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News Brief: WildStar and the Elder Scrolls Online

Posted on 8/21/2013 by with 7 comments


This week we had two major announcements for upcoming online games WildStar and the Elder Scrolls Online both are games that I’m really interested in playing.


WildStar was the first to come out and say that they were shying away from the free to play scene and were going with a subscription based plan. The plan is a typical 15 bucks a month the old standard, but as a twist they say that it is possible to earn an alternative in-game currency that can be traded for game time.

Of course they didn’t release any details on how hard this currency would be to obtain. So far all we know is the in game currency is called C.R.E.D.D. or (Certificate of Research, Exploration, Destruction, and Development).

Elder Scrolls Online

Today the Elder Scrolls followed suit and announced there billing model as subscription model only. So they are going with the 15 bucks a month standard, but they would announce discount to this billing model at a later date.

I assume that the discounts will be for people who pay for more than one month at a time.

My thoughts:

Although I will buy and play both of these games at launch with the hopes that both are successful I just hope that the developers haven’t shoot themselves in the foot, by not having a free to play model available at launch.

If I had to predict anything I would bet within 4-8 months both of these games have a free to play plan in place, because some people just don’t want to pay a subscription. If not I’ll be surprised.


So today I ask you, are you willing to pay a subscription to either WildStar or the Elder Scrolls online?


7 responses to News Brief: WildStar and the Elder Scrolls Online

  1. On August 21st, 2013 at 12:16 pm , Jennawynn said...

    I absolutely cannot wait for TESO, personally. I’ve been a fan of The Elder Scrolls since Morrowind, played Oblivion until Skyrim was released, and I still play Skyrim. I’m a Dungeons & Dragons Online player because it isn’t the typical MMO (though I’ve been losing interest as it picks up more WoW-like tendencies). I have high hopes for TESO bucking the trend and becoming a multiplayer version of Tamriel.

  2. On August 21st, 2013 at 12:32 pm , Billy Van said...

    kinda bummed that Wildstar went subscription. Not at all surprised by ESO. Sadly I will not play either. I like the FTP model so i dont feel like i have to play a game, plus i can throw money at the devs with an in game shop. I have done this with Neverwinter, Defiance, LOTRO.

  3. On August 21st, 2013 at 4:48 pm , Chris said...

    I’m bummed me as well, but I’ll wait and see what happens.

  4. On August 21st, 2013 at 2:05 pm , Southclaw said...

    Sad to see this really, to be honest I think Guild Wars 2 has the best plan ever. I always find Free to Play MMO games a bit tacky, I know they don’t try to be “pay to win” but you know, they gotta do something to get people to give them cash!

    That’s why Guild Wars 2 is the best in my opinion, you pay for it like a regular game (for me I think it was £35 some time after release) and that’s it, there are some microtransactions with “gems” but it doesn’t seem to affect the game as much as some others that I played (which have the “buy-with-real-cash” button all over the place)

    But, I hope they become successful, I’ll probably skip out on subscriptions as I wouldn’t have enough time to feel I’m getting my moneys worth, especially being MMO games!

  5. On August 21st, 2013 at 4:50 pm , Chris said...

    I agreed love the GW2 way, but I can understand the subscription if there is enough content and they keep adding content.
    But realistically I cant see that lasting too long.

  6. On August 23rd, 2013 at 10:43 pm , northcountyfood said...

    I don’t game enough anymore to pay $15 a month. As far as free to play I like Neverwinter. Really like the moduals though I wish some one would do against the giants or Decent into the depths of the earth series (but 98% of the players probably were not around then to get the reff.) I did hunker down and buy Space Hulk this week. loved the ps1 game and the board game $30 bucks is a bit high for it but it brings back memories.

  7. On August 24th, 2013 at 9:10 am , Chris said...

    I hear ya, I’m starting to feel that way as well, but I always get games to try and give my honest opinion of.
    Not sure how long I will subscribe to these games.

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