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Submitted by Ryanbob 723d ago | opinion piece

Give 'The Elder Scrolls Online' a Chance

Analog Addiction writes:One quote, as over-used as it has become pretty much sums up how I see The Elder Scrolls Online, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. If there is one thing that really grinds my gears after playing through the closed beta for The Elder Scrolls Online, are people saying it is a “sub-par Skyrim”. (PC, PS4, The Elder Scrolls Online, Xbox One)

Douchebag696  +   723d ago
Most people seem inclined to give the game a chance but they're hung up on the constant drain on their bank account. I love RPG's more than any other genre of game but even I question whether or not paying a monthly fee is really worth it.
Ryanbob  +   723d ago
Yeah like I said in the article, the subscription model may be their downfall. I reckon it will eventually go to free to play, especially if they don't have a large amount of players.
Austacker  +   723d ago
Disagree completely.

Perhaps the 'free to play' model is preferred by those on a low budget, but any gaming adult who's on a working salary will not hesitate to drop a mere $15 a MONTH on entertainment if the entertainment is up to par.

As long as the content is fresh, the support solid and the game entertaining, the sub model will not interfere with sales.

In fact, the 'free to play' model is the kiss of death on a MMO. The support side falls away as there's no financial incentive to keep producing content.

A sub model ensures that the development house will be always focused on delivering value for money to remain profitable.

People are looking at this situation completely wrong if they think 'free to play' is the best way to run a MMO.
AnEwGuY  +   723d ago
@ Austacker..

For me, at least, it has more to do with the audacity of Zenimax to not only charge $60.00 for the game, but also a ridiculous $15/mo., JUST TO PLAY THE GAME. This is their very first MMO, being dev'd by a brand new, unproven studio. Bethesda is only on board as publisher, and to help with continuity. No indie could get away with that, so why should they?

If the game was free to download, and carried a $5-10/mo. sub fee, I might consider making it my first MMO. Look at the $$ MS rakes in with XBLG...@ only $5/mo...and they're not even supplying any real content for that fee. If TESO launched for only $30, and $5/mo. sub, they'd KILL ; they'd probably sell 10 million units (more than covering initial costs), across all 3 platforms, and be pulling in $5 mil/mo. After they're established, they could make the game itself free, and maybe even justify upping the sub fee. They're just being too greedy out of the gate, and not seeing the big picture.
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kazuma999  +   722d ago
11 million sub for wow when all exp = over 50$ each
AnEwGuY  +   723d ago
Nope...I'm just (impatiently) waiting for Bethesda to announce TESVI, and the next Fallout. I don't do MMOs, and I sure as hell won't pay a monthly fee to play a game I already bought.
Detoxx  +   723d ago
I would, if it were not for the monthly fee.
Droidbro  +   723d ago
You can't exactly give this game a chance without putting down an ass load of money. The first 30 days cost $60 and $15 a month there after? I much as I love the Elder Scrolls, I will never support this type of sales model. Pick either a one time payment or monthly charge.
Ryanbob  +   723d ago
Yep, it will most likely have to change its model because at the moment they may not meet the game population they want.
Douchebag696  +   723d ago
Would the lack of sales/game population not be an incentive for a developer to drop the project all together? What I mean is instead of changing their model wouldn't they be more inclined to quit supporting the game?
isarai  +   723d ago
only if it goes free to play because i have yet to see anything in this game worth paying a sub fee for. Hell i've seen and played free to play games better than this.
KrisButtar  +   723d ago
1st I want to say I am getting this game. The problem with ESO is they have done wrong and I think they are deserving of all the bad press.

They advertised the game as "Skyrim with friends" which is not true in so many ways. They should have advertised it differently IMO because that "idea" brings a lot of problems to the table.

Putting the Imperials behind the pay wall, and it look like they are going to be the best tanks in the game because of racial abilities.

Putting the any race any alliance behind the pre order.

They said explore all of Tamriel, the map is not even finished and they are releasing the game.

The main problem, the $15 monthly subscription

I can afford the sub considering I buy somewhere between 12-20 games a year plus DLCs but chances are I will play this for the month until my 30 days are up and move on. I have done that with every subscription game I've played not sure why maybe I don't see the value/worth in them.

TBH I don't really want the game to go F2P as I've seen what companies do to nickel and dime and I wouldn't play it at all.

In the end I think MMOers will like this new MMO but the single player TES fans will skip it or try it and then ditch it because of some of the points above.

Maybe if the game was Skyrim trying to be a MMO instead of a MMO trying to be Skyrim things would be different?

Edit: What you think will happen when if the console version fails to get subscribers but the PC version is doing OK. Will the Sub be dropped on the console versions or will the PC players support what little player base there is on the consoles.

Edit2: PM if outta bubbles I wouldn't mind hearing some different views
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Douchebag696  +   723d ago
Maybe I'm remembering wrong but didn't they first start preaching this game as F2P?
KrisButtar  +   722d ago
From what I remember they would not comment on it but I remember rumors of it being F2P
NintendoYouth  +   723d ago
snobs on here like to say...
"if your a rich adult, $15 isnt that much a month!"

yeah but geez we pay $66 for the game, and then we have too pay $15 every month after that? thats insanity.

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