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The Elder Scrolls Online Now Open for Business

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The wait is finally over for The Elder Scrolls fans.

Bethesda announced on Friday the launch of The Elder Scrolls Online for PC and Mac at retailers nationwide, and on the official online store. The Digital Imperial Edition costs $79.99 via Bethesda and Amazon, and $59.96 for the vanilla version on Amazon.

By purchasing the Imperial Edition, gamers will get to play as an Imperial and serve on any alliance. Gamers receive the Imperial White Horse to mount and journey through Tamriel with increased speed. Imperial Edition customers will also get the Mudcrab Vanity Pet, which will scuttle along by your side, and the Rings of Mara. Players can even craft Imperial gear, and transform any gear the player owns into Imperial gear.

"The Imperial White Horse is purchasable for 1 gold from any stable in the game, as soon as the player starts the game," reads the launch FAQ. "The Mudcrab Vanity Pet will be in the player's in-game mailbox starting from launch on 4.4.14. The Ritual of Mara will be in the player's in-game mail as soon as they start the game--they should simply perform the ritual with their desired partner to get the Rings of Mara."

Players who participated in the beta will receive a monkey vanity pet to call their own. This pet should be available via the in-game mail system on 4.4.14. The Q&A also reveals that beta players can use the beta client; they simply need to patch the client using the ESO launcher.

"We are grateful for the overwhelming response to The Elder Scrolls Online," said Matt Firor, Game Director of The Elder Scrolls Online. "With 5 million people registered for beta, it's clear that a large number of fans are eager to jump online and experience everything the game has to offer. We couldn't be more excited to get it into everyone's hands."

Unfortunately, there is no free-to-play mode. Gamers wanting in on the action will be required to pay $14.99 per month. Other price plans include a 90 day plan which equals to $13.99 for 30 days, and a 180 day plan that equals to $12.99 per 30 days.

What will be interesting to see is Blizzard's World of Warcraft subscription numbers in a month or two to see how much damage The Elder Scrolls Online has done to the MMORPG's subscription numbers. As Matt Firor pointed out, the beta reeled in 5 million beta players, meaning World of Warcraft could see a big drop in numbers as curious gamers take The Elder Scrolls Online for a spin.

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    Morbus , April 4, 2014 4:26 PM
    Ah... To watch it flop...
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    NightLight , April 4, 2014 4:47 PM
    well, i refuse to pay a monthly fee to play games, so this is not for me!
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    Jynxin , April 4, 2014 4:49 PM
    love elder scrolls series would buy if there was no subscription.
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  • 14 Hide
    Morbus , April 4, 2014 4:26 PM
    Ah... To watch it flop...
  • 13 Hide
    NightLight , April 4, 2014 4:47 PM
    well, i refuse to pay a monthly fee to play games, so this is not for me!
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    Jynxin , April 4, 2014 4:49 PM
    love elder scrolls series would buy if there was no subscription.
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    mortsmi7 , April 4, 2014 5:08 PM
    It looks quite drab and boring to me.
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    kancaras , April 4, 2014 5:29 PM
    i havent seen a comunity where eso launch was a big thing. yeah few hardcore skyrim fans bought it, but thats about it. free wide open beta is a very different thing from very expensive product with a lot of competition. 5 mil in beta could become 100k first week sales including preorders.
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    TeKEffect , April 4, 2014 5:36 PM
    Fallout please... With no subscription
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    Jake Lloyd , April 4, 2014 5:44 PM
    I was very excited to check out the game, I still play Skyrim from time to time and loved Oblivion. I got invited to 6 beta weekends and played in the first 4. The game was fun and you could see great improvements every build.With all that said, I haven't picked up the game. Partly due to not wanting to shell out $15 a month when I can play everything else for free (stopped playing WoW a year ago).Second reason is the imperial edition. In no way should a company ever make you pay more to get actual game play changing stuff in a subscription game. You can't have your cake and eat it too.
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    sephirothmk , April 4, 2014 6:35 PM
    Free 2 play within a month.
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    kiniku , April 4, 2014 11:44 PM
    Most of you that even saw it tried beta for a short while and quit. This MMO is amazing. Just wait when the release reviews start coming out. Its so much what's been missing from MMOs in years. Old school MMO'rs will love this in particular. And the PvP is unreal. I was skeptical at first but now I'm a believer. so much fun, detail, depth, and design. I never would have thought.
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    Achaios , April 5, 2014 2:15 AM
    At last, a real medieval fantasy game as opposed to a game based on Kung Fu Pandas, Pokemon, Mangas/Anime and Transformers that is the travesty so-called "WoW". I really enjoy all the hate from the Kung Fu Panda & Pokemon loving WoW fanbois. This means that Elder Scrolls is really hurting WoW. I think that a move away from the retarded Kung Fu Panda/Pokemon WoW paradigm towards a more faithful rendering of a medieval fantasy world is good for true fans of the genre not to mention the awesome graphics versus WoW's modified Warcraft III engine that dates from 2002.
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    csf60 , April 5, 2014 5:11 AM
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    Most of you that even saw it tried beta for a short while and quit. This MMO is amazing. Just wait when the release reviews start coming out. Its so much what's been missing from MMOs in years. Old school MMO'rs will love this in particular. And the PvP is unreal. I was skeptical at first but now I'm a believer. so much fun, detail, depth, and design. I never would have thought.
    Quote:
    At last, a real medieval fantasy game as opposed to a game based on Kung Fu Pandas, Pokemon, Mangas/Anime and Transformers that is the travesty so-called "WoW". I really enjoy all the hate from the Kung Fu Panda & Pokemon loving WoW fanbois. This means that Elder Scrolls is really hurting WoW. I think that a move away from the retarded Kung Fu Panda/Pokemon WoW paradigm towards a more faithful rendering of a medieval fantasy world is good for true fans of the genre not to mention the awesome graphics versus WoW's modified Warcraft III engine that dates from 2002.
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    I was very excited to check out the game, I still play Skyrim from time to time and loved Oblivion. I got invited to 6 beta weekends and played in the first 4. The game was fun and you could see great improvements every build.With all that said, I haven't picked up the game. Partly due to not wanting to shell out $15 a month when I can play everything else for free (stopped playing WoW a year ago).Second reason is the imperial edition. In no way should a company ever make you pay more to get actual game play changing stuff in a subscription game. You can't have your cake and eat it too.
    ESO damage control employees detected.
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    hannibal , April 5, 2014 7:29 AM
    I have seen some good reviews of this game. The bad is that it is very traditional MMO. Same icon bashing as almost all MMOs. The multiplayer content seems to be good. The graphic engine scales very well and you can use quite low end machine to run it, but even 780ti struggles in higher settings! The single player experience has not been so great so far, but every new MMO has been real pain in the... when released, so it will take 6 months to one year to see how this will end. I play MMO game once or twice in a month, so it would cost be 15$ to play one to three hours of this game , so this is not for me. Otherwise quite promising.
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    Martell1977 , April 5, 2014 1:33 PM
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    I have seen some good reviews of this game. The bad is that it is very traditional MMO. Same icon bashing as almost all MMOs. The multiplayer content seems to be good. The graphic engine scales very well and you can use quite low end machine to run it, but even 780ti struggles in higher settings! The single player experience has not been so great so far, but every new MMO has been real pain in the... when released, so it will take 6 months to one year to see how this will end. I play MMO game once or twice in a month, so it would cost be 15$ to play one to three hours of this game , so this is not for me. Otherwise quite promising.


    I was in the Beta and at 1080p was running it at the max settings allowed (not sure if they are higher ones now) and I'm rocking a Radeon 6870.

    The game is Ok, but I didn't care much for the interface overall. People need to remember that this is only the PC version released, the Xbone version is coming in July IIRC, so I think sales will jump quite a bit once the console version launches.

    I played WoW from Burning Crusade and quit a few months before Cataclysm launched, and WoW pretty much burned me out on MMO's and I wont pay monthly for any game ever again. Same as I wont buy pieces of games ever again, I bought battlefield 3 and refuse to buy DLC.

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    bystander , April 6, 2014 10:08 AM
    Just realize this is not Skyrim or Oblivion. Those two are single player games. MMO's are not single player games, and if you approach them that way, you'll be very disappointed. These are Massive Multiplayer online games. They are fun due to the people you play with, and that the world is full of people. To make a game work for massive people, the single player experience of Skyrim just cannot work.If you are upset about paying to play, just realize that free to play games are typically more expensive, if you want to experience the game as everyone else does, as they up charge you for everything. The monthly subscription model is cheaper on average, and everyone is the same. There is something to be said for that.Hopefully they didn't fall into the same trap so many other MMO's do these days, and actually make the game where it almost forces you to group. Then people will actually experience the MMO aspect of the game, otherwise there is no point in an MMO.
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    knowom , April 6, 2014 1:52 PM
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    Most of you that even saw it tried beta for a short while and quit. This MMO is amazing. Just wait when the release reviews start coming out. Its so much what's been missing from MMOs in years. Old school MMO'rs will love this in particular. And the PvP is unreal. I was skeptical at first but now I'm a believer. so much fun, detail, depth, and design. I never would have thought.
    Quote:
    At last, a real medieval fantasy game as opposed to a game based on Kung Fu Pandas, Pokemon, Mangas/Anime and Transformers that is the travesty so-called "WoW". I really enjoy all the hate from the Kung Fu Panda & Pokemon loving WoW fanbois. This means that Elder Scrolls is really hurting WoW. I think that a move away from the retarded Kung Fu Panda/Pokemon WoW paradigm towards a more faithful rendering of a medieval fantasy world is good for true fans of the genre not to mention the awesome graphics versus WoW's modified Warcraft III engine that dates from 2002.
    Quote:
    I was very excited to check out the game, I still play Skyrim from time to time and loved Oblivion. I got invited to 6 beta weekends and played in the first 4. The game was fun and you could see great improvements every build.With all that said, I haven't picked up the game. Partly due to not wanting to shell out $15 a month when I can play everything else for free (stopped playing WoW a year ago).Second reason is the imperial edition. In no way should a company ever make you pay more to get actual game play changing stuff in a subscription game. You can't have your cake and eat it too.
    ESO damage control employees detected.
    Perhaps, but his summary of WoW is spot on. He's right about it being good for medieval fantasy genre and gamers as a whole getting away from the over vivid cartoon looking Blizzard graphic design stylization. Getting back to more gritty fantasy graphics is good for the genre because most of us gamers aren't 12 year olds. Blizzard fan boy detected!
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    gibbousmoon100 , April 7, 2014 12:14 AM
    Let me get this straight. A retail price, and a monthly fee, AND a pay2win transaction right out of the gate? Way to triple-dip, Bethesda.
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    jaber2 , April 7, 2014 8:46 AM
    I played beta, lets just say I played less every beta weekend until I didn't play no more, nice try eos but you need to play other games before making a new one, see what people want and expect for new mmo
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    permanoob , April 7, 2014 9:38 AM
    For those that have played, how many bear a**holes do I need to collect to complete the first quest? When you move on to the second quest in the quest hub, how many skunk pelts do you have to collect?
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    ammaross , April 7, 2014 10:22 AM
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    Let me get this straight. A retail price, and a monthly fee, AND a pay2win transaction right out of the gate? Way to triple-dip, Bethesda.

    By pay2win, I'm assuming you are talking about the Imperial Edition? Any Race on any Faction is not a game-changer (per se, unless you're an RP diehard), nor is Imperial style equipment or vanity pets. The mount IS kinda pay2win, but it's their slowest mount (yes, there's different tiers of mounts) and it's only a stock 15% speed boost to begin with. As for the other two: Star Wars, WoW, and EQ all have done subs. ESO has promised (yeah, grain of salt) to make the sub worth it with regular content releases (we'll see). But at least it isn't as terrible as WoW subs for the SoO patch until xpak release timeframe.
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    gibbousmoon100 , April 8, 2014 6:11 AM
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    Quote:
    Let me get this straight. A retail price, and a monthly fee, AND a pay2win transaction right out of the gate? Way to triple-dip, Bethesda.

    By pay2win, I'm assuming you are talking about the Imperial Edition? Any Race on any Faction is not a game-changer (per se, unless you're an RP diehard), nor is Imperial style equipment or vanity pets. The mount IS kinda pay2win, but it's their slowest mount (yes, there's different tiers of mounts) and it's only a stock 15% speed boost to begin with. As for the other two: Star Wars, WoW, and EQ all have done subs. ESO has promised (yeah, grain of salt) to make the sub worth it with regular content releases (we'll see). But at least it isn't as terrible as WoW subs for the SoO patch until xpak release timeframe.


    Yeah, talking about the mount. I hear what you're saying, and I grant your points, but to be honest it really wouldn't matter to me if it were only a 5% speed gain.

    It's still a gameplay advantage that you pay for with real money.

    That fact alone spoils the fun for me in any video game: the knowledge that I can, *officially* and with the developers' blessing, connect my real-life wealth with my in-game wealth. I (and surely many others) feel that keeping the two separate is absolutely essential for in-game non-vanity material acquisition to give me any sense of satisfaction.

    So, that's my position on pay2win. I also hold the opinion that the fact that Bethesda is using all three profit models at the same time is the icing on the cake, and makes them extra worthy of ridicule.
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