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And so it has happened. The events that are currently unfolding has been carried from mouth to mouth, like a whisper in the night. Alright, maybe it’s not all that dramatic. We all saw it coming after all, but Bethesda has finally announced that The Elder Scrolls Online will be dropping its monthly subscription fee. This doesn’t mean Zenimax is making Elder Scrolls Online free-to-play. You’ll still need to buy a copy of the game to start your adventures in the online version of Tamriel.

The game will also undergo a name-change as part of this refurbishment, and will be called “The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited” (A bit on the cheesy side, but…)  And in 2 months, the world of Tamriel should get a boost in its population, as these changes will go into effect on March 17th this year. The game will continue to be the same, however the subscription fee is gone. It should be noted that the option to buy additional content, such as cosmetic items and convenience items through microtransactions will still be present (Because of course it will)

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Those currently paying for a monthy subscription in ESO will be put into a new program titled ESO Plus which will give players in-game items and in-game currency (which can be used on cosmetic and convenience items). These subscribers will also gain access to all DLC content

In addition to these changes, Zenimax and Bethesda have also announced that console owners will be able to take part in the MMO this June. After a long wait for console players, the console version will be launching on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 9th this year. These versions will be launching with all the content currently available in the PC version, and will also be free of subscription.

Are you looking forward to the changes and will you be coming back/buying ESO now that the monthly subscription is gone? Will you be picking up the console version of the game? What do you think about ESO and how it handled the world of The Elder Scrolls in the MMO format? Sound off in the comments below!

Marc Henriksen

I played my first video game when I was 4 years old and I haven't looked back since. If you can't find me playing videogames, writing, or playing music, I'm probably dead.

  • JigSaw

    I hope it goes B2P like GW2 and The Secret World i dont much like F2P as they tend to be P2W

  • Alex

    Mwahahaha! I knew this would have happened… so did everyone else.
    But I still won’t play it!

  • It will go b2p, this video pretty much confirms it

  • Tyrannikos

    I still can’t find a good reason to even give this game so much as a chance. I never wanted an Elder Scrolls MMO. An ES game with co-op, however, was something I always desired.

    If I had the money to pay for an MMO, it would have to be FFXIV.

  • SevTheBear

    It will live on for a few years and then wither away. This game burned so many fans like Star Wars The Old Republic did.

  • Nick

    I agree with ElderSCrolls with Coop not a whole MMO. That’s all I ever really see people asking for.

  • Black Knigth

    Co-op all the way

  • Spectrumpigg

    Am I surprised? No.
    Hell, when it was first released, I kept telling my co workers to not get the game because it was made by a company that has never made a game. Not to mention when the beta came out it all I heard was just pure horror stories (bots, bugs, glitches, boring game, broken mechanics). Then it got released and lo and behold, all the problems from the beta were present and nothing was fixed.

    Honestly, I have no idea why anyone would give this MMO a chance. It’s a shitty cash grab that just fails at everything and just a general copy of WoW.

  • Nytezero

    Surprise surprise! I most certainly did not see this coming.

    Yea… right. Everyone saw this coming, just like SWTOR.

  • Reece Hardy

    I wanted to play Elder Scrolls, but I have a hatred for repetitive, out of genre mini games. When I played beta, lockpicking was an unavoidable annoyance that had to be played again… and again… and again. Everything was in locked chests.

    If I wanted to play a simple puzzle game thousands of times over, I would go do that, but with a much bloody better, less repetitive game.

  • Sceptrum

    Bought the Imperial Edition at 63% off during Steam sale, so good purchase in case the game gets better. However, when I tried it last couple of weeks, it still felt soulless. It had improved in some respects since beta, but the game just lacked a soul.

  • PossiblyCthulhu

    The problem with an MMO, is that unless you have unbelievably engaging content, a lot of good things about MMOs drain out as players leave – if you can keep players coming back you bring that more social side (particularly in RP servers) back and if that turns into revenue, then you can add more engaging content as time goes on

  • torchie4269

    Seriously, give us The Elder Scrolls VI: Left 4 Dead, and I will never stop playing it.