(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The Elder Scrolls Online is finally ready to launch and publisher Bethesda defends the decision to keep the MMORPG game subscription based.
In a recent interview with Games.ON, Bethesda’s VP of Marketing and PR, Pete Hines, says keeping the subscription fee was the “right decision” and was a mutual choice between the publisher and developers.
“What’s going to determine whether or not it succeeds or fails is not really tied to what anyone else has done, it’s tied to ‘do we make a strong enough argument for the value that you get for your fifteen dollars?’. 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,” said Hines.
He continued by saying the success of the game comes from the players, if they feel they are getting their money’s worth then they will stick around after the free 30 day period.
“The subscription is irrelevant. The initial purchase is exactly the same as any other PC game because you don’t have to pay for the subscription until your 30 days is up.”
The Elder Scrolls Online will be available for PC players on April 4th and an Xbox One and PS4 version is set to be released sometime this summer.