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

Elder Scrolls Online contest looks for talented wordsmiths

Crafting doesn’t just come in the “potions and armor” category; writing can be a sublime skill in and of itself as well. If you’ve got the word magic, then Elder Scrolls Online wants to give you the chance to get a few sweet prizes.

All you have to do is head over to a new Tales of the Dead contest page and write up a 500-word (or less) entry about the portrayed screenshot. Three winners will be chosen to receive a $25 Bethesda Store gift card and an in-game Bristlegut Piglet. You’ll need to move quickly, as the contest has already begun and will conclude on April 3rd.

[Source: Tales of the Dead 4]


One Shots: Wedded bliss

Have you ever gotten married? In game, I mean. Well, if you haven’t screenshotted it, it didn’t happen. Fortunately this Final Fantasy XIV couple saw fit to capture the moment of wedded bliss between a bear-man and a child-woman.

“With Final Fantasy XIV now offering weddings, here’s a shot of my wife and me celebrating our in-game nuptials,” reader Phubarrh said. “We particularly love the range of expressions and emotes offered by the game.”

From soaring heights to creepy revelations, we’ve got a great selection of MMO player screenshots for you in One Shots this week!

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Massively OP Podcast: Episode 7

The Massively OP Podcast crew learned many lessons from the MMO industry this week. We learned that players will get upset if you offer dolphins to some but not to all. We learned that VR is still a thing. We learned that the end of one MMO might mean the beginning of another. And we learned that sharing really is caring!

We also have a very special giveaway for podcast listeners, so tune in or read onward!

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Elder Scrolls Online console preorders are now open

Having relaunched The Elder Scrolls Online as a buy-to-play, sub-optional PC game last week, ZeniMax has now announced pre-orders for the console versions of the game. The game will officially launch on the PS4 and Xbox One on June 9th of this year.

The studio will offer two editions for each platform: The standard edition grants a minipet and bonus treasure maps plus the ability to roll any race in any alliance, while the Imperial edition includes the requisite physical map, 12″ statue, 224-page illustrated book, an extra minipet, duoing rings, a horse mount, and the chance to roll up an Imperial character.

Still thinking about picking up the game on PC? Of course you are. You’re an MMO player. Check out YouTuber Elloa’s tips video below before you do.

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The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite Elder Scrolls Online race?

I’m looking forward to some Elder Scrolls Online this month, but I may not use my max-level character. His guild is gone, and frankly I’ve forgotten how to play him, but he’s also a Redguard, which has always been my go-to race in the ES universe.

What about you, ESO fans? What’s your favorite race and why?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!


FFXIV and ESO players complain about unfair international pricing

It might not be the most shocking fact you’ll read today, but not all box prices and subscription rates are created equal depending on where you live in the world.

Case in point: The Final Fantasy XIV community in the United Kingdom was distressed to discover that the cost of the new Heavensward collector’s edition is priced at £130 ($192.15) compared to the US price of $130 and EU price of €130.

But just when US players seem to be getting the better end of the financial stick, along comes those sneaky Canadians with their maple mooses and cheaper subscriptions. Players have noted that even with an increase in the cost of an Elder Scrolls Online subscription to $17.99CAD, Canadian players are paying less per month than the US community when you factor in the conversion rate.

[Source: FFXIV forums, Reddit. Thanks to Ian and g3wntoc for the tip!]


Leaderboard: Are you playing Elder Scrolls Online this week?

Last week I patched up Elder Scrolls Online. Remember? We chatted about how the game’s launcher is an expletive that rhymes with kitty. Over the weekend, though, my desktop took a dump, so instead of mingling with the droves of pretty people flocking to Tamriel, I’m waiting on a shipment of parts and cursing that 20 GB download all over again.

What about you, MassivelyOP readers? Are you playing ESO this week? Vote after the cut!

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The Stream Team: A reintroduction to The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online officially transitioned to buy-to-play today, and that makes it a perfect time for MassivelyOP’s MJ to jump back in and check things out. It has been quite a while since her last journey to Tamriel, so luckily for her Larry is joining in to help show everything off (not to mention to keep her from getting in too much trouble peeking into all the boxes, desks, and drawers!). Join the pair live at 7:00 p.m. for a tour of Tamriel.

What: The Elder Scrolls Online
Who: MJ Guthrie and Larry Everett
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Enjoy the show!
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Tamriel Infinium: Five reasons to return to Elder Scrolls Online

Gamers rarely give an MMO a second chance. Far too often, a game bears forever the impression it earned the first time we played it. When I first played the Elder Scrolls Online in beta, I saw its potential, but the game was far from anything resembling the single-player Elder Scrolls games that I’d played before. Still, the storytelling was there, and the character models didn’t require any mods to make them look halfway decent, so I was willing to give it a shot. In the end, the reason it turned me away had nothing to do with the game itself; it was the people making the financial decisions for the game. It seemed to me as it did to many people that ZeniMax was using its subscription fee to subsidize the final year of development.

I had to eventually ask myself whether the purpose of the subscription was enough to justify not playing the game. In the end, my answer was “yes.” My subscription fee wasn’t paid by the studio or the site; it was on me, and that’s the way it should be. If a writer doesn’t think the game is worth paying for, then it’s probably not going to be worth it for the reader either.

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Elder Scrolls Online patches in the cash shop

The Elder Scrolls Online’s buy-to-play transition is finally here — and in fact started up a day earlier than expected. Along with the business model shift, the team has instituted a new patch to fix up some annoying issues, opened up the game’s new cash shop. Players also have the option to stay subscribed as a premium member under the ESO Plus program.

Patch 2.0.1 brings the Crown Store to players, ESO’s cash shop that contains mounts, pets, costumes, consumables, and various bundles. The team posted a showcase on the website with examples of the store’s offerings. Previous subscribers will log in to find that they have a sizable stash of crowns to spend on these goodies.

Of course, the most important change to the game is that aquatic fauna preparation is no longer dissonant: “Cleaning a fish now sounds less obnoxious.”

[Source: Patch notes, crown store showcase]


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]


Elder Scrolls Online’s B2P relaunch trailer is here

Want a concise look at what’s changed in Elder Scrolls Online since launch? Look no further than this trailer for the game’s business model switch. The Tamriel Unlimited teaser trickled out to Reddit, the official ESO forums, and YouTube today with mildly dodgy provenance, and it shows off the justice and champion systems, endgame content, animation revamps, armor dyes, and a whole lot more.

Click past the cut to see for yourself. ESO’s B2P model launches on March 17th.

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The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the worst patcher?

I went to patch my Elder Scrolls Online install yesterday. In and of itself, that’s not really news. Fifteen hours later, though, it’s still patching, and while that may not be news either, it’s frickin’ annoying. I mean, seriously guys? How can your patcher be this slow?

And while we’re chatting, how can you possibly need 20 GB on my hard drive for a single patch?

Anyhow, there are my ranty rhetorical questions for today. What about you, Massively readers? Which MMO patcher is the worst and why?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!


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