The subscription costs for the incoming Elder Scrolls MMO have been detailed, and no doubt the news will be met with a mixed reaction. It's becoming increasingly common to see MMO's adopt new financial models, with more and more avoiding the traditional subscription system.
The Elder Scrolls Online is not, however, going to be one of those MMOs, and in a recent interview with Gamestar, Zenimax Online's general manager Matt Firor has revealed that the studio are going with the traditional subscription model: "The basic monthly charge will be $14.99/€12.99/£8.99 and expect some discounts if you buy multiple months at a time. We'll also support game time cards as well as a variety of payment methods."
He then elaborated on that answer in an interview with MCV, where Firor stated: ""We feel the traditional subscription is the model that best fits what we are doing with the game. We understand that there are plenty of other payment options out there, plenty of different ways to monetise. And that's fine. I'm not saying free-to-play is bad or anything. It is just subscription is the one that fits this game the best."
The Elder Scrolls Online will be heading to PC, Mac, Xbox One and PS4 sometime in Q2, 2014.