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The Elder Scrolls Online

4 years ago

The Elder Scrolls Online Drops Subscription Fees

When a new MMORPG launches, one question nowadays is: how long until it ditches subscriptions or goes free-to-play? For The Elder Scrolls Online [official site], it's been eleven months. Zenimax's unremarkable MMO take on the sprawling fantasy series stopped charging subscription fees yesterday, as planned. You'll still need to own a copy to play, you simply won't need to pay extra, like Guild Wars 2…

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5 years ago

Tamriel Gets Real: The Elder Scrolls Online Ditches Subs

"I told you so" is an ugly attitude, but it did seem unlikely that even a name as big as The Elder Scrolls could get away with a big-budget monthly subscription MMO in this day and age. Long-established games are still getting away with it, but this is Generation Free and it's much harder to lure people away from the many and various online entertainments…

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Elder Scrolls Online Getting NPC Theft, Dark Brotherhood

So, how about that Elder Scrolls Online? It sure is... um. It sure has... er. What I mean to say is, well... at least it looks nice. I really, honestly think it could've been great too, and maybe it still can be with time and work. Lots of time and work. Is Zenimax Online on the right track? It looks like we'll find out sooner rather…

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TESO Superstore: The Elder Scrolls Online’s Marketplace

There is no hammer time in The Elder Scrolls Online, unless you count the mashing of monster-skulls with war-mallets. If you want to sell your ill-gotten gains though, you'll notice that there's no auction house in Tamriel. To trade goods and equipment, players have to work within guild stores, although exchanges can now operate through a newly opened fan-created Marketplace. I quite like the idea…

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Oh So Cinematic: The Elder Scrolls Online’s Launch Trailer

Alien shapes swarm across a once-majestic landscape, now fractured and ruined. An endless battlefield unfolds before our eyes. A struggle against surely-impossible odds, yet camaraderie pulls us together. Death. Chaos. Madness. We field terrible weapons which may save the day but at what cost to our our humanity? From all this, a lone hero rises, the only one who can save us all. The Elder…

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6 years ago

The Elder Scrolls Online Is Really Very Expensive

Good gravy, Zenimax must have a lot of money. (Which only fits my firm belief that a company with a name like that is going to be behind the great zombie outbreak.) A sprinkling of their vast coffers has been used to create a very luscious cinematic for The Elder Scrolls Online, featuring your mum as the big baddie. They release this to mark the…

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Avoid Strolls In The Elder Scrolls: New TESO Video

Sage, Konkle & Crenshaw sounds like a folk band--and who am I to say they aren't--but they are also three developers working on The Elder Scrolls Online. The three of them banded together, as folk tend to do in MMOs, and recorded a little play session, showing-off a little bit of the game's group content. I love wandering the worlds Bethesda builds, but when a…

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Elder Scrolls Online’s Skill System Lets You Be Everything

When I was little, I wanted to grow up to be a fireman and an astronaut and a cowboy and a monster truck and Batman and a shoe and a barn and a machine that could produce infinite popsicles and the head of a moderately successful middle management firm. Eventually, however, I realized that I'd have to settle on just one thing, so I decided…

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In Your Face: Character Creation In Elder Scrolls Online

How do you take your Elder Scrolls characters? Green? Purple? Thick? Lean? With one lump or two hundred disfiguring scars and gashes? These are questions you should probably begin asking yourself - at least, if you plan on playing The Elder Scrolls Online when it launches next year. True to Elder Scrolls tradition, the big, hopefully not bad MMO spin-off will allow for character customization…

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Tête à Tête: TESO Team Talk Alliance PvP

TESO's single player was a little underwhelming when I played it at Gamescom. Sure, it looked like Skyrim, but I suspect that's probably the wrong message to be sending. My feeling is that TESO needs to be its own game, and by mimicking Skyrim it's sleepwalking into trouble. Rather than attempting to trade on Skyrim's success, it needs to be setting out its own stall…

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Zounds! – Elder Scrolls Online To Be Subscription-Based

Hello! Welcome to Bizarro Land. In this reality, I'm British, everyone else is American, my hair is flat and lacking in ambition, Jim hates both snazzy hats and robots, John is an adorable kitten, Adam is very mean and also 100 stories tall, Horace IS FINITE, and Alec is still on parental leave... for a brood of fire-puking spider demons (who strongly dislike repeating game titles over and…

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Mushroom Kingdoms: The Elder Scrolls Online

Oh, The Elder Scrolls Online, now is really not the right time for this sort of behaviour. I see you there, in your thirty minute long QuakeCon presentation, and I can't deny that I was pleased to see it embroidered with mushrooms and mounts, but my mind is still full of Everquest Next. Maybe it's just bad timing. Had it been another day, I might…

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Kwama Shawarma: Elder Scrolls Online First-Person Cam

It's thanks to the heightened perception stat of PCGamesN that I'm able to point you toward footage of the first-person combat in The Elder Scrolls Online. Previous videos favoured a third-person approach to swordplay and spell-lobbing, which caused much disgruntlement, so perhaps this short clip will manage a degree of regruntling? I actually saw the short clip twice and didn't notice the first-person sections at…

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Gambon! The Elder Scrolls Goes Online Next Spring

John Hurt (maybe) earlier, Michael Gambon now... It's only a matter of time before we get Derek Jacobi narrating a trailer for FIFA 2014, or Simon Callow talking about Call of Duty. Gammbers, the Singing Detective and Dumbledore himself, is here today to talk to us about The Elder Scrolls Online, Bethesda's MMO adaptation of their until now distintively singleplayer Tamriel-set RPGs.

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Hands-on: The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online is in the unusual (and perhaps unenviable) position of having to appeal to two kinds of player – fans of the Elder Scrolls series and fans of the MMO. It would be silly to argue against the suspicion that, at a certain point, these two groups must overlap. It’s that sweet spot of the Venn diagram that Zenimax is pitching to…

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Yours For The Looting: Elder Scrolls Online’s Exploration

I must (and have previously, and will continue to) admit that I wasn't overly impressed by what I played of The Elder Scrolls Online. One thing that did take me by surprise, however, was all the random doodads lying around that I could just snatch up. One by one, bristling baskets of apples went right into my increasingly delicious pocket. Bread loaves, too. Oh, and…

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Cold Day In Hell: Elder Scrolls Online’s Evil Oblivion Plane

[This Elder Scrolls Online post/travel brochure brought to you by Got Your Soul Industries, a subsidiary of Molag Bal, the daedric trickster god.] COME TO PLEASANTLY BREEZY COLDHARBOUR. Bring your kids! Bring your significant other! Bring your brittle, tenuously tethered soul... wimsuit! Bring your swimsuit. Yes. You thought Skyrim was Tamriel's number one destination for snow-coated outdoor fun? YOU THOUGHT WRONG AND YOUR LIFE IS…

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Big Hands I Know You’re The One: TESO’s 1st Person Cam

We've got acres of Elder Scrolls Online coverage due to hit you in the face (n.b. this is an analogy for 'reading words on a screen' - RPS solemnly pledges not to hit any of its readers in the face) later today and tomorrow, as Nathan's just got back from playing it, but lest it be drowned out by wordsplosion, it's worth stating THE BIG…

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Surprise? – Elder Scrolls Online Isn’t Meant For First-Person

I can't say I'm particularly shocked by this news, but that doesn't mean I'm not tremendously disappointed by it. In another entry on a snaking tapestry of departures from what makes Elder Scrolls, well, Elder Scrolls, TES Online won't be doing your virtual eyeballs any favors. Yes, there will be a first-person viewpoint, but don't expect any bells or whistles - or arms, legs, and…

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