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"The Elder Scrolls games are all about allowing the player to go where they want, be who they want, and do what they want. We feel that putting pay gates between the player and content at any point in game ruins that feeling of freedom, and just having one small monthly fee for 100% access to the game fits the IP and the game much better than a system where you have to pay for features and access as you play."
―Matt Firor

In a move that may surprise Elder Scrolls fans, Matt Firor, General Manager of ZeniMax Online, has confirmed that The Elder Scrolls Online will follow a subscription based model.

In an interview with GameStar.de, Matt explained that charging a flat monthly fee was the only way to deliver the game the fans wanted and the one they set out to make. He elaborates further by explaining that going with any other payment model would mean sacrifices would be required in other areas.

Subscription will be free for the first 30 days with the purchase of the game. After this time, the basic monthly charge will be $14.99/€12.99/£8.99. There will also be the option for discounts if multiple months are bought at a time.

In addition, Matt also revealed they are already working on content that will roll out to players after ESO's launch. New quest lines, skills, zones and dungeons are already in the pipeline. While it's unclear what the exact schedule for these updates will be, the target is to have new content available every four to six weeks.