Forbes Thinks The Elder Scrolls Online Could Be The Biggest Game Failure Of 2014
Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls Online is many players' must play title in 2014 but it's also the potential big video game disaster in the eyes of Forbes. In a recent article, they predict ESO is very likely to fail because the subscription model has already been outdated. ESO is huge project, with an unconfirmed $200 million budget, but big budget project isn't necessarily successful project — take a look at The Old Republic, and the original version of Final Fantasy 14.
"Console players, and hell, most PC players
these days that aren’t die hard WoW or EVE Online devotees, have no patience
for the increasingly outdated monthly subscription model. It’s something almost
never seen across console titles especially, and while TESO might have put up
Skyrim-ish sales numbers with fee-less release, that $15 charge is going to
severely limit their cross-platform audience to only the series’ most devoted
"MMOs as a genre may not be dead yet, but the monthly subscription model certainly is for new entries, and Bethesday/ZeniMax were foolish not to have the foresight to realize this. While it’s entirely possible TESO is released and it blows everyone’s expectations away, that's seeming increasingly unlikely as players have already spent a lot of time with the game and many are coming away less than impressed. It was a strange decision to jump genres from a famed single player series to an MMO, and even stranger to expect fans to pay $15 a month for the privilege."
You can read the full article at Forbes.