Many took The Elder Scroll Online‘s recently announced subscription based payment method as a sure fire bet that at least the massively popular RPG series’ first jump into the online realm would be free from the bonds of microtransactions. But they were wrong!
The Elder Scrolls Online Director Matt Firor confirmed in an interview with AusGamers that his game will indeed have microtransactions, but just for “fun stuff and services too like name changes and things like that.”
“There won’t be anything like bonus points,” Firor said, stating that fees would not be “part of the core game,” and that “anything included in the core game is included in the subscription price.”
There is no word on what the “fun stuff” will be, but we will keep an eye out for whatever horse armor or silly trinkets Bethesda plans to sell for real world money.
Can you imagine the cash flow stacked on top of a subscription based payment plan? Bethesda has not had an easy time convincing its audience that subscription payments are they way to go. This latest reveal is destined to only fan the flames rather than extinguish them. More on this story as it comes.
Between World of Warcraft still clinging to life, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn making a comeback, and now The Elder Scrolls Online sticking to a subscription based payment method, maybe the idea isn’t quite as extinct as we all thought. I think I’ll just stick to Phantasy Star Online 2 if it ever makes its way stateside.
The Elder Scrolls Online will be launching early next year for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.