Elder Scrolls Online hosts free play weekend, hands out freebies, and outlines PvP updates

Have any grand plans for this weekend? If you have nothing better to do, why not take a trip to Tamriel and enjoy some free goodies from ZeniMax.

Starting on Thursday and continuing through the following Wednesday, anyone can play Elder Scrolls Online’s core game and Vvardenfell for free on console or PC. It’s a nice way to experience Morrowind if you haven’t purchased that yet.

Additionally, you can pick up a free Flame Atronach wolf pet and five Ouroboros crown crates by watching Elder Scrolls Online’s QuakeCon 2018 keynote address this Friday at noon eastern on Twitch or YouTube. The dev team is going to be talking about “all-new information” regarding the Wolfhunter and Murkmire DLC packs, so you might learn something too.

ZeniMax also has a new blog piece out today on PvP changes coming in update 19 to all players, regardless of whether they grab the new DLC next week. It’s worth a peek for its overview of the Istirus Outpost battleground, the new keep recall stones, new keep decay rules, and new PvP cosmetics.

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Yoshi Senpai

I see the article and think “Oh snap! They finally have a fix for cryodiil???” and felt a tinge of regret for uninstalling the game to make room for WoW.

After reading the article I feel validated.

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dumpster_baby

Pvp updates still don’t do anything to address the terrible state that pvp is in. It’s just busy work to make it seem like they are doing something worthwhile just like the lackluster class changes that came with summerset. A few ability tweaks here and there but just mostly fluff that does nothing to address the core issues with this game.

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Yoshi Senpai

I find it funny they added a new item that is going to just make the issues with Cyrodiil even worse.

It’s like ZOS has not yet found out that the game has a stroke when a lot of players are in one spot and also when you teleport between keeps.

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hurbster

Meh, Ouroborous crates – not worth the hassle.

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Sana Tan

I wish them the best but not even a free pet is enough to make me log these days. After the anniversary event I suddenly burnt out. IDK what would it take to make me come back, maybe a better PVP system where you don’t die in 2 secs (sorry I guess I’m too old fashioned, low TTK kills the fun for me).
And about PVE: Dungeons that are not restricted to DLCs. My friends don’t subscribe so we never have anything new to do anymore, and no one comes back, and so on.

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feleran

Of course they quit the game if they do not subscribe. You need ESO+ to play this game normally.

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Weilan

Is that another misleading article with vague explanations where it’s not clear if owners of the game get free access to the DLCs they don’t have or people who don’t have the game can play it for free?

Because last time you made such a misleading article, I got my friend who doesn’t have the game to download it only to find out he can’t play.

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Sorenthaz

“Starting on Thursday and continuing through the following Wednesday, anyone can play Elder Scrolls Online’s core game and Vvardenfell for free on console or PC.”

Or the direct quote from their website:

“Starting Thursday, August 9 at 10:00AM EDT, you can play The Elder Scrolls Online free on all platforms (PC/Mac, PlayStation®4, and Xbox One). Once the event starts, visit our Free Play page and select your platform of choice. You’ll be able to enjoy the ESO base game AND the Vvardenfell zone completely free until Wednesday, August 15 at 10:00AM EDT.”

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Weilan

Good, cause last time they wrote an article about this, it was not clear at all exactly what it is.

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Roger Melly

I am not sure it will apply this time but I found out last time to get access to the DLC’s I had to go into the cash shop and activate the free to play period .

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Weilan

Yeah that’s how it works, that’s how I played Orsinium and Clockwork City in April.

Right now it seems like there isn’t much else for me to play as I have the other DLCs. I’m not very interested in Wolfhunter, because I’m not a fan of werewolf and vampire shit, I find it as lame as dragons and zombies.

I’m more interested i Murkmire and I wish they would work towards expanding into Elsweyr and Black Marsh. I can’t wait for Tamriel to be completely filled with zones, I’m super curious what regions will they explore next? Maybe Akavir.

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Roger Melly

;) I kind of liked the zombie dragon in A Game of Thrones though .

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Sorenthaz

Mreh. As much as I kind of felt bad about it I ended up shelving ESO and uninstalling it from my PC since I don’t have any friends interested in it + am bouncing between both FFXIV and WoW along with some other misc games that grab my attention better than ESO does.