Elder Scrolls Online is not launching a swag-stuffed physical collector’s edition of Elsweyr

    
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One of the announcements oddly missing from the Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr hoopla earlier this week was one about physical swag for the collector’s edition. Turns out that wasn’t an oversight; that was intentional, and ZeniMax isn’t offering a physical CE for the catpeople chapter at all.

“We decided to move away from requiring our most loyal, invested players to purchase a full version of the game every year in order to get the physical Collector’s Edition goodies, so we decided not to release a physical CE for Elsweyr,” ZeniMax tweeted. “We are exploring options for at least one (or more) Season of the Dragon-themed physical collectible item that will not require a game purchase. If these prove to be popular, we could release more over the year. Stay tuned for details!”

Queue mixed reactions from the playerbase – some folks wanted “collection continuity,” while others didn’t really want to pay for the whole shebang anyway. Still others are wondering whether Bethsoft’s substudios are simply backing away from physical content after the disastrous Fallout 76 backlash late last year. Either way, no dragon statues for you… at least not as part of a CE.

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Nathan Aldana

Tbh, I think this is a net good. Less concentration on ridiculous chintzy bullshit and more focus in not wasting a baujillion ad dollars.

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mysecretid

What? No canvas bags? Does this mean that (*ahem*) the Elsweyr cats are out of the bag(s)? Hee hee hee :-)

Okay, okay! Put the guns away! I’ll let myself out!

Yeesh! You try to tell a joke around here … mumble mumble mumble …

(forgive me … I had to do it)

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kieranbunny

no…see…wif da great canvas shortage of 2018 barely behind us…all da cats are hoarding their bags!..Don’t even try to get em out of em..dey will scratch..and yowl and..and..==(:*O

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K38FishTacos

That’s nice. They’re doing it for us.

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Jack Pipsam

It’s always possible that retail can find their own way to do it. The Morrowind expansion one I got was a special edition more or less put together by EB Games I think to throw in a previously released (but pretty sweet) fully published hardcover Elder Scrolls Online book.

Not that I’m super into Collector’s Editions much anymore regardless. The last WoW one was awful, no CD, no artbook, no mouse-mat. Yuck.

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Fenrir Wolf

I’m not surprised.

The Razum-dar journal in the Somerset expansion was a thing of loveliness, and a joy to read, but that was when they still had the cream of the crop of Bethesda’s talent, opposed to just the cruft.

It’s been obvious for a while that at some nebulous point after Somerset, most of their cleverest clogs were drained away by Beth proper to focus on the newly announced TES VI. The disastrous train wreck that the poor argonian lovers were saddled with in Murkmire all but confirmed that.

So, to Elsweyr we go. Any erudite spod wise in the ways of lore would be disappointed by the incredible number of options they could have chosen to flesh out. That they opted for dragons in the most inopportune of places marks it as a cash-grab. I can’t say I have especially high hopes for the future of ESO right now.

Of all of the secrets, mysteries, intrigues, and cultural milieus, and iconic macguffins they could’ve shone a clarifying light upon… I feel a little offended, honestly. It’s such a cynical move to use dragons that it shows they’ve no respect for their audience.

“It’s dragons. They’re a bunch of blithering numps, they’ll eat it up. They’ll be all, like, ‘woah, dragons bruh, dragonborns dude’ and that’ll sell the expansion for us.”

It just feels so, so cynical.

It doesn’t end there though, does it? Sadly not. I commented about this elsewhere (oh dear) on the site… but, well… honestly, of all of the choices, of all of the possibilities available to them, their very bestest best idea was Necromancer? This hurts me, it’s yet more of the same cynicism.

Necromancers are hardly commonplace in the Elder Scrolls setting in any era, but what you might not have considered is a.) this allows for redguard necromancers which is just the most unintentionally hilarious contradiction of terms, and b.) there’ll be mountains of dead thanks to the knahaten flu. Classy, ZeniMax. Classy.

For one thing, they could have focused on khajiiti culture, Azurah, and the moons. For another, isn’t there at least part of the Numidium present there in the sceond era? The assembly site is at least. They could’ve had fun exploring that. There are so many options.

On top of this, it was The Elder Scrolls Online itself that reimagined the khajiit as monks of the moons. Why… Why in the Elsweyr expansion was the new class not a monk? We’ve not had a good monk class since Everquest II. I’d have loved that.

This doesn’t feel like it has any depth at all.

“They like cats. They like dragons. They like Necromancers. Look, we’ve probably only got one expansion left before we have to close shop, so let’s be sure to wring every last cent out of our customers, okay? This next expansion will have necromancers, dragons, and cats. All of them, yes.”

Sigh.

I really used to like ESO. Wolfhunter made it really obvious something was deeply wrong, though, and it’s just getting worse. ZOS is going to be another one of those developers that drives their own MMO into the ground. They’ll be in good company, I suppose.

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Arktouros

If I ever get this one, I’m 100% making a Red Guard Necromancer after reading this.

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Maggie May

I love cats and Dragons ….

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camren_rooke

How very blasphemous of you.

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Karma_Mule

Well, if you’ve played through the Daggerfall Covenant storyline there are redguard necromancers already. In all the main faction quest lines we’re frequently fighting necromancers. TES games have always let players explore the darker side of adventuring as well as the heroic, so this feels in line with that. And, I like how they’ll be adding features so that PC practicing of necromantic skills in view of the general populace will trigger the justice system.

As far as dragons, I’d wager most players are not purists when it comes to story and, like Maggie May and myself, enjoy the addition of dragons. Rather than taking a negative stance and saying the use of dragons is “cynical”, I’d say it’s providing something a large number of their players would find enjoyable.

And, why would they think they have to “close shop” soon? ESO seems to be doing quite well. I’d imagine they see many years ahead for it.

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Tav

Finally! The discs were obsolete by the time you got them anyway. More digital items for those wanting to pay a premium and more merchandise in the store for EVERYONE to purchase.

I wish other publishers would follow suite.

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Jack Pipsam

The physical version of the game isn’t going away (it’s still, important/nice to many folk), it’s just that tat in a pack that’s gone.

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Tav

Yep but that’s what I mean. Those of us buying these collector’s editions, at least myself, are buying these for the included goodies. Not the discs or game key. I’d much rather get a digital copy of the game and buy goodies separately. Those who require the discs (plenty of valid reasons) are able to and don’t miss out on goodies either.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Maggie May

You made my day ….. again! Razum Dar would thank you.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

You made mine as well Maggie. 😂

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dumpster_baby

I don’t buy it that they are doing it solely for “our most loyal, invested players.” This is clearly more cost cutting measures from the suits at the top. For a company boasting about how much growth they’ve had, it doesn’t seem like a logical move.

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Fenrir Wolf

Exactly my sentiment. I think Beth has pretty much left ESO out in the cold to die. Both dragons and Necromancers alike in Elsweyr feels so unbelievably cynical. It should be April the 1st. Why is it not April the 1st?

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Yoshi Senpai

ESO has been growing year after year. Just because you don’t like this new chapter doesn’t mean the game is gonna drop dead in a year.

What a mighty opinion you have of yourself to think over a million players are going to just up and quit because you feel insulted by a game.

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NeoWolf

They did say they would have some physical goods based on the Elsweyr release though, they just were not going to be attached to copies of the game so it isn’t like memorabilia won’t be available.

I mean come on, they are not entirely dumb, merchandising your popular i.p is business 101 if it wasn’t George Lucas would be significantly poorer right now lol

I know I have one friend who desperately wants one of those wrathstones to put on his shelf :)

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Tandor

I was a bit disappointed when they announced this earlier, but then I thought of how much money I’d save and felt better about it!