Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind unlock times announced

If you’re of a certain age and disposition, one of your main concerns might be: when can I return to Morrowind and pretend the past fifteen years never happened? Steady on there, creaky clogs. You might know The Elder Scrolls Online [official site] will launch its Morrowind expansion on Tuesday June 6th and you might have seen ZeniMax Online muttering about launch times but wait! It’s essentially already out!

As of Monday, anyone who pre-orders Morrowind can play it now. You might want to wait until the 6th for reviews, and the larger number of players which should follow those, but if you really want to party like it’s 2002 you can.

Note: The original version of this post was confused by ZeniMax’s terrible terminology (who calls an expansion an “upgrade”?) and missed that Morrowind is basically already out through its PC-only ‘early access’ scheme. I was bamboozled by a console-focused announcement. What a fool I am. Woe is me. But if I made this mistake, possibly you did too. Let’s learn together, chums.

The official launch will come at 10am on June 6th in the UK. That gives plenty of time to eat a 2002 breakfast (Coco Shreddies), listen to some 2002 music (Sugababes or Atomic Kitten, or there’s always Nickelback), put on your 2002 togs, and settle down for a simpler life.

The Morrowind expansion adds the lands from The Elder Scrolls III to Zenimax’s MMORPG, see, along with all the quests and monsties and whatnot you’d expect from an MMO expansion.

When our Alec visited Vvardenfell in beta, he was whipped back in time and felt like he was home again – with some reservations.

“Don’t get me wrong, there’s stuff I’m not keen on – I haven’t enjoyed the dialogue, many of the respawning monsters incline towards the generic, character movement and combat feels a bit artificial and there’s a distracting layer of MMO metagame and microtransaction guff throughout – yer archetypal ludonarrative dissonance, there (Drink! -Ed). For all that, I’m having a passably Elder Scrollsy experience in a prettied-up Vvardenfell, and right now that turns out to be exactly how I want to spend my time.”

The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind costs £30 as an expansion for existing players, or for newcomers Zenimax sell a £40 edition including the base game too. TESO dropped subscription fees years ago, remember, so that’s all you’ll pay.


  1. Syneval says:

    Actually, early access has been active since Monday for everyone who preordered the upgrade, including those who preordered the basic 40 euro edition.

    • Alice O'Connor says:

      Oh for goodness sake! It didn’t cross my mind that when they said ‘upgrade’ they might mean ‘expansion’. Who does that!

      Thanks for pointing out my mistake. I’ve corrected the post a bit.

      • Rosveen says:

        ZOS desperately avoid using the name expansion because they stubbornly claim they “aren’t like other MMOs” and don’t want us to compare Morrowind to traditional MMO expansions – for the simple reason that the comparison would be wholly unfavorable to them. So they didn’t want to sell an expansion, but also couldn’t sell a DLC (because then ESO+ would have false advertising) and ended up using at least three different terms that literally everyone except ZOS automatically translates to “expansion”.

  2. Seafoam says:

    What’s gooood n’wah?

  3. Chaoslord AJ says:

    “Returning to Morrowind” would for me need more than placing a silt strider in a MMO.

    Like give obscure quest directions, no map pointers.

  4. stringerdell says:

    i have fun memories of Morrowind and Id rather keep them in the past than jog around a sprawling map killing 10 whatevers and spamming emotes

  5. Pizzzahut says:

    Why would they not make this stand alone? No one is going to buy Elder Scrolls Online now and no one bought it in the first place.

    • Smoof says:

      It is “stand alone” sort-of. You still pay a flat $60 and get to play everything.

    • Ivory Samoan says:

      If you call 8.5 million box sales (it’s not F2P, obviously) “no one” then yeah….no one has bought ESO lol.

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    particlese says:

    I will take a couple hours this weekend to just wander around Vvardenfell looking at things (probably no quests, and mostly not actively seeking fights), and anyone else who’s interested in figuring out what “multiplayer Morrowind where many of the residents sport moon shoes” might be like is welcome to join me. There will also be more gamey gameplay that you’re welcome to join, too, of course, but I’m really looking forward to dedicating time to exploring after dabbling in the beta a bit, and I reckon a few others might, too. I’ll post details in the RPS forums once I sort out the timing.

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      particlese says:

      Posted! This Saturday(US)/Sunday(EU) at 8pm CEST for those who’ve preordered, essentially, and again sometime shortly after the non-preorder release.

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    Aerothorn says:

    It’s supremely weird that reviews are embargoed until two weeks after people have been playing the release version(off the top of my head, I can’t recall this ever happening) but at least all the reviews will be done and edited by the sixth, eh?

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      Aerothorn says:

      Actually, for that matter: CAN Zenimax embargo the reviews? Like, I understand that restriction as it relates to early copies given to journalists as review copies; but couldn’t a journo just play the same Morrowind everyone else is playing and write a review of it in a week?

      • Jstn says:

        Sure, but then the next time Zenimax is deciding whether to give your publication early access to code for The Elder Scrolls VI or Fallout 5 or Prey 2, they CAN just say, “Nope, no code for you–buy the game yourselves when it hits Steam, you’re not welcome to our press events, we won’t send you press releases, and good luck getting interviews with any of our people.” So that’s a pretty big discouragement to breaking release dates even when the game is out in the wild. That being said, any publication that went that route would have fantastic journalistic independence.

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      particlese says:

      Is there an embargo, though? MMO Examiner and MMORPG.com (for example) have reviews or reviews-in-progress, and Alec already gave us some thoughts about the beta release, presumably under special agreement. (see link in this article)

      If it’s an embargo on more thorough reviews, though, then yeah, I’m with you on that. It’d be tempting to chalk it up as yet another mental spasm of ZOS and BethSoft’s publishing parents Zenimax. They really ought to get that checked…

  8. Ivory Samoan says:

    Been playing this for the better part of the week, it’s pretty darn good really. Feels great, good stories and they have very much nailed the TES feeling now (as opposed to vanilla ESO, which was terrible in most areas).