Bethesda has put an end to months of speculation and announced that players will need to pay a recurring monthly subscription to play its upcoming MMO The Elder Scrolls Online.

Speaking with German-language site Gamestar, Zenimax Online’s Matt Firor said gamers will get 30 days free game time when they purchase The Elder Scrolls Online, after which they will pay a recurring monthly fee of US$14.99.

Firor told Gamestar that a subscription model was better suited to facilitate the kinds of experiences gamers expect from an Elder Scrolls game.

“The Elder Scrolls games are all about allowing the player to go where they want, be who they want, and do what they want. We feel that putting pay gates between the player and content at any point in game ruins that feeling of freedom, and just having one small monthly fee for 100 percent access to the game fits the IP and the game much better than a system where you have to pay for features and access as you play.”

“New quest lines, skills, zones, dungeons - are already in the pipeline,” added Firor. “These things, in addition to our end-game content, PvP, and extraordinary customer service, are all part of making sure we're delivering on that premium service - and that the player feels like they are getting their money's worth.”

The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 next year.