the elder scrolls online

Official Site: The Elder Scrolls Online
Studio: ZeniMax Online Studios/Bethesda Softworks
Launch Date: April 4, 2014
Genre: Fantasy Themepark
Business Model: Buy-to-play on PC as of March 17, 2015
Platform: PC, Mac; Xbox One and PS4 as of June 9, 2015

Let’s play dress-up: Elder Scrolls Online explores its upcoming outfit customization system

Virtual fashionistas of the world have a lot to anticipate with Elder Scrolls Online’s February update, as it contains the MMO’s brand-new outfit system. Through this, player characters can whip up a customized ensemble for adventuring, roleplay, or that future modeling career.

The fun starts with the new outfit stations, which are upgraded versions of the old dye stations. Here, players can customize any visible piece of armor and gear, including his or her secondary weapon set. Options can be chosen from any outfit styles that the player has unlocked up to that point. And in case you were wondering, yes, you can mix-and-match different armor types and even swap weapon appearances.

Players get one outfit slot to begin with and can purchase more from the store. There is a gold cost to both equipping and dyeing gear, which the studio said can “range between hundreds or thousands of gold.” All outfit styles are shared across a player’s account, meaning that anything that is unlocked on one character is unlocked for all.

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The Soapbox: Confessions of a serial hoarder (in MMORPGs)

How much is too much?

To some, that might seem like a reasonable question. But I knew. I knew. There is no such thing as too much!

There was a question raised on Massively OP this past week about in-game hoarding. I answered… boy did I answer. I kept answering. It was just like my virtual bags: I filled the space to overflowing. And I just kept going. And now, it’s even spilling over to The Soapbox! It’s not my fault games make cool things I like and want to keep, or make getting stuff so much fun (searching through every box and barrel, anyone?). But there is much more to it than that. Yes, I admit I am a serial hoarder. But I am also an unrepentant hoarder! It’s not a problem. Others may think I have a problem.

I see it as item security.

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Perfect Ten: Major MMO expansions and updates to expect in 2018

Now that we’re almost 1/12th of the way through 2018, it’s probably about time to stop anticipating the year and start experiencing it. We have already looked at MMOs coming this year, multiplayer titles on the way, the current healthiest MMOs, MMO predictions, and the best value games on the market. So what’s left?

Expansions. Expansions and major content updates are what’s left. It might seem a little presumptuous to try to outline what’s coming this year, since many studios still have their long-range plans under wraps, but when we sat down in the MOP office to talk about it, we ended up with a much larger list than anticipated.

So here’s a look at the major MMO expansions and content updates we are expecting and anticipating over the course of this year. After this? You’re on your own, kid.

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Elder Scrolls Online previews Dragon Bones’ Orc-themed Scalecaller Peak dungeon

If you haven’t checked out the Dragon Bones DLC on Elder Scrolls Online’s test server in person yet, you should at least take a peek at the zone previews ZeniMax has been rolling out. Today’s piece is on Scalecaller Peak, one of the dungeons going live with the update. The dungeon is themed with Orsinium ruins, which might confuse you if you thought this was an entirely Skyrim-flavored DLC, but if you take a look at the Tamriel map, you’ll see that High Rock and Skyrim share a mountainous border, explored in previous DLC. Orcs and Nords, living together!

Expect Peryite cultists, ogres, and giants to hamper your progress to the windy summit through dank caves and glowing toxins. Try not to die from the plague! And what do you get for winning? Death-themed woad tats, for a start.

“Should you survive the final battle and stand victorious atop Scalecaller Peak, you’ll earn a host of unique rewards. These riches could include the Blackmarrow Necromancer skin, earned by completing the Scalecaller Peak Challenger achievement; unique Trophies and Busts for completing the dungeon on both Normal and Veteran mode; and the Renegade Dragon Priest Mask, earned simply by entering one of the two Dragon Bones dungeons.”

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Elder Scrolls Online breaks out its fourth soundtrack album

Soundtrack lovers, here’s a pleasant surprise for the end of the week: A brand-new album from Composer Brad Derrick and Elder Scrolls Online.

Derrick continues his reign over the game’s score, delivering a 36-track album that includes music from the Thieves Guild, Dark Brotherhood, and Clockwork City DLC. You can pick it up at iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon for $9.

The Elder Scrolls Online soundtrack was one of Massively OP reader’s top 20 picks a while back. We reviewed the Morrowind expansion score not too long ago, calling it “a much more memorable and moving soundtrack with plenty of nostalgic elements.”

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Tamriel Infinium: Three things MMORPGs could learn from Elder Scrolls Online

Looking at the title, you might think that I believe Elder Scrolls Online is the perfect MMO, and in that case, you’d be incorrect. Elder Scrolls Online might have won the Massively OP MMORPG-of-the-Year award, but if you read my post in that article, you will notice that ESO won my vote for that award from me because it didn’t have any major blunders – not because it did everything the best way possible.

That being said, there are a lot of things that other MMOs can do to rise to the level of competency where ESO currently sits. I would like to spend a few moments here at the beginning of a new year to talk about the things that ESO consistently gets right and that other MMOs can learn from.

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Elder Scrolls Online drags you kicking and screaming into its Fang Lair

When you hear a name like “Fang Lair,” your first thought is probably similar to that of Indiana Jones: “Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” But Elder Scrolls Online is juking around your expectations here, because its upcoming dungeon is anything but a casual stroll through slithering reptiles.

In fact, Fang Lair is an abandoned Dwarven fortress from way back in the first Elder Scrolls game, Arena. ZeniMax is repurposing this location to be an underground complex full of necromancers and their undead abominations. One necromancer in particular, Orryn the Black, is attempting to raise a giant zombie dragon, and it’s up to players to put a swift end to that.

“Fang Lair is a location people haven’t seen since The Elder Scrolls: Arena,” said Dungeon Lead Mike Finnigan. “However, in that game, players saw it in a very different light. In The Elder Scrolls Online, we wanted to expand upon the lore behind it, and we thought this was a chance to really flesh out its story.”

The dungeon promises to be on the more difficult side, but ZeniMax is offering all sorts of tantalizing rewards for those who master it, including a dragon skull decoration and the Worm Wizard personality.

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Elder Scrolls Online datamining reveals possible expansion prologue

Ready to head to new lands in Tamriel?

A dataminer discovered some evidence that seems to confirm the long-running rumor about the location of the next “chapter,” or expansion, of Elder Scrolls Online. The information concerns a prologue quest that introduces players to the region. Obviously, don’t click on this link unless you’re willing to be spoiled.

Click to reveal spoilers about what's been datamined.
We’re talking about the Summerset Isles, the home of the Aldmeri – the High Elves. During the quest, the players take a boat to the island to meet the Oracle. While there, players discover a secret message left behind that points to the plight of the Oracle. Cue some realm-jumping and a rescue mission.

Currently, Elder Scrolls Online is testing February’s Dragon Bones DLC, which includes outfit customization. Also, all players can enjoy a free week of subscription-level benefits that is running right now.

Source: Official forums. With thanks to Mr. Bigglesworth!

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 152: Allied races and superhero sprints

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin dig into the allied races that are coming soon to World of Warcraft, the non-race of the City of Heroes spiritual successors, meaty early 2018 patches, and more!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:

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Elder Scrolls Online’s Dragon Bones DLC hits the PTS, free sub trial begins today

It’s almost time to get your Skyrim nostalgia on! ZeniMax announced last night that the Dragon Bones DLC and accompanying freebie update 17 have both taken over Elder Scrolls Online’s PTS and are testable right now. The patch notes are live too, including a list-out of the new gear, the new storage collectibles, the complete details on the new outfit customization system, and three new houses: Coldharbour Surreal Estate, Princely Dawnlight Palace, and The Erstwhile Sanctuary.

This update will also mark the end of 32-bit client support, so if you’re running on an older version of windows, heads-up.

Wondering what all the fuss was about when both the staff and the readers voted Elder Scrolls Online MMO of the year? Maybe take advantage of the game’s latest “ESO Plus Bonus Event” to preview it in more depth.

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The Daily Grind: What’s the exact MMO character you would never play?

While I typically love character creation screens in RPGs, when it comes to MMOs, I find that I limit myself more often than not. The thought of spending hundreds of hours with a character means that I become a lot more cautious about creating someone that I’ll end up hating. So there are typically some classes, playstyles, races, and genders that I won’t touch because I have this “long-term investment” mentality in mind.

But when I’m only dipping into a game for a little bit, I get a lot more wild with my character choices. Handlebar moustaches on an axe-wielding brute in Elder Scrolls Online? Sure, why not! And I enjoy the change of pace, even though this is a character I wouldn’t play in the long run.

What’s the exact MMO character you would never play? Create a description of that character and tell us why it’s a polar opposite to your typical choices!

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Catch up on the revelations from The Elder Scrolls Online’s most recent patch preview

Curious about the next DLC for The Elder Scrolls Online? We can hardly blame you; it brings with it much-desired features like home storage, outfit changes, and all of the content you’d expect from a DLC about diving into tons of content related to dragon bones. It even got a full preview stream, but if you missed the stream when it was live, you can check it all out in the video just below.

As usual, the diligent folks of Reddit compiled a few bits of relevant summarizing information during and after the stream. Of note: Housing storage furnishings cannot be crafted but must be purchased through crowns, mediators, or Tel Var merchants, but can also be obtained through the new Level Up Advisor once you reach level 18. Awards of this sort are also account-wide rather than character-based, so your second character won’t benefit from the same advantages. Check out the full stream below to see the content in action.

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Massively OP’s 2017 awards debrief and annual recap

As we did in 20142015, and 2016, today I’m going to recap our annual awards and other meta articles from the end of 2017. We gave out 19 formal awards this past year, all in addition to dozens of other recaps, roundups, listicles, predictions, bloopers, oddities, polls, provocations, and retrospectives. It was by far our biggest content dump to date, even bigger than last year!

Following our deep-dive into our awards and the attached reader polls, I’ll be recapping all of the end-year articles in one convenient place in case you missed something over the holidays – enjoy!

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