theyre so stupid its going to flop in year if they dont at the very least knock the price down to under 10
i know who the hell would pay about $250 for one year’s worth of a game. that’s insane. a game designed specifically for a bunch of wealthy people who love developing their crafting abilities. fuck you bethesda games.
I don’t…understand the issue? That’s standard subscription for an MMO. World of Warcraft or Final Fantasy XIV cost roughly 179.88$ - 200$ annually, 14.99 a month, without considering the expansions, micro-transactions, server changes, character transfers or extended aesthetically purchases. Besides, its standard for many MMOs to have an initial subscription based period at release and then gradually transition into a free-to-play model, as the company is essentially trying to recoup losses made on production — loses they almost certainly will have to endure given that this is a multi-million dollar game, that will require equal investment to insure adequate server space, bandwidth and maintenance. Bethesda isn’t doing anything different, other than offering the chance to play an Elder Scrolls title in an MMO setting.
The price-point might seem a little steep when you’re not used to this particular model, and it may not necessarily work for this game, which is fine. DC Universe Online originally had a similar subscription rate, it failed, and the game went free-to-play with micro-transactions and now is enjoying a solid player base. Likewise, Star Wars: The Old Republic followed the same pattern. Pay-to-play might not be your thing, but you spend about as much buying any random two games throughout the year. (Average console game price averaging between 49.99 to 69.99) Some people simply prefer to invest in the single game.
If that’s not appealing, that’s fine, they’re almost certainly working on another main installment to the series, and there’s still Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim to enjoy.
(As to the comment about WoW, with 6 million concurrent subscribers, another expansion forthcoming and record-breaking beta sign ups after this year’s Blizzcon, its safe to assume Blizzard has no intention and certainly no need to change their subscription model for the foreseeable future. They’re actually just rolling in nerd-money.)
Phew! Here it is folks, cobbled together from two weeks worth of free time. I don’t really know what to say, so I’ll just hope it’s as fun to read and look thru as it was to make.
by paul reinwand, me