A lot of MMORPGs are taking the free-to-play route these days. For those unfamiliar, going F2P means that the game is free to play, but will come with microtransactions within the game that charges players for features, items, powerups, and etc., as a means for developers to make money. The good news is that if you do not like the F2P model, The Elder Scrolls Online will be taking the subscription route, but at the same time it seems that they will be adding microtransactions within the game for gamers who don’t mind shelling out a little bit more money for extras.
This was confirmed by the game’s director, Matt Firor (via AusGamers), who revealed that the microtransactions will not be about powerups or anything that gives a player an advantage over another, but rather will sell “fun stuff and services”, such as name changes and presumably cosmetic items like armor pieces that are just for show. Firor reassured gamers that the core game is included in the subscription fee, so fret not!
Recently Blizzard has revealed that they are not opposed to taking the World of Warcraft title free-to-play, although this was merely a musing and not a confirmation, so it’s interesting to see the developers behind The Elder Scrolls Online still believing in the subscription model. What do you guys think? Would you prefer subscription or F2P?