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Elder Scrolls Online gives away free crown crates and subscription time

Ooh, you really like that word “free,” don’t you? Caught your attention, and now you’re down here in the body of the article, wondering how you can Get Yours? Well, far be it from us to get in your way; we are facilitators in such situations.

It is true, Elder Scrolls Online is preparing to run a bonus event from April 24th through the 30th. During this period, players will earn one free crown crate every day just by logging in to the game. If you’re faithful to do this for the full run, that nets you six free crates (which may hold cosmetics, boosters, mounts, and skins).

In addition, ZeniMax is offering a free week trial of ESO Plus to see if you like the benefits that a subscription brings to the table (although it should be noted that trial users will not get a monthly stipend of free crowns). The trial can be found under the “featured” section of the crown store.

Source: Elder Scrolls Online. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Elder Scrolls Online’s update 18 adds PvP dailies and buffs, tackles PvP latency

Even if you’re not buying Summerset at launch like some kind of crazed loon, you’re still going to want to keep an eye on the free stuff going into The Elder Scrolls Online when the chapter launches. That goes double for PvP players, who will see a load of improvements come Update 18 next month.

For starters, you’re getting new PvP daily quests to cap a set number of keeps, towns, resources, and players, with pretty decent loot that’s normally available only through alliance wars. Catapults, NPCs, and underdog algorithms are also due for an update. How you’re rewarded in Cyrodiil is changing too.

“Now, when you perform an action (fighting, capturing, healing etc.) around an objective, be it a keep, resource, or outpost, you’ll be added to its reward credit list. When the objective ‘ticks’ and distributes Alliance Points and Experience, you’ll receive them regardless of where you are at the time. You’ll no longer need to wait for the tick, and you can freely move around, fight enemy players, or even capture other nearby resources!”

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Elder Scrolls Online’s new video summarizes the snobby elves of Summerset

Just as Morrowind was much more than elves, so is Summerset, but it’s hard for the elves in this elven kingdom not to take center stage. ZeniMax is demonstrating just that with its latest Elder Scrolls Online video and dev blog, which describes the Altmer as stereotypically pretentious, vain perfectionists who are traditionally isolationist. In other words, they aren’t all going to welcome your outlander self just because their Queen has opened the borders.

“When building Summerset, the primary thing that we were trying to show was the history of the people who live there,” ZeniMax explains. “Players can explore the ruins of ancient Elven architecture throughout the zone, and see in the cities how the more recent High Elf civilization has continued to build on top of those ancient foundations.”

You can check out that video down below, then hit up today’s earlier piece, which includes some of the new bits that just hit the test server!

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Elder Scrolls Online begins testing Summerset; here’s a look at the chapter’s houses and buyables

As all eyes in Elder Scrolls Online turn to the future expansion heading to the game next month, testing has begun in earnest on Summerset. Version 4.0 of the MMO is now on the test servers, and the team is focusing on the starting area, the jewelry system, and the Psijic Order skill line.

Consider this permission to gorge yourself on information. Not only are the patch notes available for this build, but players have datamined several of the crown store microtransactions that are heading into the game. Once you’re done with that, learn where this expansion came from and check out two of our hands-on experiences playing it.

Finally whether you’re testing it out or not, you can get an early look at Summerset’s new crown store offerings, motifs, and housing options after the break!

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Massively Overthinking: The best of PAX East and GDC in 2018

The past couple of weeks has been wild as we dispatched writers to GDC in San Francisco and PAX East in Boston to gather up and bring back everything they could on the MMORPGs large and small on the spring convention circuit. In fact, as I type this, we’ve got Brendan in Reykjavik for EVE Fanfest too! So for this week’s Overthinking, we’re rounding up our coverage and then reflecting on the best and worst as we pick out what most excites, surprises, and disappoints us: First the roundups, then our thoughts. Read on!

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Here’s how to playtest Elder Scrolls Online’s Summerset chapter next week

Summerset is closer than you think! The Elder Scrolls Online team announced today that the chapter is expected to hit the test server on Monday. In fact, all of update 18 will be playable there too. Getting in is the tricky part.

“Invites will be sent to a large group of new PTS testers, but if you participated in the ESO: Morrowind PTS beta last year, you’ll be able to log into the Summerset PTS from the ESO launcher yourself, no invite required! Just don’t forget to enable ‘Show Public Test Environment’ from your launcher settings. Note that as always, anybody can install the PTS client, log in, and test the base game changes, but they won’t be able visit Summerset or experience any of the new Chapter’s features unless granted access.”

Do note that the main quest and story are under a strict NDA (agreement, watermarked screenies, the works) that lifts May 1st.

MOP’s Andrew and Eliot got hands-on with the chapter at GDC and PAX respectively, both of them finding it to be basically exactly what Elder Scrolls Online fans want and expect out of a big content dump.

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The Elder Scrolls Online previews the mechanics of jewelry crafting

One of the biggest additions with the launch of The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset is the inclusion of crafting skills for jewelry. That might seem little, bit since those vital rings and necklaces can support some diverse builds, it’s especially important to have those items now be open for crafting. The process should feel familiar to experienced crafters, but there’s still a full guide available on the process for anyone who wants to try making the prettiest possible necklace.

If you’re not concerned with any of that, though, you still probably enjoy the game’s anniversary event bonuses, so you’ll be happy to know that the game is extending its anniversary celebration by an extra week through April 23rd. Get a double experience buff, eat some cake, and celebrate being in the game. Possibly by picking up the raw materials you will later turn into a lovely ring. Everything feeds into everything else.

Want more on Summerset? We got hands-on with the game at GDC and PAX.

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Tamriel Infinium: Understanding Elder Scrolls Online’s Mephala and speculating on Summerset

Let me teach you how to understand Mephala the Webspinner. Maybe that’s misleading; she’s a Deadric Prince, and who can really understand the motivations of a god, especially one as complicated as Mephala? That’s also what is really wonderful about the characters in Elder Scrolls Online: They never seem to be all good or all bad. There always appears to be some sort of nuance about them that requires explanation.

If you buy the physical Collector’s for Summerset, you will get a 12-inch statue of Mephala, which might be the first collector’s edition of ESO that I buy, and it’s because of that statue. During the introductory livestream for Summerset, Creative Director Rich Lambert simply said that “she plays a role” in the upcoming expansion but didn’t really go any further than that. But if she’s like any of the other featured Daedric Princes, she’s likely one of the formidable enemies – maybe the main enemy – for the chapter. But if the story falls in line with Mephala’s character up to this point, it’s likely that the story is more complicated than her being the villain for Summerset.

First, we should talk about Mephala’s history in the franchise, but then I have a fun theory that I’d like to share.

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The Stream Team: Pondering The Elder Scrolls Legends’ new puzzles

The Elder Scrolls Legends has seen two new bits of content added, a Morrowind adventure and puzzles. Massively OP’s MJ is diving back in to ponder a few puzzles in order to score some new cards before starting the next adventure. Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. to see what she figures out.

What: The Elder Scrolls Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 9th, 2018

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PAX East 2018: Hands-on with the surprisingly solid combat of Ashes of Creation

This year’s PAX East featured a lot of games early in their testing phase, but Ashes of Creation was one that had splurged for a very large booth toward the center of the show floor. And let’s be fair here; the game sure looked like it was ready for prime time. Between the animations on display and the general look of playing the game for onlookers, this is the sort of game that, at a glance, certainly did not look like something in pre-alpha. All of its graphical polish was being shown off to great effect.

Of course, looking good is one thing. The real question was how it played. But that was why the game also had demo stations set up, so that players could see what the game looked like in its current state of development and get a feel for the game from the PvE side and the PvP side.

I took a tour of a brief PvE dungeon with a GM assisting our party and three other people, which served as my chance to get a handle on what the game was offering. Of course, this was also a very early test build, so there’s no doubt a lot that’s going to be changing over time. But it did, at least, feel like a good fundamental base for combat.

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PAX East 2018: Hands-on with The Elder Scrolls Online’s Summerset

One of the fun parts of this job – or one of the odd parts, depending on how you prioritize things – is how you can agree with absolutely every point someone else is making while having an exactly opposite reaction. You may recall that Andrew tried out the build of The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset and walked away with a shrug, which to a certain portion of the ESO fanbase is apparently a vile insult (demos are serious business). I guess if your reaction isn’t fawning adulation of ESO, you hate the game, or something. I’ve never gotten that one myself.

At any rate, the fact is that I agree with Andrew on this point. I even agree with his overall conclusion. But my walk-away conclusion is altogether different; I found myself impressed with what the game was doing and thinking that this was going to be a pretty good expansion. It might not have anything as show-stoppingly novel as the Warden, but you can’t give every single expansion a bear-based class, I assume. (There has to be some reason.)

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The MOP Up: Paladins’ newest hero will punch your head off (April 8, 2018)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Elder Scrolls LegendsFortnitePath of ExileWorld of WarshipsPaladinsArmored WarfareNeverwinterGuild Wars 2OverwatchElder Scrolls OnlineWorld of TanksShot Online, and EVE Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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Elder Scrolls Online is opening up PvP battlegrounds to everyone, whether you’ve bought Morrowind or not

With Summerset on the horizon, ZeniMax is shifting around just what goes into Elder Scrolls Online’s base package, according to a dev post published this morning.

For starters, the Tamriel Unlimited name that’s been used for the base game since it went sub-optional is being dropped, replaced with the Morrowind tag. “This means that moving forward, if you purchase this new base game – The Elder Scrolls Online, not The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited – it will include the Morrowind Chapter,” says the studio. Of course, if you’re preordering Summerset, you get Morrowind for free anyway.

Much of Morrowind’s content, including the zone and the Warden class, will move to the cash shop when Summerset launches on May 21st. Do note that means you can buy and play the Warden without paying for the entirety of Morrowind (or vice versa).

PvP battlegrounds, however, will be granted to everyone for free, whether you ever owned Morrowind or not.

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