Microtransactions In Addition to Subscription In Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online will have an in-game shop using real-world money for various things, hinted at being cosmetic and outright stated as not being core to the game.

It was only yesterday we received the announcement that The Elder Scrolls Online will be using a monthly subscription model for its players.  One would expect the next few days of ESO discussion to revolve around comparisons of different payment methods and models, with some people certain the game will fail if it isn't free-to-play while others insist the subscription method is the way to go.

This discussion might get even uglier, now...

As heated as some people get already when discussing MMO payment methods and merits, today sees the announcement that The Elder Scrolls Online will have, in addition to its monthly subscription, an in-game shop using real-world money for players to purchase things in.  The announcement stresses these items will not be core to the gameplay and will include things like haircuts, but the inclusion of microtransactions at all is certain to be more than enough for many to condemn the subscription fee even more severely.

Frankly, as long as they keep the microtransactions limited to cosmetic items, such as the mentioned haircuts and possibly some unique-looking apparel it does not seem like it is particularly unexpected or unreasonable.

Just don't make us pay to have more than two or three characters, please.

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Published Aug. 23rd 2013
  • Stephen Johnston
    Microstransactions should allow Zenimax to be a bit more creative with the cosmetic side of the game since they can see direct indications of what people like, while the subscription allows them to fund high end development of the game that takes more investment. If they maintain the wall between those two areas then gamers should not have a problem.
  • Kazz in space
    Featured Contributor
    Subscription got me excited (f2p is a sign of a game on it's arse imo) but in-game store makes me nervous, not a fan at all of that being available even for a subscription based game. That said, if it's cosmetic then maybe no big deal? Have to wait and see I guess.
  • Lui Galletto
    Shame, I was really excited for this.
  • Wokendreamer
    Featured Columnist
    I'm still fairly hopeful. This is the first of my major red flags to get triggered by the game, however, so it would be foolish not to pretend it didn't worry me.

    It all depends on what they define as being a 'core' part of the game.
  • DemonicSkies
    This is my second red flag. My first was when I did some math and realized I'd be paying $60 + $180 every year to play this game. So that's $260 for the first year alone.
  • Wokendreamer
    Featured Columnist
    It wouldn't be the first subscription MMO I've played, but the money is definitely something to pay attention to. It makes the entire game less relaxing, knowing you're actively paying for the time spent playing it.
  • Chris Richardson
    As long as they don't over step with the in-game store, I think it's okay. They have to tread carefully following the community uproar about the subscription based system. Having to pay for a character's haircut seems a bit on the ridiculous side though.
  • DemonicSkies
    Amen. WTF Zenimax.

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