The PlayStation 4 is set to have a few F2P titles on November 15th/29th, but when The Elder Scrolls Online launches next year for the system, it will have a monthly subscription fee, rather than being free-to-play.
Matt Firor, Game Director on TESO, confirmed this news to GameStar, saying, “Charging a flat monthly (or subscription) fee means that we will offer players the game we set out to make, and the one that fans want to play. Going with any other model meant that we would have to make sacrifices and changes we weren’t willing to make.”
Going into specific costs, the first 30 days of online play after you purchase the game will be absolutely free, with a monthly charge of $14.99/€12.99/£8.99 after that. Discounts on multiple months are expected, and you’ll be able to buy game time cards, along with numerous other payment options.
Talking about how the console versions of The Elder Scrolls Online will have the same “graphics, engine, content, etc,” Firor also let it be known that they’re already working on post-launch content for the game (quest lines, skills, zones, dungeons). Timing is still being finalized, but they are planning on updating the game every 4-6 weeks with new content.
Looking at 2014, we can expect to hear PS4 beta news early in the year, and on the topic of PC and console versions being released the same day, Matt said, “This is something else we’ll talk more about early next year as we finalize our launch schedule.”