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

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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The Stream Team: Happy 4th birthday, Elder Scrolls Online!

Elder Scrolls Online turns four years old today, so Massively OP’s Larry and MJ are heading in to celebrate. And what’s a birthday party without cake? They’ll be making the three-tiered Jubilee Cake before heading out for other adventures and anniversary quests. Join us live at 7:00 p.m. and help the duo sing to…

What: The Elder Scrolls Online
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

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GDC 2018: Hands-on with Elder Scrolls Online’s Summerset and a chat with ZeniMax’s Rich Lambert

Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset was announced during GDC 2018, which may or may not have surprised you, depending on how many spoilers you’d already seen. As I still haven’t gotten back into ESO, I didn’t mind the spoilers; I knew I was going to talk to the game’s Creative Director, Rich Lambert, so I’d need to be prepared. After consulting a bit with Larry and discussing how hard to push the anti-elf agenda, I was released into the wild… but had that information gagged until today.

Perhaps that was for good reason, though, as not only did I get some hands-on time with Summerset, but ZeniMax provided us with capture cards so we could show you what we saw and did. It’s very much an early look. Yes, there are elves, but also mind traps and a new tutorial for those just entering Tamriel. It’s just hard to say much more, though, since the demo felt like it was aimed more at press/streamers completely unfamiliar with ESO. Don’t worry, lorehounds, I know enough to help you avoid spoilers (so maybe avoid the first 10 minutes of the video).

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More Elder Scrolls Online players play High Elves than anything else, and other fun fourth-birthday stats

Let’s just pile on some more events in The Elder Scrolls Online, shall we? This latest round is in honor of the game’s fourth birthday and kicks off on Wednesday. And yes, it involves cake.

“To join the event, visit the famous Chef Donolon in Vulkhel Guard, Daggerfall, or Davon’s Watch and complete his Anniversary quest ‘Ache for Cake.’ You can get directions to Chef Donolon’s location by obtaining a Jubilee Cake Voucher free of charge from the in-game Crown Store. When you complete ‘Ache for Cake’ you’ll receive the brand-new, three-tiered Anniversary Jubilee Cake. It’ll be added to your Mementos within your Collectibles UI. Activate the cake to place it in front of your character, then use it to enjoy a tasty slice and receive a two-hour 100% XP buff that stacks with any other active XP bonuses that your character might currently be enjoying (such as those from scrolls or ESO Plus membership).”

Ache for Cake. Yep. Daily and weekly quests during the event period will award anniversary gift boxes bearing special motifs.

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One Shots: Bleeding edge graphics

When you step back to think about it, it is amazing that we are living in a day and age in which we can enjoy such vivid, bleeding-edge graphics that are readily available on any 16-bit console! With sprites, parallax scrolling, blast processing, SFX chips, and the almighty Mode 7, we are transported beyond the television screen and into these game worlds like we were there!

We start our tour of this week’s player screenshots — taken on Polaroids — with Hikari Kenzaki’s picture of the last performance of HTR in The Secret World before the game rebooted as Secret World Legends. Look at those vibrant colors! We can now game with all the colors of the wind!

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The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG has the best April Fools’ Day prank this year?

April Fools’ Day this year has been pretty weird, given that MMO studios started rolling out their pranks and events in the middle of last week, and here we are on a holiday and a Sunday too. We’ve seen everything from Guild Wars 2’s sitting in chairs to the real-life theme park teased Black Desert. Pokemon teamed up with a noodle company. Elder Scrolls Online’s been running its Jester’s Festival for four days already!

I’m pretty fond of Path of Exile: Royale myself.

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