Really guys? I've seen people who have gone as far as saying "Bethesda are disrespecting me! Never buying their game again" and "I'm looking at potential lawsuits right now"
So the complaints thus far:
- If I don't buy an Imperial version, I will never get my Imperial race.
- If I don't pre-order, I will never get to play any race on any faction.
- This game has a sub. It will be F2P in a week.
Let's evaluate the statements. Firstly, we'll start with how ESO isn't going to be paywalled. If you didn't buy an Imperial version or pre-order, it stands to reason those things are going to be achievable in-game otherwise they'd be.. paywalled?
Matt Firor said the game, in addition to the monthly fee, would offer players a chance to spend more on items in an in-game cash shop.
“There won’t be anything like bonus points, but we will have a shop to buy kind of fun stuff and services too like name changes and things like that,” he said.
So yes, there will be a cash shop but jumping on the worst possible scenario of having to "buy" the Imperial race and the any race/any faction functionality? Chill out and wait to see what finishing the Newgame++ yields. Plenty of MMOs work in this framework where you can add the entitlements offered by collectors editions to your account later down the road.
People need to calm down and wait for actual facts. You don't kick your community in the face by forcing them down routes, you give them attractive options that they can CHOOSE to pay a little extra for to have it sooner, much like the horse.
Lastly, am I the only one who thinks a sub model is just fine for games that are actually good and make good decisions? Sure, SWTOR went free, it was a crap game. It had poor business decisions made all around and it did that to survive the crap decisions. Yeah, GW2 was free from the start, it's entire model is based around minor content updates. LOTRO went free, aye, after 6 years? Old games do well to go free, it breathes life into them for a few more years.
I don't go to a restaurant and have a bad meal then become bitter towards every restaurant from that point on - simply put, I never really know until I've tried it or at least read a multitude of reviews. So why would I do it with an MMO when I have no facts to speak of?
So hey, calm down for just a few minutes, hold off on the lawsuits and buy the game you're probably going to buy anyway.