Well the speculation is over. The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) is officially dropping its subscription on March 17th for the PC version of the MMORPG as the team at Zenimax preps for the console launch of the game on June 9th. ESO will still offer an optional subscription that will allow subscribers to get all released DLC content, in game bonuses, and a monthly crowns allowance to spend in the game’s cash shop.

From the team at Zenimax:

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited includes all the great gameplay from the original PC/Mac game, plus all the updates and content additions, including the exciting new Justice and Champion systems. All existing PC/Mac game accounts, open or closed, will be updated to the Tamriel Unlimited edition in March and former players will be invited back to the game at that time to experience all that is new in the world. New players will make a one-time purchase of the game and play, without restrictions, for as long as they like – without game subscription fees. Tamriel Unlimited will be supported with special, optional downloadable content available for purchase and an in-game Crown Store for convenience and customization items. Regular updates and new gameplay will be offered to all players to enjoy free of additional charges.

Check out Zenimax’s livestream today at noon Eastern time for the full breakdown.

Since this moves the game to a “buy-to-play” model for those that don’t currently own the game, we won’t be covering the game on this site so I’ll just close with, “Yes, Jason. You were right.” 🙂

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Mike "Magicman" Byrne has been a part of the MMOBomb family for years and serves as the site's current Editor-in-Chief. His love for MMOs and gaming in general has led him to covering games for numerous websites including Gamebreaker TV and XIV Nation where he proudly displays his fanboy flag for FFXIV:ARR.

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  1. Gomez on January 29, 2015

    80Gb for this MMO? no thank you. Within this space I can fit Conan, GW2, APB, Dragon Nest and many others.

  2. ImInYourPie on January 25, 2015

    Hi, i bought the game for 20 euros but didnt activate it because asked for subscription even for the free 30 days so i decided to wait for it to go b2p. Will i have to buy a new game or will this box and this code be valid?

    • someone on January 27, 2015

      Xmmm….I would enable the key 5 days before the B2P.

  3. Nark on January 24, 2015

    Will be interesting to see how long it take before ESO goes F2P or shut down?

  4. TheMountain on January 23, 2015

    Stay classy…MMOBomb. Just cause you play cheap games on a beige box that can’t even run Windows XP is no reason to act like white trash.

  5. TheViper on January 23, 2015

    Honestly just wait for it to go on sale on steam, saw it for around 20-30$ a couple of times if u wanna try it out.

  6. michael on January 23, 2015

    they just need to make this game f2p after u buy it

  7. Echoless on January 22, 2015

    Ah so I have to buy the dlcs that come out too, like dcuo where you can’t get good gear unless you purchase the dlcs and so on…No thanks.

  8. Grims Bane on January 22, 2015

    Pulls out wallet and throws money at Zenimax, now they may have my money.

  9. Sir Jaxxy on January 22, 2015

    Though I respect MMOBombs stance to not cover titles with a “buy-to-play” model I would ask that you relook at this decision. I think that if the “buy-to-play” model was better covered on gaming sites that also cover F2P that publishers would take a more serious look at this model for future games. It is working very well for TSW and GW2. In many respects the “buy-to-play” model is the ideal pay model for larger AAA titles that can’t afford to risk the Free to Play model and need the rapid ROI to keep stoke holders happy.

    • TheMoutain on January 22, 2015

      What is this an intelligent voice of sanity in this sea of non-sense called MMOBomb posters?

      • Themoutain on January 22, 2015

        What is this an attempt at a witty joke?

      • Themoutain on January 23, 2015

        I have an announcement for everyone; I am the classiest person on MMObomb. I am so classy that I give away handjobs for free at truck stops to anyone and everyone because that’s the kind of person I am. I even swallow loads with a smile. The classiest. That’s me. I am also a little contrarian fggt who loves the c0(k in my arse.


        The one and only Themoutain (with no N because I am so classy)

        • karnaij on January 24, 2015

          Its not classy to swallow hoe lol

  10. Called It From Beta (Prophet) on January 21, 2015

    Game will go f2p sometime next year when people stop playing because it’s still going to be trash. Next on the list to go b2p/f2p is ShitStar, I mean WildShit, sorry WildStar.

  11. Powerslave on January 21, 2015

    HAHA seen this coming ages ago, So many people screaming it will never got F2P/B2P subs rule. I say this to you HA FREAKING HA.

    • TheMoutain on January 22, 2015

      WOW….Can you give me the lottery numbers to Nostradamus?

  12. asdasd on January 21, 2015

    saw angryjoe’s review….never touching this game =-=

    • TheMountain on January 21, 2015

      I saw a Angry Joe review once….and I will never watch another.

      • I saw your mom…..damn she a ugly crackhead.
        ~I don’t get tired~

        • themountain on January 21, 2015

          I saw my father’s junk and it changed my life. I now like men and sticking hamsters up my arse.

          • TheMoutain on January 22, 2015

            Ahh yes, the class of MMOBomb always comes threw. No wonder you guys have to play free games. With skills like that no one is going to hire you, so you are stuck playing the free games on a beige box. Enjoy your sorry life!

          • Buggy on January 25, 2015

            @THEMOUNTAIN with spelling like your I would give you a slow clap seeing that your mind just goes “Through the window” with your creativity especially with spell checking on these comment boxes.

      • KainDarkfire on January 22, 2015

        Basically this. My experience might have been even worse, it was him defending SC5.

  13. Megan Rain on January 21, 2015

    Make it nasty.

  14. lordNoX24 on January 21, 2015

    I bought this game the same day it came out. Was playing it for 2 months and it was very fun to play. I stopped playing because the EU server was situated in US and i got so much lag that i couldn’t PVP at all. And the castle sieges….oh god…..everyone was teleporting and rubber-banding left and right, it was a freaking clusterfuck of a laggy mess. The core gameplay was fun though, questing was fun and dungeons were pretty hard to solo and that was part of the fun. Also classes are quite unique with a lot of room to build them to your liking. I know they fixed this game up a lot and i’m glad they decided to go the B2P way 🙂 Will definitely be playing this one again. The PVP and the castle sieges are super fun (well when you’re not lagging into oblivion) 😀

  15. Terranova667 on January 21, 2015

    Glad to see it go B2P rather than do a EA /Bioware with SWTOR and make it F2P with major restrictions which was my fear, I think i may pick this up and see how it is once the B2P converstion is done choice is do i go PC or PS4.

    • Riccardo Tavano on January 21, 2015

      Err…it ll have major restrictions… “will still offer an optional subscription that will allow subscribers to get all released DLC content” just like SWTOR, story stuff is free…rest behind paywalls, what makes it fun is that you pay for the game too…
      And ofc they ll make expansions you will have to buy anyway xD
      But what people actually have to fear, is the cash shop…They already put P2W stuff when it was P2P, with stronger mounts and the imperial faction…fear what they can do now.

      • TheMoutain on January 22, 2015

        “They already put P2W stuff when it was P2P”….WTF?????

    • Anoxio on February 21, 2015

      You always go PC console is so bland where PC always gives you the upper hand as long as your rig and fingers can handle it your limited with a paddle unlike a keyboard and mouse with unlimited macro abilities but that’s just my thought I have played skyrim on both console and PC and always enjoy the PC version better plus with the rite rig you can’t touch the graphics on the PC version they are amazing and just feels a lot better

  16. Curty on January 21, 2015

    I think we can still have some hope with Wildstar, right?

  17. ay on January 21, 2015

    Should have been like this since the beginning, i might actually try the game now.

  18. Cryght on January 21, 2015

    i bought the game, back on preorder. lost my p.c access during my free time x.x but its really sweet ill be able to just play again

  19. Henry Lu on January 21, 2015

    B2P? Well that’s the next best thing. Might go down to Futureshop to pick a copy up before the B2P conversion. They’re practically rotting on the shelves right now,