it was another quote that has led me to believe The Elder Scrolls Online will be pay-to-play.

When asked about the PS Plus requirements for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn & The Elder Scrolls Online he said:

“You will need it to enjoy online multiplayer. This will also depend on the judgement by the publishers, and there will be some free to play titles that you’ll be able to play without needing a PS Plus subscription, like PlanetSide 2 and DC Universe Online.”

PlanetSide 2 and DC Universe are both currently available as free-to-play PC MMO games so it’s not surprising to see the same payment model on the Playstation 4. However, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be a subscription-based MMO game, leaving The Elder Scrolls Online as the only game mentioned that hasn’t already confirmed the financial model. He did say that publishers will be responsible for the final choice but I think these statements all but confirm The Elder Scrolls Online as pay-to-play.

Update: It has now been officially confirmed. The Elder Scrolls Online is Pay-To-Play.


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  1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1john carmack
    June 17, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    Are you for real? All the guy is saying is that you will need a PS+ subscription to play these games online not that you will need to pay another subscription for these games to be played, All you have done is manipulate the quotes and your heading to get hits, Sort it out guy.

    • -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Blaine
      June 17, 2013 at 10:18 am #

      I should have made it clearer. The pay-to-play model will be used on PC, that’s my opinion. It’s confirmed to be a premium service on Playstation 4, as chosen by Bethesda. Logic would suggest that they will also get PC players to pay for the privilege to play. Why would any publisher/developer force a cost on one platform and not on another?

      • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Tanner
        June 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

        but what if it’s like GW2 where you buy the game once and you get to play it for as long as you want. this is an Elder Scrolls game after all not originally an MMO they might just stick to regular game pricing. here is my question. did you consider this? did you rule it out? if so then why?

        • Vote -1 Vote +1Adronicus
          June 20, 2013 at 9:21 am #

          With all the funding put into it by investment capital and Zenimax to make a AAA MMORPG, there is no way this game is going to be buy it once and play it as long as you like. Zenimax made a strategic decision when it launched its online division that it wanted a significant return on investment and that is one of the ways Zenimax convinced Providence Equity Partners to put up $300 million in 2007.

        • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Will Dixon
          July 22, 2013 at 1:29 am #

          The F2P business model is more risky than the P2P model, in terms of a steady monthly income, enough to satisfy investors and stock holders alike.

          It’s a delicate balance, one that not many people (players basically) are aware of.

          The few companies who do use the F2P model are the ones that gets their backing from the publishers, who hosts their games. It makes it cheaper for the developers but in turn they don’t get much in return compared to P2P model users.

          You can claim that F2P is better than P2P or B2P all you want, but in the end it’s up to each individual to decide what’s best for them… If you don’t like P2P, don’t play P2P games, stick to F2P or B2P, it’s really that simple. But don’t demand that this/that game should go F2P without doing any form of research on the industry and how things work.

          At the end of the day though, for a F2P game, you’re prone to spend more money each month than what a monthly subscription fee cost for a P2P game, and that’s a proven fact that has been proven time and time again with each new “F2P” title being released. No game is ever really, truly 100% free to play if you want to progress in the game you’re playing.

          Finally. $14 isn’t really much these days, and you make that in what, less than an hour of work?

          Yet, the F2P fanboys who’re crying that a monthly sub is too expensive, waste ten times as much money every month. Go figure!

          • -1 Vote -1 Vote +1oblivion
            August 12, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

            What about those people who are like me abroad for university. I have played ALL of the Elder Scrolls from Arena to skyrim from battlespire to redguard I have played all of them so naturally I was waiting for TESO in fact it was most most anticipated game of this decade. I will not be playing it if it is over $10 a month.

  2. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1kjeltan
    August 1, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    It sounds like you think P2P is a bad think. To be honest, I cannot seriously play a F2P game because I can never expect to be able to keep up with people who have funds far in excess of what I could possibly come up with. F2P is just one way to say pay-to-win. That’s how I see it. Whereas a game that is P2P or B2P sets everyone on even footing, allowing advantages only to those who invest excessive amounts of time into the game, not who has the biggest pocket book. I would not have an issue of being taken apart in a pvp battle by someone who spent time earning their skills and equipment. I find it eminently distasteful to get beaten out by a person who joined yesterday and bought all of the best stuff.

  3. Vote -1 Vote +1Dan
    August 17, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    If it’s not the Guild Wars 2 model (buy it, play it, only “fluff” in the purchase store – that is, cosmetic only, optional items) I’ll not be playing it – and tens of thousands of people will be with me on that.

    I’ve no issue with paying full price for a game, $50-$70 is reasonable; I do take issue with a publisher expecting in excess of $200 annually for a game title. Even WoW (the pioneers of P2P style gaming) are going free, because they’re hemorrhaging customers.

  4. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Elena96
    August 21, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    How about NO.

    I am tired of getting disappointed in you Zenimax.You don’t even care about younger audience who can’t pay for monthly fee.You talk about freedom and P2P model in a same sentence?!Where in Oblivion is logic in that(probably in Shivering Isles)?!Not even that,but some people in this world don’t get that big paychecks and there is economic crisis.Why would you lock some of the content for players at all :O?!There are other ways for you to earn your ****** money,you greedy pigs and still keep the game balanced.P2P model doesn’t mean quality content every month and we learned that from SWTOR,which is pretty much done for…

    I will probably get flamed now,corrected by grammar nazi or even mocked cause i live in a country that bankrupt…

    Yes,it’s that country that starts with ”G”.

  5. Vote -1 Vote +1Blaine
    August 21, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    Hate to be the bearer of bad news guys. It’s official. Elder Scrolls Online will be pay-to-play:


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