Why I’m Not Getting ESO


I’m guessing that by now, everybody interested has seen the standard and collector’s editions of Elder Scrolls Online with pre-order bonuses and box price?


I considered it. I really did. I mean it’s Elder Scrolls in an MMO setting, I’m bound to adore it. I love fantasy. I love MMOs. I love exploration. It’s right up my street. But I’m not happy, guys. I hate the idea of missing out on stuff by not getting the CE (though I assume you can upgrade to the CE later if you decide to), or pre-ordering, and I just can’t justify spending £50 on a game that I’d then have to pay £8.99 per month on on top of that.. We’re on minimum wage in this household. It’s just not a viable cost for us. Even at 20% off at Green Man Gaming. It wouldn’t be so bad if it were buy-to-play, and I’m not even against the idea of subscription fees, I just think that you either charge one or the other, not both.

So I’ve decided that I will not be getting Elder Scrolls Online. Not yet, at least. Yes, it sucks that I’ll miss the pre-order bonus. I like having race options and I’m pretty much “gotta catch ‘em all!” when it comes to minipets, and the explorer maps sound just my thing, but I’m feeling a little miffed that this company would rather charge its’ fans through the roof and give us John Cleese than try to include more people. Surely hiring lesser-known voice actors who would do just as good a job at smaller cost and perhaps charging a smaller box price and.. you know.. not forcing people to pay extra to unlock an entire race followed by a subscription fee as well would be just fine? As it stands, I will not be playing Elder Scrolls Online at launch. I just can’t warrant that kind of money for something I am not hyped up about. I want to play it, but not enough to sacrifice having a comfortable life this month.

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this game doesn’t do as well as they seem to be expecting.. I haven’t said it so far, I like to give games a good chance to prove otherwise but these guys seem to be banking on their fanbase loving Elder Scrolls games enough to make it work for them and not quite realising that putting a price tag on everything is not the way to win loyalty, which is really what’s at stake here.

Sigh. Oh well. I have more than enough to play in the meantime. Just hoping WildStar starts announcing release dates and open beta soon, as that is a game I am much more psyched up for.

Later Addition: Trying to jiggle some finances and see if I can afford it.. but still not happy about that price for a digital standard edition. At all.

5 thoughts on “Why I’m Not Getting ESO”

  1. Decision is even easier for me, the game is absolute rubbish to play. I mean it is so laughingly bad that I can’t imagine they actually are going to try and publish it. I don’t even have to think about how insane the business model is they are trying to tack on. This is such a flop in the making.
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    1. This is where I am with it: the game just looks like a flop. Count me among those who won’t be surprised if this game doesn’t succeed as well as it plans to. It will be SWTOR all over again.

      I’m also firmly against this model. I think for the first time in our lives (my generation of gamers) we are seeing ourselves priced out; we’re not even the target audience for the games that were made popular through our support. The pricing model is bonkers. They aren’t targeting the average gamer, but those in upper income brackets, gamer or not. There’s just no way they think this is a reasonable asking price and the fact that they are far in over their heads with development costs means it doesn’t matter, because that’s the price they need to charge to recoup investment (at least short term; long term they will be F2P and they know it. Its about capitalizing on that initial wave of excited Elder Scrolls fans).

  2. This makes me so sad because I really wanted ESO to be good, but I just cannot get behind this business model. I’m not on minimum wage; I can definitely afford to preorder the CE and pay the sub, but I refuse to do that when there are much better games for significantly less.

    I’m really invested in FFXIV, and I don’t need another MMO. As much as I really wanted ESO to be good (I’m a turbo Elder Scrolls nerd) I just cannot see this working well for them, and I don’t want to play it and be horribly disappointed.

    I’ve decided not to buy. I will try it again sometime before launch and if it is significantly more fun I’ll consider it, but honestly I’m leaning very heavily towards pretending it doesn’t exist.
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  3. I’m in exactly the same boat as you. There has been a few things that made me interested to see what ESO was going to be like, however the box prices alone have put me off.

    I can see this being a game in 6months time I’ll pick up for around £20 on sale, play for a month and leave it be.
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    1. This is precisely what I’m thinking. I will definitely give it a go, and when I do I will likely lament my lack of pre-order bonuses as I do with FFXIV right now, but they just aren’t worth it right now. If it was £30, I’d be more than happy to pop in a pre-order but £50? Nope. :(

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