Elder Scrolls’ road ahead is paved with virtual currency

Elder Scrolls Online game director Matt Firor has posted a lengthy Road Ahead update on the game’s website. He touches on loyalty rewards (including a special mount for players who have been around since the beginning), console release questions and transfer issues, and — oh goodie — the upcoming cash shop.

Yes, virtual currency is coming to Tamriel when the title switches business models in a couple of months, and Firor trots out the usual “customization and convenience” lines when discussing the stuff currently slated for the item mall. He also mentions ESO Plus, which is the membership level that will net you 1500 funny monies per month along with DLC packs and leveling bonuses.

[Source: Road Ahead – Feb.]
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Shadanwolf
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Shadanwolf

AVA has been totally ignored, with no specifics on any new AVA content.So….I cancelled my subscription and returned to DAOC.

samruck
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samruck

Whats I hate the most is games that try to give me every single pay model in one game.

B2P is not enough, they give you cash shop, fun! Oh it gets better! Optional sub! Did I mention about DLC? Damn, you guy are something.

malahide
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malahide

Slimneb

MrPoolaty
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MrPoolaty

Tbh I would gladly pay good money at this very moment to test the console beta… a I’m sure several thousands other would!!!

goettel
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goettel

Tandor Shadewalker Nah, I really didn’t like it.

EvanWeider
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EvanWeider

KiwiRed Valkyriez I bought the Imperial edition off the ESO website for $30 a couple months ago.

JohnT_NC
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Edany (AmberACurtis) Bannex19 Having just gotten my LM to level cap last weekend (finally got around to it), I’ve gotta say I didn’t need the cash shop for anything.  If you want to maximize your inventories (personal/shared/wardrobe/house), it can take quite a bit, but it’s definitely optional.  The game is still easy-mode.  The equipment you get from questing will keep you alive if you just want to stroll your way through.  My legendary staff is just level 85, and my legendary book is only level 75.  That’s pretty sad for a level 100 character, but I haven’t bothered trying to farm/craft something better.  If Turbine sticks to their plan that “starting with level 100 legendaries, they’ll be able to level with you”, then I’ll probably get around to finding something nicer.
In the end, it’s still wonderful to have the ability to explore Middle-earth.  It’s one of those games where you can get out of it what you put into it.  You can reach cap and fall way short of seeing all there is to see.  When it went F2P, it did change, and not in a positive way, but it just reminds me of the dialog from the movie:

Sam: It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it’s only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it’ll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something even if you were too small to understand why. But I think Mr. Frodo, I do understand, I know now folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in the world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.

In terms of LotRO, there’s definitely some good in the world, and it’s worth playing for.

Crow God
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Crow God

As long as they don’t go overboard on what they put behind paywalls, and don’t put gear (OP or otherwise) behind said paywalls.

mrnastybutler
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mrnastybutler

Been saying this game would be better off as a B2P with  a good cash store.  I wish them success in the transition.

Neo_Wolf
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wild_abyss Grimfargo for some maybe, for me I kind of see it this way.  Before it was paying for my crowns per month and giving me temporary access to content (unless I bought it previously).  And as 1 crown is about 1 £ then 1500 crowns per month for a £9 subscription means i’m getting £6 of free crowns every month from my sub.  So it is giving something.

Another angle to consider that many overlook is if there are queues to play then subscribers get preference.  So no wait times too.