New Skyrim App Brings 'Free-To-Play' To Cartography

The folks over at Prima Games have released an app for iPhone and iPad that allows you to explore and interact with Skyrim's entire map, developer Bethesda said today on its blog.

Unlike Dragon Shout, the independently-created Skyrim map released last fall for iOS, this map will not be entirely free. Though you can snag the world map and the 9 capital cities without paying a cent, you'll have to pony up for "over 160 interior maps, over 350 primary locations, 200 secondary locations and over 1,000 points of interest," Prima says.

In other words, it's a free-to-view model. Soon to come, the free-to-eat food model complete with a small fee every time you want to digest. And the free-to-breathe model, featuring microtransactions in case you want to breathe for longer than 30 seconds.

Now on iTunes: Skyrim Interactive Map App [Bethesda Blog via Joystiq]


Comments

    Why would they not release this for free? They'll get a few sales but you're better off releasing it for free and keeping people interested in your game!

    What were they thinking?!?

      I hope by 'they', you mean Prima, the developers of this app, whose only other revenue source is game guides, and not Bethesda itself, which did ship a map free with most copies of the game, and has done more free post-game work for this game than any other game in history (that I know of).

      Also: App is Only for IoS
      Also: App is Only available in the US

        Ergh... Blizzard and StarCraft, WarCraft and Diablo all say hello.

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