Elder Scrolls Online now boasts 8.5M players

At a press event today at ZeniMax Online Studios HQ, Elder Scrolls Online’s Matt Firor announced something we rarely get out of any MMORPG studio these days: a headcount.

Firor says that Elder Scrolls Online currently counts 8.5 million players across all platforms. This number reflects unique players, not concurrent subscribers (the game is buy-to-play with an optional sub). It does not count beta players or free weekend players, just people who’ve purchased the game outright, so it might more properly be termed “boxes sold.”

Massively OP’s ESO columnist, Larry Everett, was on hand at the event to clarify that the number is an update to the 7M number released last year.

We received explicit permission to print this news ahead of the original embargo lift.
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Humble DG

I feel the game continues to develop in a good way. Yeah, there are parts that need work, but overall, I think it’s going in the right direction. I also feel that it’s less grindy than other MMOs, but I’m pretty sure that’s just the way it comes across to myself. For now, the housing is a nice addon, but I’m enjoying the game a lot.

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xpsync

Agreed, sure there are some things i’d like them to add, underwater would be very nice feature as it makes mmo’s much more world like, and would love to see the addition of more goal focused quest lines which grant a really nice reward, maybe in Morrowind?

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xpsync

Becoming ever more invested in this mmo, i’ve noticed overall the community suffers dearly from having such opposite crowds, not in game but on the net.
As an example Housing, there are people literally complaining that you must do a quest and grind some faction to get a house. HELLO! if i had known that i would have never bought my first house with crowns, that’s so mmo i would love to do that. An accomplishment YES! I don’t know the exact details only read complaints, but I’ll definitely be “earning” any more homes i care to get. This game does need more of these sorts of goals.
Everywhere i go people are praising this mmo, and that’s more than likely as i hang in the mmo landscape of sites. Then you go to the official forum and they are literally frothing at the mouth and cry over every little thing (like faction grinding for a home) and it literally does not stop, i usually avoid official forums for this exact reason but here, it’s an unprecedented level which does not stop. It’s so polar opposite.

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Steve Fury

I wish they kept the houses and most of the furniture out of the cash shop and just added some “pretty”, high end, furniture in the crown store like FFXIV.

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Nathaniel Downes

Every month, I try ESO. I just cannot seem to get hooked on it, so I wind up going onto another title.

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Dark Wombat

Thanks for that! I was dying to know what you thought of the game and if you were hooked on it or not.

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Rottenrotny

I’m sure he was on the edge of his seat waiting to read what you thought of his comment as well! /thumbsup

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xpsync

Welcome to the last 3 years of my life. I pre-ordered this puppy, ES meets MMORPG, my two biggest gaming loves, log in at launch “You done fucked it up!”

Update 12, i can’t explain it, this is the only MMO i play now. Keep trying!

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Sean Drohan

I hear you and felt the same way. On (seemingly) my millionths time trying, it’s growing on me. Still can’t get over how combat still feels lacking. I just don’t feel connected to it – if that makes any sense.

Neverwinter’s combat (for example), in addition to all its innumerable (game) flaws, feels measurably better IMHO.

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odin valhalla

Having been in beta myself I can say this game has come a long way. 3 good 3 bad.
Good:
1. The game is stunning, really great graphics and detail absolutely top notch.
2. PVE: It’s got a lot of quests with well written stories, one tamriel was a game changer because you can now do everything at any time.
3. Dungeons: Really a good mix here and have varying degrees. One tamriel also put in high level regional gear drops to bosses, making the dungeons even more rewarding.

Bad:
1. Monetization model: Without beating a dead horse here I (and many others) find ZOS to be pretty suspect in this area on multiple fronts.
2. PVP: Its really bad right now, there really doesn’t appear to be much of an attempt to address long standing issues. IC was pretty much a bust because of the PVE grind for the currency. Overall this is the worst part of ESO right now.
3. Connection issues, bugs, rendering, invisible players, scripts, macro slicing, lag, stuttering. It’s not unplayable but it’s getting worse not better. Console from what I here is pretty bad, PC is manageable.

I recently unsubbed out of principal but for anyone out there thinking about buying the game I would say you should go for it, its overall a good value. The good outweigh the bad at this point IMHO.

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Dirty Ape

Are the racials still super unbalanced? More importantly, are the Argonians any good now? Things like that and the limited action bar are what have kept me away. It’s hard for me to get excited about new abilities when using them means I can no longer use old ones that I like.

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Anthony Clark

I’m a player, and I love it. =)

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Malcolm Swoboda

I’m technically a player but I may not have the time to dive into this until summer haha

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MMOBro

Most MMORPGs that launch in a state like ESO did find themselves find themselves circling the drain for several years. I’m glad Bethesda didn’t give up and continued to provide resources that Zenimax Online properly used. ESO is hard to beat for all around package nowadays in the MMORPG space.