Does the ESO sub fee feel like a cash grab? Not to Bethesda, it doesn’t.
Bethesda has been feeling a bit of heat over its decision to make Elder Scrolls Online into a subscription-based game. With so many free-to-play titles on the market, gamers say, it’s a bit greedy to charge full box price, add a subscription, and include an in-game store.
But Bethesda’s Pete Hines says otherwise. Claiming that the sub decision was a “mutual choice” between ZeniMax Online and Bethesda, Hines said, “it's the right decision for the right reasons.”
“If we're providing the kind of content people want to see where they're like 'This is awesome, I'm having a blast, this new stuff is totally worth it and I’m having fun', then the subscription totally works. If we're putting out stuff that doesn't make a case for it then we have a problem on our hands and we have failed to meet that value proposition.”
We’ll have a better idea of how players themselves feel on Friday, when the game launches in North America. Keep an eye out!