There’s something brewing in the realm of Elder Scrolls Online. More and more Australian retailers are pulling the game from the shelves, according to Games.on.net. After EB Games doing so last week, now it’s both Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi that are taking the games off the shelves “until further notice”, as a source from JB Hi-Fi said.
A source at Harvey Norman also claims that this isn’t the standard procedure, saying that “all game cards and copies were pulled out of Harvey Norman, and the ONLY reason that would happen is because it has become a free product”. The source added that they had seen paperwork confirmation of the clearout and that “if it was being brought out in a different format, it’d have a price drop, not a recall”. Elder Scrolls Online is coming to Xbox One on February 24th, 2015, as Zenimax recently announced.
Adding this sudden and unexplained removal of the game from physical stores with the removal of the 6-month subscription, it could all lead to a business model change, to free-to-play or even buy-to-play, Guild Wars 2 style, but this one seems less likely.