The Elder Scrolls Online Release Date has finally been confirmed by Bethesda Softworks to be April 4, 2014 on the PC and Mac. The publisher also revealed that the consoles version is going to take more time, with the game hitting the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in June 2014.
The release dates announcement was accompanied by a new trailer entitled “War in Cyrodiil,” which features player vs player action ranging from small skirmishes to large-scale sieges.
Unfortunately for many, myself included, The Elder Scrolls Online is going to launch with a paid subscription where players will have to first purchase the game for $59.99 and then shill out an additional $14.99 per month. The first month though is going to be free for all and the subscription will commence from the second month.
Many have grown accustomed to free-to-play titles which incorporate micro-transactions. Guild Wars 2 saw to great success with that. BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic started with a paid model as well but ultimately had to go free-to-play, which in turn grew its popularity.
ZeniMax Online previously stated that the game’s high development cost restricts them from making The Elder Scrolls Online free-to-play. Whether the MMO will prove to be successful remains to be seen.