Elder Scrolls Online slips into B2P mode early

Players patching up The Elder Scrolls Online tonight ahead of its B2P conversion tomorrow are in for a surprise: They can log in early.

Our own MJ Guthrie confirms reports from our readers and Reddit that the North American servers are now allowing players to log in even without valid subscriptions as of tonight. Of course, the game is buy-to-play, not free-to-play, so you’ll still need to have picked up a box. Have fun!

[Source: Reddit. Thanks, Salidar]
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toomanywowclones
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toomanywowclones

SwobyJ Same waiting for Xbox One version.

Cyberlight
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Cyberlight

Hurbster I would lose the beard, though. :P

Hurbster
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Hurbster

Cyberlight Hurbster  I am the prettiest goddam princess out there.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Looking forward to it :). Either some time this year, or whenever I upgrade my PC (this or next year).

Cyberlight
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Cyberlight

Hurbster Yeah I had similar issues when WOW did a major graphical update around WOTLK. In the end I was playing the game so much that it was worth me getting an upgrade. ESO might have to go into the holding bay for now. BTW, nice dress. It really suits you. :)

GoJammit
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GoJammit

So it’s been a while since I played, so I tried a few test shots with my staff completely forgetting about the ability to hit npc’s.  I suppose i got what i deserved.

AvatarOP
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AvatarOP

Hurbster AvatarOP Estranged i played dagger fall covenant, and i assure you aside from a small sudden trip to the desert at some point, all the towns are the same. same castle.

but anyway, just my opinion. this game started to put me to sleep after level 40 when i realized that it is always “more of the same” (graphically, combats, questing). I just didn’t feel the epicness of, for example, gw2 as you get closer and closer to Orr.
or even wildstar as you get deeper into strain territory.

i just find in eso, things are so “small scale”. and it stays that way. not epic enough for my taste, too drab for my taste. i find my brain is slowly becoming dumber the more time i put into this game, my creativity and imagination is not challenged, and “ok” the prod value in the quests is good but after like 200 of them or more it just feels like a quest grind and i learned not to give a damn about the stupid npcs and their stupid problems.

i’d rather fight the risen with the pact or help durek stonebreaker kick butts in strain land.

eso is too “mundane” for my taste.

Hurbster
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Hurbster

AvatarOP Estranged Ahem, lets just take the Ebonheart Pact, shall we. First few areas. It’s funny how two towns built by the same people in the same area might look similar…

First Town  – Dark Elven coastal port. (This may swap with the 2nd town depending whether you do the starter Island or not.
Second Town – Nord Village on Bleakrock. As the name suggests – mainly snow and Ice.
Third Town – Argonian Village – made of mud and plant huts. Plains, rice paddy equivalents.
Exploring the Stonelands – very Morrowind, ash, lava huge ;shrooms and two huge volcanos.
Deshaan – like the Telvanni and Grazeland portions of Morrowind, so grasslands, those big mushrooms again, forest, rivers, mountains and bloody great fortresses.

We actually get to some ‘brown’ now. Mainly green, but some brown in there. Shadowfen. What did people expect ? It’s a swamp. Lots of green, some brown bubbly stuff, ancient Ayelid temples, ramshackle wooden villages and Sangiune’s party place (ahem).

And then we swing right back to The Rift and Westmarch for a jolly old game of Skyrim. So we got the fortress city of Windhelm and Riften which is built an canals. Lots of castles, Nord villages and Manor houses to be found. And vampires.

Look we have all been to Westmarch and the Rift.

So the fact that the towns all look alike is complete load of guar droppings.

Hurbster
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Hurbster

AvatarOP Damn Matheiu, I’ve almost missed you.

Almost.

AvatarOP
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AvatarOP

Estranged the first town you see will be like the second town, that will be like the third and so on. by level 40 you’ll start to convulse and be bored by the drabness of it all. same mobs, same graphics, same slow pace and lame quests.

and then you can tell yourself, that you still have thousand of hours of the same lame questing fighting the same kind of mobs if you want!!

ugh. ..

AvatarOP
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AvatarOP

game is improved (animations are better, graphics a bit too i think).

but its the same old boring questing… level 40, saving cats from the trees and what not, in a zone that looks like the first one i was in, with a castle that is exactly the same layout as all the other castles i visited.

its sad… this game is so big but then.. so DRAB.

eLdritchMD
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eLdritchMD

I’ll wait a few days… no need to get stuck in traffic.. .especially since I have WoWS :D

eLdritchMD
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eLdritchMD

racccoon  congratulations. You have understood that all opinions must be totalitarian and extreme.

welcome to the enlightened age, friend! Would you like to go beat up some subscribers? we’ve already got the mob formed and there’s some torches and pitchforks left.

BryanCole
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BryanCole

Yay, more people to play with.  Finally.  Now I can actually get all the awesome content done instead of twiddling my thumbs, logging off in frustration because no one is around.  Though I think that has more to do with how the game splits up the playerbase so much from VR areas only having VR people in them to 3 factions splitting us in 3 parts.

Dantos
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I actually subbed a week ago, so I could get the crowns when it went live.  I never really had any real complaints about the game.  I think my previous issues may have been class choice and not really knowing how to make the most of my initial character (sorcerer).  I rerolled a templar , since i dont care for pets right now, and staying sorcerer when im probably going to be largely ignoring that tree, and when I want to be able to heal in dungeons, seems like a waste.

Not seeing anything in the crown store right now.  Maybe the Nightmare mount and the rogue costume pack, but thats about it.

One thing I really like is how well optimized the game is.  Im still running an old Phenom II 940 and a 6950 and im still getting near 60 fps outside of popular areas like mournhold with decent settings, I can even get shadows!  Compare that to wildstar where I was lucky to get 20 in the emptiest of spaces.  I know pvp is where the real performance taxing begins, but im not much of a pvper anyway, I have HotS for that.

RooWoods
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usagizero From what I gather from a couple of friends who brought this game last month and have been playing it prior to the buy to play release the answer is Yes .

jealouspirate
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Hurbster Excellent. Guess I better read up on what has changed…

karmamule
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Cyberlight decompiler Yeah I’m lucky enough to have a recent PC and can play at 4k w/everything on max (except AA cuz don’t need it at that res) and get around 45fps.  OMG so very pretty indeed.  It also helps that I love their aesthetic choices too.  Things aren’t overly saturated in general so when you DO get some bright colors on your armor or a colorful bed of flowers they really pop and look fantastic.

Hurbster
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Hurbster

jealouspirate Absolutely

karmamule
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karmamule

Estranged There’s no official controller support but people have been able to get one working thru 3rd-party button mapping apps.  I’m going to get the PS4 version too just to see how it plays.  (Something I can do now that there’s no subscription fee!)

jealouspirate
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jealouspirate

I bought the game at launch and never played past the first month. I take it I can log into my old account again?

Hurbster
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Hurbster

plynky12 Lol, what a cool hipster you are.

plynky12
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Well I’m glad to say that unlike some other posters, my skill points weren’t reset this time. If there’s something guaranteed to stop me playing your game for a while, it’s constant resetting of skills and stats. When I see the magic word “Reset” appear on the screen after log-in, I lose interest in playing and generally log out to go play a game where I haven’t been reset. So I’m happy.

I see they’ve given me some of their pretend money. Pity there’s nothing in the little shop I want to buy. Oh well. Not to worry.

Hurbster
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Cyberlight hawkengrey I used to run it on a toaster pc. The mobo was so old you could not put more than 4 gigs of ram into it and i had to run win 7 64-bit just to put the graphics above medium. 

It was ok out in the field but in any of the major towns it would quite regularly turn into a slide show. So it was playable but not fun. And ESO just looks so damn purty on high settings. The engine is highly scaleable though. But certainly needs 8 gigs of RAM.

deganderson
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EatCandy deganderson Only the customers themselves. And we’re doing a very bad job. We can all vote with our wallets yet we keep buying everything they throw at us, no matter what state its in. If a company sees that it doesn’t need to spend that other half  a million to get the product ready, that we buy it anyway, you can hardly blame them for that now can you?

JonBuck
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JonBuck

Okay, after checking the store. ESO Plus(tm) is their monthly subscription for $15/mo. With said sub you also get 1500 Crowns per month…which cost $15 by themselves in the store. So unless you’re going to buy more Crowns than that, it’s worthwhile to sub and get the extra benefits and crowns.

usagizero
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usagizero

Since no one else seems to be saying it, i’ll say the obligatory “Did they convert it to fun to play yet?” ;)

That said, updated it all over the weekend, not having to pay a sub means i’ll give it another chance. I will say i’m not liking the store costumes, with zero things that look even remotely mage like, but then the game even seemed to hate pure mages.

usagizero
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usagizero

Wratts If you haven’t played in months, it is. ;)

Sazri
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Sazri

hawkengrey Dystopiq GW2 is doing quite well. The upcoming expansion has drawn in a lot of new players.

Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

Well, that’s a bad spell check fail :( it’s not that sort of guild, promise!

Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

My GTX570 ran it on high and was around 70fps out in the world.

Megus
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Megus

SkyyDragonn I just returned from the future. The game will return to a sub model in 12 months.

Cyberlight
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Cyberlight

decompiler Cyberlight Thanks for the vote of confidence lol. Yeah, I like my games pretty. :)

decompiler
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Cyberlight decompiler Aw, that doesn’t necessarily make you shallow – if aesthetics are your thing, more power to you!  I do hope you’re able to run ESO on Ultimate one day, though… IMO, it is both purtty and purtty fun.  ;)

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hawkengrey decompiler squidgod2000 I only think it’s sad if people use the XP potions to fast-forward through the leveling content without experiencing it.  I think everyone should play through it all at least once – there’s some really great game play, story moments, and funny dialog to be had (not to mention a bunch of extra skill points for completing various zone quest chains).

Once you’ve been through the whole leveling experience XP potions will be a good way to quickly level and try out new builds.  That’s how I plan to do it, anyway.  :)

Cyberlight
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Cyberlight

decompiler Cyberlight I regret to confess that I am a shallow human being who focuses very much on graphics; consequently, I’m limited to playing games about 2-3 years old or more, as for anything recent I invariably have to start shunting settings right down. :)

Cyberlight
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Cyberlight

hawkengrey Cyberlight Thanks – I suspected as much. :(

Sorenthaz
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salidar Sorenthaz solipsis Well yeah.  You should have to invest money at some point.  But I don’t like it when they choke you the whole time until you finally pay them to either ease up or lay off of your throat as long as you pay them a monthly sub.

Sorenthaz
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hardy83 Sorenthaz  Morphs-wise there’s no indication, yeah, but skills-wise if you previously leveled stuff up they’ll still be leveled and available for upgrading if they’re high enough.
I just kind of re-evaluated which morphs sounded good and then went with them, lol.

decompiler
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Cyberlight If you can barely run WoW on max, you will almost definitely struggle with ESO, even on Medium settings.  If you’re into everything looking crystal clear and amazing, I wouldn’t bother; if you just want to play and don’t care how it looks, crank everything down and give it a go.

hawkengrey
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hawkengrey

Dystopiq I think that GW2 has pretty well established B2P as a solid business model.  I don’t play it any longer, but there’s not much evidence that it’s been anything other than a financial success.

hawkengrey
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hawkengrey

decompiler squidgod2000 That’s kinda sad, but I guess it’s par for the course with F2P or B2P.

hawkengrey
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Cyberlight You really need a good rig to enjoy the graphics.  The difference between the “Medium” and “Ultra” (maxed out) settings on this game is extreme, unfortunately.  It really doesn’t look good at anything less than the highest settings.  Pretty disappointing, I guess, for a lot of people, but damn does it look good when you upgrade your machine (like I did when it came out).

AilsaN10
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AilsaN10

TSW went buy to play….and never went F2P so far.

Cyberlight
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Cyberlight

Does this game run well on toaster-PCs, or do you need to have a “decent” setup (however you might define that)? I wonder because my low-/mid-range computer struggles with WOW on max settings, and I figure WOW is about as undemanding of computer power as MMOs get.

hardy83
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Sorenthaz hardy83 I didn’t see that. There was no indication what morph I used before. :( Oh well. Guess I’ll figure it out eventually. lol

Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

I just logged in five minutes ago, then came here, lol.

Bannex19
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Bannex19

So basically you are saying ‘idk’ and lashing out using your late thirties as a weapon?

salidar
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salidar

Sorenthaz salidar solipsis You can’t if you don’t also invest a little coin into the game. Free to play doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give them any money. LOTRO is actually an excellent example. The main storyline is free for everyone, all the way into Gondor. If you want to level in a zone that isn’t touched by the main storyline, you have to pay for it. And I think that is very fair. If I want to go up to Forochel to do some mid tier levelling, and I am free, I should have to pay for it.

I will say some games do it better than others. I don’t care too much for SWTOR’s model, but that’s probably because they stick everything into loot crates, diminish the credits you get and make you pay more as a free player, restrict the quest rewards as a free player.. basically screw you over in every way they can, even in their main story, which is about all that game has going for it. I don’t feel theirs is the model the majority of publishers have followed though.

decompiler
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decompiler

squidgod2000 They’ve said in an interview that they’re going to have XP potions in the shop after not too long.  I believe those same potions will also help with generation of champion points (I’m just speculating that part, though).

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