To become the one true emperor of the console MMO, ESO needs to maintain a player-base large enough to support its decision to isolate console servers. How can developer Zenimax Online accomplish this? Learning from history.
I really think there is a debate to be had about whether or not Subscriptions are a good or bad thing. I was against them but I've softened a bit. I'm a PC gamer, so I respect the fact console gamers have issues with them. However, in regards to the "quality" of the playerbase, there is no substantive difference between the two. Douchebags exist regardless of payment model. I really bought in to this argument until I recounted my experience over the years and I really couldn't see the difference. In my experience, "niceness" doesn't scale with the amount of money spent. Besides, F2P players can easily pay as much or more than a yearly sub.
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