Elder Scrolls Online’s welcome back weekend starts April 16

    
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Elder Scrolls Online’s welcome back weekend starts April 16

Elder Scrolls Online is officially welcoming back beta participants on April 16th at 10:00 am. EDT. The free trial lasts through Monday, April 20th at 10:00 a.m. EDT. Zenimax is also running a weekend giveaway featuring various in-game prizes that you can enter by simply logging in for two or more hours.

There’s also a roleplaying ball with storytelling, riddles, dancing, and party gifts, as well as a scavenger hunt and trivia event, all of which are hosted by player organizations. A full list of the festivities is posted on the official ESO website.

[Source: Announcement post and full schedule]

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DugFromTheEarth Ironwu This describes me.  I was invited to play three or maybe four different pre-release Betas and gave them quite a bit of time because I really wanted to like the game.  I am obviously much more of an Elder Scrolls fan than an MMO fan, because I have never committed to an MMO nor had much interest in them.  The beta seemed to be trying to compromise between those two poles and pleasing almost nobody in the process.  I had serious IRL time constraints for 2014-2015 that made the idea of paying for a monthly sub impractical for me.  If it was buy-to-play at launch, I may have actually got myself a copy and explored whenever I had free time, with the hope that the devs fixed the many issues people were complaining about.
Well now I’ve come back for this Welcome Back Weekend and pretty thoroughly enjoyed myself.  Once again I have had limited time to devote to it but in leveling up a character to lvl 10, I’ve found the game to be much smoother, it looks fantastic, the quests are more interesting and less formulaic (to a degree).  Also it seems that the developers really did listen to a lot of the gripes that people had during the beta phase, and although I can’t say how responsive they have been since the release (because I don’t lurk in the forums, yet), it seems like they continue to implement changes based on feedback.  The one that jumped out at me is there is a “justice system” and capacity for stealth and thieving, something which at the time of the beta the devs seemed adamantly opposed to having.  (Disclaimer:  I haven’t really tested out this feature, only stolen a few things from a cupboard!)
I have not tried the PvP since the beta because I don’t really care about it (see above section about my lack of interest in MMO’s more generally).

On top of the Welcome Back invite I also received a coupon code for 20% off anything in the store, including the game.  Most likely I am going to buy the game now, so their marketing plan has worked at least a little.

qualsiasi
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qualsiasi

wanted to try it… space disk requirement 186GB….
ok thxbye

thatchefdude
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thatchefdude

Evade2015 Actually I think the possibility of completely custom classes is ESOs best aspect…

The graphics are horrible (seriously, everything either looks plasticky and too fake and the character models are the new LOTRO), the music is much lesser quality than the Soule soundtracks for the regular games, the combat is still average, the story is boring, the voice acting is good quality but the actual dialogue sucks…..

thatchefdude
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What kills it for me is the lack of a link between PC and PS4 accounts.

I absolutely love that I can raid on my powerful gaming PC so I don’t have to deal with lag spikes, play generally and relax on the couch with my PS4, and craft in bed on my Vita via remote play….. IMO its an even better MMO game because of thsi versatility, something  a lot of reviewers do not give it enough credit for, despite its consistent praise.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

I want to get into this, but with my lack of free time lately, I’d probably be better off doing my Nightmare run in Dragon Age: Inquisition (CUTE GIRL DORF KILLING ALL THE THINGS), maybe even finally get into MP (sad I missed the early weekends, but the game was just not optimized enough then to not annoy me). And my bf just finished his Metroid Corruption playthrough so he’s finally free to try to get back into The Secret World, and I may join him.

However, I’ve saved the emails I got about this, just in case.

Robert80
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hardy83 GeekySharp  Craglorn quest XP is pretty low.  If you skipped any content, you should be able to go back and do it for solid XP, even the faction quests from your early zones.  Outside that, it can be a bit of a grind.  Do your crafting dailies and Undaunted dailies for a chunk of XP toward it.
Finally, you can just have fun with a group of friends somewhere, or just run around destroying low VR world bosses… they still give decent XP after the first kill.  (Remember there is a small XP bonus for grouping, so it doesn’t hurt to just find somebody to run around with and kill stuff!)
The leveling seems far more streamlined so far to me at the VR levels since 1.6.  I know it didn’t really work so well to get you past VR10 back in the day, but right now my alt at VR2 is less than halfway into the second zone… and nearly VR3 already.  *I got double kills on all dolmen and world bosses in VR1, and skipped most of my 3rd zone for later XP boosting.  I have also done some of the undaunted runs with this toon.  Your results may vary!*

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Evade2015  LOL!  Please explain how the questing is better?  Please explain how the movement is better?  Please…  you get the point.  Everything you just listed is completely subjective unless you can provides some evidence.
As for ESO, the stats make plenty of sense.  They are what they say they are.  Elder scrolls has always been about build freedom, without making you fall into the exact Archetype of other RPGs, and the fact that you build what you want… and still have an effective character, is exactly what many people wanted.  In fact, considering that most themepark MMOs can’t seem to balance their forced archetypes worth a darn, the balancing of abilities in ESO is amazing (granted, at launch they had some major issues with stamina builds, but have made them far better.)

Shadanwolf
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Shadanwolf

I did a  12 month beta for the June console launch. That was enough.

RicharddeLeonIII
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RicharddeLeonIII

Estranged DugFromTheEarth Ironwu Can always try later. I’ll bet there will be a steam sale at some point.

RicharddeLeonIII
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RicharddeLeonIII

Evade2015 For some thats a good thing, being able to mix and match class abilities.  Lord knows thats why i play a fighter/mage on DDO :)