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Bethesda Reveals Elder Scrolls Online Release Dates

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The game won't open its doors until Spring 2014.

Bethesda said on Wednesday that The Elder Scrolls Online MMORPG will finally launch worldwide for the PC and Mac on April 4, 2014 (aka 4.4.14). The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions will go live in June 2014, possibly around E3 2014.

"Worldwide demand for The Elder Scrolls Online is extraordinarily high," writes Bethesda's Matt Firor. "This means we need to do a staggered rollout of the different versions of the game to spread out the initial service load and ensure an enjoyable, smooth gameplay experience. It is not only a game we are launching – it is a large online service as well, and our number one priority is to ensure a trouble-free, stable rollout for everyone."

Firor said that game development is "coming along very well," and that the team has completed major systems development. Right now they're polishing the "hundreds and hundreds" of hours of content, fixing quest issues, making combat even more fun and responsive, and so on. The team also plans to spend the next several months "reacting" to the latest feedback from internal and external testers and gameplay data.

"As some of you know, we've been in beta testing for about a year now, leading up to our most recent test in late November where we had over 300,000 people in the game over a 48 hour period," Firor writes. "We've had approximately 4 million people sign up for beta and that number continues to grow. These tests are very important, not only for gameplay feedback, but also to test our infrastructure. Beta tests can sometimes be a little rough when we are testing some systems for the first time with large numbers of players."

Will The Elder Scroll Online, which will be a subscription service without a free-to-play tier, succeed in going up against Blizzard's massively popular World of Warcraft? Several have tried, such as The Old Republic, Age of Conan and Rift, but were forced to introduce free-to-play models to keep some players engaged.

Yet Bethesda has the upper hand; Elder Scroll players have pleaded for a multiplayer component for years. Bethesda has also established a solid foundation of loyal fans over the last 20 years, starting with The Elder Scrolls: Arena released in 1994. Even more, the team is known for creating lush, exquisite open worlds that beg to be opened up to a multitude of players simultaneously.  

In addition to the news, Bethesda released a new video that highlights the MMORPG's "massive" PvP system. This system allows hundreds of players to fight together, and against one another, in a quest to claim the Ruby Throne.

The Elder Scrolls Online - War in Cyrodiil

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    toastybatch565 , December 12, 2013 4:14 PM
    "Yay, another mmo rpg" -said no one ever. $15 a month? Yeah how about no. Just because it says elder scrolls in the title, doesn't mean everyone's gonna buy it.
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    Immaculate , December 12, 2013 3:47 PM
    Where is Fallout 4?
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    Morbus , December 12, 2013 3:49 PM
    This game will tank so hard it's not even funny.
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    Immaculate , December 12, 2013 3:47 PM
    Where is Fallout 4?
  • 13 Hide
    Morbus , December 12, 2013 3:49 PM
    This game will tank so hard it's not even funny.
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    smile9999 , December 12, 2013 3:53 PM
    thats alot of money that will go down the drain, I predict an apocalyptic scale failure for this game :D 
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    toastybatch565 , December 12, 2013 4:14 PM
    "Yay, another mmo rpg" -said no one ever. $15 a month? Yeah how about no. Just because it says elder scrolls in the title, doesn't mean everyone's gonna buy it.
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    XZaapryca , December 12, 2013 4:14 PM
    Played the beta in November. Looks way different than WoW. Kind of liked it. Waiting to see more.
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    racistpancake , December 12, 2013 4:17 PM
    you guys might doubt this title, but I see it as a huge success for bethesda. this is the first "real" MMORPG to ever come to consoles. whether or not bethesda had as much to with this game as they did with skyrim, they would not allow a shitty game to be sold under their name. have some faith goddamnit *stands up in front of flag*
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    Quarkzquarkz , December 12, 2013 4:30 PM
    Where do I sign up for the beta!? I NEED TO KNOW THX IN ADVANCE!! ^^
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    thaares , December 12, 2013 4:49 PM
    Non of which were shity games, well dihounered maybe...anyway eso looks visualy very bad for this generation of games, games that are 4 years old look better only thing that can save them is awesome gameplay
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    maxiim , December 12, 2013 4:52 PM
    Anyone remember this http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Skyrim-Elder-Scrolls-Todd-Howard-MMOG-RPG,13339.html


    Tried the beta...realized elder scrolls just shouldnt be mmo....
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    Hax0r778 , December 12, 2013 5:28 PM
    Oblivion was a great game - a little buggy at launch sure, but more enjoyable overall than Skyrim imho.
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    jackt , December 12, 2013 7:50 PM
    "Worldwide demand for The Elder Scrolls Online is extraordinarily high" <--- maybe they dont know the month fee!
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    Nilo BP , December 12, 2013 8:03 PM
    This article reminded me of why I hate Bethesda games: the horrid mouse lag. Funnily enough, NOW I found that it was the Enemy, vsync, again: http://vivithemage.com/2011/01/fallout-3-and-new-vegas-mouse-lag/

    Proper New Vegas, here I come. (Except that it should have been Van Buren, but I digress.)
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    Dirk_Funk , December 12, 2013 8:21 PM
    I just can't wait for all that immersion to get sucked right out the first time I see someone bunny hopping, or doing some goofy emote, or chatting with all caps on, etc. etc....
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    Antimatter79 , December 12, 2013 9:27 PM
    I've enjoyed the Elder Scrolls franchise, but I'm so over MMOs, and I've NEVER paid for one with a subscription; don't plan to start now. Part of the enjoyment of Elder Scrolls has been the ability to enjoy the immersion of the world, the lore, and quests without seeing hundreds of morons running around in circles making stupid comments, dancing, spamming with item sales, and just turning the whole game into a middle school freak show. No thanks. Give me Fallout 4, and maybe even a new single player/co-op IP, maybe set in ancient Egypt, Rome, or something.
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    Connor Elsom , December 12, 2013 9:46 PM
    We understand you want some information on if we are going to offer buy to cheat items with real money. We would like to inform you that is it actually officially announced that we are not going to have a pay real money for better weapons, mounts and etc. In Matt Firors explanation of our business model and why we are going with the monthly subscription he does say that "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". Don't worry though this is public information that you can and should share with everyone. In this interview is where we got that information. If there's anything further we can assist you with or you need more information feel free to ask as we would be more than willing to help :) .

    Sincerely,

    Dustin and The Elder Scrolls Online Team
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    Executeorder66 , December 12, 2013 10:33 PM
    Game is going to bomb and put Bethesda/Zenimax in a thq situation if here not careful.
    Guild wars isn't subscription most will just stick to that and await fallout 4. IF Bethesda is still around lol.
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    jeffredo , December 13, 2013 1:19 AM
    Huge ES fan, but I couldn't care less about this. Just watching that video made me cringe - typically MMO PvP zerging. I still don't quite believe it won't delay release of single player ES games and for that reason I hate it.
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    elexor , December 13, 2013 1:52 AM
    Have you guys seen the gameplay footage? It's consolized garbage. yet it will sell like hotcakes because of the elder scrolls name and the fact that its on multiple consoles. If your looking for a decent new PC mmo you should take a look at wildstar.
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    Executeorder66 , December 13, 2013 2:28 AM
    I disagree elexor most are saying it looks like garbage and plays just about the same and to avoid it. That and a monthly fee and I think this game will bomb worse then the Star Wars one.
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