Elder Scrolls Online offers two-week early access head start for Morrowind

ZeniMax has just announced that PC and Mac Elder Scrolls Online players who pick up the digital upgrade version of Morrowind will start in the province as early as May 22nd with an early access head start period. Basically, you get to play two weeks early.

“Separate from the Public Test Server beta, Early Access players will receive the full game, play on live servers, and will retain all progression when the game officially launches on June 6. Early Access is available for players who purchase the Digital Upgrade or Digital Collector’s Edition Upgrade versions of ESO: Morrowind for PC/Mac at any time prior to launch, as well as those who purchased the PC/Mac Physical Collector’s Edition.”

And if you do grab the physical box CE, you’ll have to get in touch with customer support to get your head start activated. This sounds like a hassle, so maybe stick to digital.

Everybody else? You’ll be starting on June 6th with the console players. Womp womp.

Source: Press release
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“And if you do grab the physical box CE, you’ll have to get in touch with customer support to get your head start activated. This sounds like a hassle, so maybe stick to digital.”
I have to point the fact of ZoS giving me the Early Access 1 day after i posted the ticket, and without problems

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Jokerchyld

Wait?! What?! But I haven’t even completed Osirium or the Guild DLC?! Too… Much… Content… overwhelmed…

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kidwithknife

Awwww, yeeeaaahhh. I’m not sure I really care much about the new class but more Morrowind is going to be so good. Time for my orc to show some dirty dunmer how it’s done. :D

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Tandor

I’m not sure I can be bothered to go through the activation process for a pre-ordered physical collector’s edition, but I do appreciate the efforts of everyone else who wants to start early so that they’ve moved on from the starting area when I log into it on 6th June! Meanwhile I’ve still plenty to do in the rest of the game.

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Daniel Reasor

It’s the same online form you have to fill out in order to claim the in-game stuff that already comes with the collector’s edition, isn’t it?

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Tandor

I wouldn’t know about that. I pre-ordered a retail collector’s physical edition and apparently that involves scanning the receipt and adding account details to it and sending it off with the form. I really can’t be bothered for the sake of a couple of weeks early access. Surely any in-game items will automatically be granted once you have the physical edition and register it’s code to your account?

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Denice J. Cook

Awesomesauce! *marks calendar now*

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Rottenrotny

Eek, annnd of course I purchased the physical collector’s edition.

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Bryan Turner

How much real estate are they adding with this expansion, does it come with group content?

For example when GW2s expansion came out it was light on real estate, with no group content shipped. Now though there’s a respectable amount of maps, 4 Raid Wings, 2 new 5 Mans, and 2 New PVP maps.

Or Legion which frankly beats out most other WoW expansions except for the first two.

Or Rift SL that shipped with 2 Continents.

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Dug From The Earth

All of this has been listed on their site and on numerous gaming sites as previews.

– 1 New raid/trail
– 3 pvp battle grounds
– 1 zone roughly equal to the size of the largest in game zone
– 30 or so hours of story driven content (assuming you dont skip dialog)
– 1 new character class – The Warden
– Decent amount of new item sets, monsters, motif designs, etc

Its not equal to what Legion brought WoW. Legion had quite a bit more content.

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Bryan Turner

So under delivering for the price.

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Roger Melly

For me it is not worth the price but I’ll probably pick it up in a sometime in the next year or so when I see it on sale . Its something I only ever play casually anyway and I have loads still to do in the base game ( in fact I think it will probably be a good 6 months to a year before I have done that )

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Dug From The Earth

Depends on what you compare it to. To Legion, yeah, you get more for your money. There are plenty of 60 dollar games that offer less content, so compared to those, its a decent price at only 40 dollars. For example, Prey, a game just released, has a record play through of under 20 minutes (yes, extreme speed run). That game is 60 bucks.

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hurbster

Don’t forget, you don’t have to sub to ESO.

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Roger Melly

But these days there are hardly any game you have to pay a subscription for . Having said that I like ESO’s buy to play format with premium DLC’s far more than what many free to play games offer even if I find the game fun but a bit soulless at the same time and the community awful .

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Dug From The Earth

Very true. For the 3 months I played Legion, thats basically 40 + 45 dollars, making legion an 85 dollar cost.

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Nick Smith

Hmmm… I thought I had more time to finish what i wanted to do before the expansion hit. I guess not. Better double my efforts! :)

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Daniel Miller

I got this and ffxiv expansion, but neither calls me. Ffxi and my steam library do.

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Mr Poolaty

If samurai doesn’t get me to play ffxiv I’m done until there’s a complete overhaul

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Peter Reynolds

Hmmm…. this may be a little PR push after the huge discontent with massive class/combat changes coming with Morrowind(?)

I know for me I am torn right now between this or Stormblood…. Red Mage keeps calling my name!

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Wanda Clamshuckr

Hmmm…. this may be a little PR push after the huge discontent with massive class/combat changes coming with Morrowind(?)

The people that are pissed off due to the incoming changes are still going to be pissed, early release or not. Moving the launch 2 weeks isn’t going to work soothing magic on them.

I just see this as a way to nudge sales up; to get people who payed for the xpac to upgrade to the next level. Upselling. If it works for McDonald’s to get people to supersize, it can work for ESO.

I can wait like everyone else for the 6th. I debated upgrading, but the goodies in the CE weren’t that enticing. Tempted I was, purchase I did not.

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Peter Reynolds

The early access is for anyone who preorders the Morrowind expansion, not just the CE. It is an attempt to collect on any hype left. It is not an attempt to “upsell”.

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Greaterdivinity

Still have far too much of the game left to play through, holding off on picking up Marrowind until I’m at least through the base content and starting onto the DLC releases. Nice for folks that preorder, I guess, but I’ve never been a terribly big fan of “early access” in MMO’s in general.

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Daniel Reasor

It’s been my experience that waiting for the expansion to drop has killed my enthusiasm for my non-Warden toons. I know that it’s a self-inflicted psyche-out, and that I could be spending this time accruing gear that I can transfer over to the new toon via the in-game bank, but it’s still a relief to have two weeks shaved off the wait.

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Greaterdivinity

I totally know the feeling, I considered shelving my templar (even before the announced changes that made the community lose their shit, but largely don’t bother me as an ultra-casual player) when Marrowind was announced, but eventually decided that I would hold off on buying the expansion for a while in order to focus more on seeing the rest of the game first.

Definitely a frustrating place to be in, even if it’s a self-imposed problem : P

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MKlwr

Bye bye sleep and any semblance of a rational gaming schedule.

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Karma_Mule

What is this “rational gaming schedule” you speak of?

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sa1330

Iam not a eso player but i was thinking about trying it out with this expac.
But news like that make me think different.
2 weeks are a lot for an onlinegame.

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Adam Babloyan

If you have this mentality, ESO isn’t the game for you anyways. This is not a raid or die world first game.

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Karma_Mule

There’s lots of fun to be had in ESO regardless of what other people have gone through already. Unless you have illusions of cornering the crafting market you can happily go through lots of the content even if all the people around you have been around much longer.

Especially after the release of One Tamriel you can hang out in any area and take part in combat with others without worrying that mobs will flatten you like a pancake. Yeah someone with hundreds of champion points will be significantly more powerful, but at least you won’t have to cower in a corner.

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MKlwr

I don’t understand what you mean?

Morrowind is an expansion to ESO, so everybody that already plays will be able to take their current characters there if they want. So it’s not like people starting 2 weeks early are going to be at any real advantage over people who start on June 6.

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