No matter if it’s winter or summer in your part of the globe, this day definitely reached scorching hot temperature for all Elder Scrolls fans. NDA for TESO was partially lifted today, as Zenimax allowed members of the media to post their first thoughts of the game. We collected some of the TESO press first impressions in this article, but whether you will trust them or not, it’s entirely up to you.
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Zenimax just announced that a new batch of beta invite emails has been sent out. Beta will take place this weekend. Announcement says that the NDA is still in place and you should not share screenshots, videos or information with the general public. I guess this answers our speculation about whether the NDA drops this Friday.
What is peculiar about this beta though is that Curse.com has got 500,000 beta keys to give away for it. You have to become a premium member of Curse (which will set you back USD 4.95 for one month) to be eligible to get that key a full two days before everyone else:
Premium Only: February 4th – 5th, 2014
All Curse Members: February 6th – 10th, 2014
This is the first time that anyone else other than Zenimax is providing a way to enter the ESO beta and we can only hope that these types of giveaway will become more abundant as we approach launch day. Here’s to hoping to see a new beta weekend every weekend for the next two months so everyone can experience the game and stress out the servers in preparation for launch day mayhem.
The Elder Scrolls Online unveiled today long awaited release date for PlayStation 4 and XboxOne – June 30, 2014. Players can choose between two editions: Digital Standard Edition, at the price of $59.99, 39.99 GBP or 54.99 EUR, and Digital Imperial Edition, which will cost $79.99, 69.99 GBP or 79.99 EUR. The physical Standard Edition for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are priced at $59.99 (€69.99 / £59.99). The physical Imperial Edition will retail for $99.99 (€99.99 / £89.99) on all platforms. Once players purchase the game, they will have unlimited access for the first 30 days and can continue beyond that with a subscription of $14.99/30 days (€12.99 / £8.99).
Starting today, The Elder Scrolls Online is offered for pre-order on official TESO web-site. The game is offered in two packages: Digital Standard Edition, at the price of $59.99, 39.99 GBP or 54.99 EUR, and Digital Imperial Edition, which will cost $79.99, 69.99 GBP or 79.99 EUR.
Click here to learn what’s included in each edition
After the long awaited new gameplay video, Bethesda stunned us with another incredible announcement.
Today they revealed the voice cast for The Elder Scrolls Online and, well, there’s certainly more than one actor in that line up that you know and love. On the announced TESO cast list there are John Cleese, Bill Nighy, Kate Beckinsale, Alfred Molina, Lynda Carter, Michael Gambon, Malcom McDowell, Peter Stormare, Jim Ward, Jennifer Hale and Kevin Michael Richardson, among others.
TESO was today marked with “Mature” rating by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. Bethesda’s new MMORPG got this rating for having some of this elements in the game: blood and gore, violence and sexual themes, strong language or use of drugs and alcohol.
In a public statement, developer ZeniMax said that they aren’t satisfied with the decision, but confirmed that they plan to honour this decision by the ESRB. This is the complete announcement from the official TESO facebook page:
The ESRB advised us that it has given The Elder Scrolls Online a Mature rating. While we may disagree with the ESRB’s determination, we do not plan to challenge the rating, and we are unwilling to change the game’s content to achieve a different rating. The game we have created is the one we want our fans to be able to play.
As a result of the ESRB rating, we are in the process of promptly updating everything with the required rating and age gates, including game trailers, web sites, and ads. Thanks for your understanding. We can’t wait to welcome players into The Elder Scrolls Online soon.
Fans already started supporting the developer in a decision not to make changes to the game in order to obtain different rating. This way, ESO will be one of the few MMORPG titles to have Mature rating, which creates a question – how will that really reflect on age structure of players?
Zenimax Online Studios decided to treat fans today with the new video showcasing group gameplay. In the video, three members of the development team, Paul Sage (Creative Director), Nick Konkle (Lead Gameplay Designer) and Dan Crenshaw (Dungeon Lead), showed how the group content will look like when the game is finished.
Bethesda and ZeniMax Online Studios unveiled today ESO release plans. The Elder Scrolls Online will be available worldwide for PC and Mac on 4.4.2014 and for PS4 and Xbox One in June 2014.
In the text below Game Director Matt Firor shared his thoughts about upcoming launch:
Have you always thought something would make an awesome emote for an MMO, only to never see it pop up in a game? Would you be willing to film yourself doing something silly if it won you a chance to get some sweet ESO swag? Well, here’s your chance.
The developers of ESO want you to help come up with their newest emote! All you need to do is take a short film (60 seconds or less) of you showing off your sweet emote moves. If the developers like it enough not only will it be coded into the game, but you will win some cool prizes as well! Those who wish to participate must send their submissions in by the 27th of this month, so hurry up and get those submissions in!
To see the announcement for yourself, as well as a full list of the contest rules, head over to the official ESO page to check them out/
During a recent interview with the website Gamestar Matt Firor, General Manager of ZeniMax Online, revealed that The Elder Scrolls Online will use a purely subscription based business model and forego any free-to-play options.
When asked why the the studio has chosen to go with this model, despite more recent games being unable to survive on a subscription based game alone, Firor had this to say;
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% 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.
A one month subscription to ESO is going to run players $14.99/€12.99/£8.99, though there will likely be discounts for players who purchase more than one month of gameplay at a time.
How do you feel about ESO being subscription based only? Let us know in the comments below.