Celebrate The Elder Scrolls’s 25th anniversary by playing ESO’s Elsweyr Prologue today (for free!)

    
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Twenty-five years ago today, a relatively unknown game-development studio by the name of Bethesda Softworks released a little game called The Elder Scrolls: Arena, kicking off one of gaming’s most beloved (and lucrative) franchises. In celebration of the occasion, The Elder Scrolls Online is inviting players to jump into Tamriel to check out the new Elsweyr Prologue content, which is going live today.

In the prologue — which is part of the base game, meaning that players don’t need to have the Wrathstone DLC or an Elsweyr pre-purchase to access it — players will “discover the true purpose of the Wrathstone” and “unleash Dragons upon the unsuspecting Khajiit of Elsweyr.” Players who complete the prologue’s questlines will reward players with the Dragon Flight Illusion Gem memento, which can be used to “summon a spectral group of mini-dragons.”

And to make sure everyone can experience this new content, Zenimax is opening the gates to Tamriel with a free-play event. From Thursday, March 28th, until Wednesday, April 3rd, players on all platforms can access the full base game and the Morrowind DLC without paying a single red cent. And for players who check out the game during the free-play event and decide they want to jump feet-first into the game, both the base game and the Summerset DLC are going on sale until April 9th and April 2nd, respectively. To learn more about the Elsweyr prologue, you can check out the full announcement on the game’s official site or scroll on down to watch the official Elsweyr zone trailer.

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Daniel Reasor

The faction who give out the daily quests after the prologue quest aren’t officially called the Flerken Defense Force, but I’m never going to call them anything but that.

Also, do check out the quest if you haven’t. Seeing the moment when the dragons emerge rendered in the game’s engine instead of in a cinematic is worth it.

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Oleg Chebeneev

That was pretty good trailer.

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Sana Tan

I did the quest, loved it, wasn’t expecting that much. And got Morrowind for free, hehe, I still love you Bethesda, I don’t care what anyone says. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TES, TY FOR SO MUCH <3

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Mewmew

Bethesda? Zenimax made and runs Elder Scrolls Online. Zenimax owns Bethesda and got some input from them, but Bethesda did not make ESO nor have that much to do with it.

Bethesda made its first entry into an MMO type game with Fallout 76. ESO isn’t Bethesda…

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Castagere Shaikura

LOL if figures that a lot of people are getting invalid code messages. Typical of Bethesda these days.

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Mewmew

Zenimax made and runs ESO, not Bethesda. Honestly, lucky for us. They didn’t know how to make MMORPGs and I can’t imagine what we would have got if it was left to Bethesda to make. They’re great at single player games, but bumbled into MMO territory with Fallout 76 with the grace of a newborn horse trying to stand for the first time.

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Castagere Shaikura

If I could run Morrowind on my widescreen pc monitor I would still play it. Bethesda should at least give the old gal a graphics update. If they can do it for GW1 they should be able to do it for Morrowind.

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Blinkenn

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is also free from Bethesda today

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BalsBigBrother

A bit related to this but you can get a free copy of Morrowind: GOTY for PC (original game not ESO expansion) by redeeming TES25TH-MORROWIND on your Bethesda.net account.

Fair warning though both the Bethesda website and the Bethesda launcher seem a bit flaky at the moment so it might take a while to work or a few tries. Mine showed up about an hour after entering the code. Also it uses the Bethesda.net launcher to install and I can’t even log in to that right now so be patient I guess.

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Schmidt.Capela

Everything related to Elder Scrolls is also on sale on Steam, except for the pre-order for the Elsweyr ESO expansion.

Not that this does me any good; the only Elder Scrolls items I don’t already have on Steam are the ESO expansions and Skyrim VR, and since I don’t plan on ever returning to ESO and consider VR to not be worth my while I’m not interested in purchasing those.

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izanagi

Its not worth buying Elder Scrolls Online on steam at any price. Get it externally and avoid added game access issues.

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Schmidt.Capela

I got it for free, and it’s not even installed right now. I wasn’t planning to purchase it, as I have no interest in any ESO game where I can’t freely mod the gameplay.

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hurbster

Well, seeing as it’s an MMO that’s never going to happen. Most people on PC do heavily mod it though.

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Chris Walker

Are you saying that you don’t want to play ESO because you can’t mod it like you can with a single player game?

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Eliandal

Like I don’t have enough to do in this stupid game ;)!

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Alex Willis

I am pumped to see that Necromancer ultimate transformation in action.

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cambruin

Wait, the class is accessible in the prologue?

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Chris Walker

No, it’s not accessible during this pre-quest phase — just at release.