Ranking in at a “Bucky-Barnes-was-the-Winter-Soldier-all-along” on the surprise-o-meter, Bethesda announced today that they are scrapping the monthly subscription service for The Elder Scrolls Online…kinda.
Renamed The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, this edition will see the digital light of day not only on PC and Mac but also on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The PC Master Race will see it a little earlier than my console brethren, with it releasing March 17 and June 9, respectively.
ESO:TU is also kind enough to include all updates and content additions, including the new Justice and Champion systems, right out of the box!
Now, just because the subscription service is over doesn’t mean it’s F2P. New players, on both console and computer, will still have to purchase the base game but after that, oh boy, you can just live in Tamriel for as long as your elven heart desires…and you have a stable Internet connection.
You know how I said the monthly sub was over…kinda? Well, Bethesda’s taking the ol’ SWTOR approach and letting you continue to pay to obtain the ESO Plus option, which is their premium membership club- which sadly, does not have jackets.
With access to ESO Plus you score exclusive in-game bonuses, a monthly allotment of crowns to use in the store and access to all DLC game packs while a member. If you’re still rocking an active subscription come March 17, you’ll be automatically let into the cool kids club for as long as you have time remaining on your account.
“Our fans are our biggest inspiration, and we’ve listened to their feedback on the entertainment experience they want,” stated ESO’s game director, Matt Firor. “We know that Elder Scrolls fans want choice when it comes to how they play and how they pay, and that is what they will get.”
So, what do you think of Tamriel’s newly established, rigorous class system? Will you play it now the subscription fee is gone? Alas, I for one, think I’ll head back to Skyrim. True home of the Nords and haven for crippling knee injuries!