In an interview with GameStar, the General Manager of Zenimax Online, Matt Firor, has confirmed that their upcoming massively multiplayer online role playing game based on the Elder Scrolls world, Elder Scrolls Online, will use a subscription based model.
This basically puts an end to all the speculation and rumors about what model Zenimax would use for the upcoming MMO. This is an interesting move given that many MMO have dropped their subscription based models and moved to some manner of free-to-play models.
"The Elder Scrolls Online offers unlimited play for the first 30 days with the purchase of the game. The choice is yours to play as much as you want; hundreds of hours of content, PvP, etc - is all there for you to experience with the base purchase of the game. If you want to continue playing for hundreds of hours more after that first month you'll pay a flat fee for continued, unlimited access to the game."
He continued with, "And it's important to state that our decision to go with subscriptions is not a referendum on online game revenue models. F2P, B2P, etc. are valid, proven business models - but subscription is the one that fits ESO the best, given our commitment to freedom of gameplay, quality and long-term content delivery."
Gamers who purchase the game will get the first thirty days of game play included in the price, without restriction, and then will have to decide if they feel the game is good enough to continue paying a monthly fee.