The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Launched

Bethesda has launched an online MMO of its Elder Scrolls title last year, but it did not receive the attention it had hoped. While it took strong criticism for its derivative and boring nature, it also came with a monthly £8.99 subscription. This made the title go into a slow downspiral.

The poor sales made Bethesda rethink its strategy and came up with the only solution. The company dropped the monthly subscription and players now can buy a copy of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited and play as much as they want, while users who already had a subscription can just log into the game and play as usual. The console port is said to have been delayed until June.

However, Bethesda still needs to make it work and pay for the MMO infrastructure. This is why the company is adding its own in-game shop that will allow players to pay real-world cash for virtual items. It is said that there is still an optional ESO Plus subscription, where users can pay monthly and receive in-game cash, downloadable content and character bonuses.

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Elder Scrolls Online Now Free-to-Play

As of 17th March, MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online no longer requires a monthly subscription to play. As Bethesda had previously announced, the game has become The Elder Scrolls: Tamriel Unlimited, and requires only a purchase of the game, with no further subscription fees required.

Any gamers who have an existing subscription will be given the opportunity to upgrade to Plus membership as well as being gifted a 10% progression boost and a monthly allotment of 1,500 crowns.

The Elder Scrolls: Tamriel Unlimited is due for release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in June.

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The Elder Scrolls Online European Megaserver Migration Happening Tomorrow

The long-awaited migration of the European Megaserver in Elder Scrolls Online is happening tomorrow the 30th of July and will begin at 8:00AM EDT (1:00PM BST) and is expected to last until 5:00PM EDT (10:00PM BST). So if you’re a player on that server you better plan something else to do during that time frame. Only the European server will be unavailable during the time; if you got your character on the North American server you won’t be affected and can game on as usual.

There won’t be any change to any characters or progress nor any patch to download. It is purely a physical location change of the servers to Frankfurt, Germany. Bethesda also said that it won’t be possible to move a character created on the North American Megaserver to the new European server, but the phrasing could hint a possibility for this in the future.

Moving everything to a new data center is a complex operation and is the reasoning for them to do the move during prime-time. “A server move like this involves a large amount of engineers and support staff in both Europe and North America that need to be awake and ready.”

Thank you Elder Scrolls Online for providing us with this information.

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Elder Scrolls Online Arrives April 4 2014 For PC

The Elder Scrolls Online is Bethesda’s latest addition to the Elder Scroll Franchise. The Franchise is made up of a series of Action Role-Playing Open World Fantasy video games starting from the first release titled Arena and the latest release being Skyrim. Bethesda is now moving into the MMO genre and taking it’s most successful series with it. Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls Online will be released on the 4th of Apri 2014 on PC and Mac, although PS4 and Xbox One users will have to wait until June 2014 for the console release. Bethesda made the announcement this morning when they released a new trailer for the MMO which is set in the Elder Scrolls continuity.

The gameplay trailer is titled “War On Cyrodiil” and it shows off The Elder Scolls Online’s large-scale and immersive PvP System.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLcQCkJFsG0[/youtube]

No set date has been released for both the Xbox One and PS4 versions, all we know is that it is coming in June 2014.

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information.

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The Elder Scrolls Online Has Ambitious Five Year Content Plan

Developer ZeniMax Online says that it has an ambitious five year plan to keep gamers interested in the long term and expand the overall game world. Matt Firor, ZeniMax studios’ leader, stated to VG247 that:

“At five hours the art needs to be good, it needs to feel good when you sit down. Five days is the levelling needs to be good, five months is the end-game needs to be good and the five years is the one you’re talking about.”

Firor believes that for The Elder Scrolls Online to be truly successful it must capture the imagination of gamers in the long term. Firor believes that the game is being designed in such a way where the game can experienced great as a “solo” game or as a multiplayer game.

To keep the game fresh ZeniMax Online will deliver new extra content packages as early as one month after the game is released:

“So the other side of that is we’re planning regular content updates and pretty substantial ones like every month to six weeks – we’re working on the actual cadence just now – but we’re already working on post-launch content now.”

The Elder Scrolls Online is going to be a paid subscription MMO game and it will be available in early 2014 for next generation consoles and the PC.

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The Elder Scrolls Online Has 3 Million Beta Sign-Ups

ZeniMax Online’s “Elder Scrolls Online” title is still in development and has yet to enter the closed beta stage. Despite this the upcoming MMO title has received a staggering 3 million beta sign ups already. With such huge demand for what will surely be very limited beta testing places it seems many people will be disappointed until the open beta – if there is one of course.

Matt Firor of ZeniMax Online told PCGamesN that:

“We’ve had well over 3 million beta sign-ups, which we haven’t announced before. You don’t want to let too many people in early, because the game is, frankly, not too good in early beta and you don’t want to expose many people to that, but we’re well into the tens of thousands.”

The Elder Scrolls Online will be launched on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It will be a subscription based game where gamers have to pay monthly to use it. The monthly costs are still yet to be disclosed. The game will be made available at sometime in 2014.

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Many Gamers Prefer A New Game To Having Sex, According To A Survey

GTA V Topped The Survey List

In a not-really-scientific-study conducted by VoucherCodesPro.co.uk of 1442 British people, they revealed some interesting results about gaming and sex. The study/survey spoke with 1442 British people with partners and asked them questions relating to the “trade-off” between gaming and sex. The survey results were quite amusing and as follows:

  • 49% would rather play a new video game than have sex with their partner
  • 32% would opt for sex with their partner instead of playing video games
  • 19% were undecided about picking between the two options because they say it depends on the game

So which new video games were the most popular for pulling people out of the bedroom? Well apparently GTA V was the best, with 71% of people choosing it over sex, FIFA 14 next with 67%, The Elder Scrolls Online with 55% and Splinter Cell Blacklist with 52%.

What can we make of this study then? Well naturally the results should be taken lightly as we know very little about the sampling methods, the kind of people asked and how they were asked these questions. However, the results are still an interesting reflection on Gamers, the state of society and perhaps British people. The question is, would you pick a new game over sex? If you would, which game would you pick? I request in advance that any comments that people write are kept as “clean” as possible! Thanks.

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The Elder Scrolls Online Gets Leaked Gameplay Video

We brought you the news just yesterday of the release of a whole selection of gameplay screenshots from the Elder Scrolls Online game. Today we have something much more exciting, a full length gameplay video leaked from one of the Elder Scrolls Online testers. The video shows some uncut gameplay footage from the new game by Bethesda and Zenimax Online. The game is reportedly showing the beta version, probably being prepared in anticipation of the Elder Scrolls Online beta test which is due to go online at the end of March. If you want to sign up to that beta and haven’t done so then you can do so here

The video demonstrates the character creation screen and then continues to follow a mage character taking on the dangers of the Elder Scrolls Online world. You also get a glimpse of some quests that the game will have and how they are completed. We definitely recommend you have a watch of this video if you are an Elder Scrolls fan. The video is long enough to give you a real taste of what the game is about.

Update: Video taken offline, a mirror can be found here

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/64004925[/vimeo]

What do you think of the gameplay video? Does the game look any good to you? Does this make you want to get involved in the beta of the Elder Scrolls Online?

New “The Elder Scrolls Online” Screenshots Revealed

The Elder Scrolls Online promises to be quite a revolutionary game. It takes the increasingly popular Elder Scrolls series of games, which includes Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, and promises to turn them into a unique multiplayer game. The Elder Scrolls Online will probably be one of the most epic online experiences so far and we now have some screenshots of the new Online game to give you a flavour of what it is all about.

As the screenshots below show the game is looking pretty impressive. There will be lots of Online battle scenes against other players and AI enemies, you will be able to wage these alone or with allies. The graphics are also looking pretty good, Skyrim was known for its easy-to-run nature and we expect much of the same from the Elder Scrolls Online. It looks like the game developers have really brushed up on the textures, particularly of water and vegetation.

A closed beta test for the Elder Scrolls Online is expected to start next month and invitations will be sent out at the end of this month for that. If you are interested in signing up for that then you can do so here.

Apart from that there isn’t much else to say. Enjoy taking a look at the pictures and let us know what you think about the upcoming Elder Scrolls Online game.

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