Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr early access has begun

    
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We’re just two weeks out from the official launch of Elsweyr in The Elder Scrolls Online, complete with new zone, new Necro class, and of course, more dragons than you can shake a cat at. And you know what that means: Early access has arrived as of today, so those of you who preordered digitally (or who preorder digitally right now before the formal June 4th launch) can jump right in and kick up a dust trail on your way to the land of the Khajiit. Console players thank you for your service exterminating all the bugs before they are granted access, I’m sure.

“Your extra character slot from Elsweyr will be added after you log in to a character for the first time,” ZeniMax reminds players.

Meanwhile, both the MMORPG and ESO subreddits are buzzing over some tweaks to the cash shop right about now: The bundle that allows you to play any race in any alliance appears to be changing in price from 2000 to 11700 crowns ($20 to $80), although the 2000-crown price is still listed as the current sale price. [ZeniMax has clarified for us that that’s not the future price, in spite of the strikethrough of the higher value: The 11700 crowns is supposed to be its total value, but it will always be 2000 crowns. “The price you see on the Any Race, Any Alliance bundle is its permanent price,” the studio says. “It’s meant to display the total value of the bundle, rather than a sale (which is why there’s no timer.)”] And there’s grumbling over the ability to purchase Skyshards unlocks too, which are effectively skill point unlocks, and they’re not coming cheaply, nor are they account-wide.

Don’t miss all of our Elsweyr coverage to date!

And the new launch trailer is now up!

Source: Patch notes

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Rottenrotny

The dragons look neat. I love they they do an Onyxia style strafing dragon breath run and kill almost everyone. It’s hilarious.

I think the Elsweyr zone we start in looks really quite nice. They raised the bar on world detail this time around.

I’m currently level 11 on my Altmer Necromancer. Having fun so far, though I’ll say this really feels like any other ESO expansion.

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hurbster

When something is that expensive for something so trivial it means they really don’t want you to buy it.

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Mewmew

“players grumble” could basically be in the news for just about every update a game does :D

The first grumble is about something that was the players mistaking a price increase that wasn’t happening.

The second grumble is about purchasing Skyshards, and again there is misinformation. You can’t just buy Skyshards on a new account, you can only buy them on an alt character if you’ve already collected them all in the zone you’re buying them for with another character. So you can’t just skip doing it, this is only for alts after you have already done it before on another character.

That and there is no reason to buy them as it’s pretty easy to collect them all again honestly. It’s for people with more money than game time (or sense).

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hurbster

I’ll tell you what it’s good for, letting you know if you missed any shards on a map. Saw a couple of public dungeons I completely missed somehow.

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Toy Clown

Rushed home from work, fired up the computer and started patching. Going to eat, watch some GoT and the patch should be done by then. Looking forward to it!

And yes, when I saw the prices for shards in the cash shop, I just kind of laughed. While I do have several characters, most of them are crafting alts and I only have one main that I take through all content.

I want to make a necromancer, so I’ll probably start it as a crafting alt, then I’ll start playing it in about 30 days, after it’s gained enough riding skill not to feel too incredibly slow.

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Mewmew

There is zero reason or need to purchase those Skyshard unlocks. It’s not like you’re purchasing extra skyshards, you’re just unlocking the ones that you unlock in the game zones by playing anyway, AND you have to have gathered them on another character too to get the ability to buy them!

It’s so easy to run back through on your alts and gather them up again. I can’t see that being purchased much other than by people with more money than game time.

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Chris Walker

I’m too busy enjoying the fantastic gameplay to spend time grumbling about the optional items on the optional cash shop.

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zuldar

[ZeniMax has clarified for us that that’s not the future price, in spite of the strikethrough of the higher value: The 11700 crowns is supposed to be its total value, but it will always be 2000 crowns.

I always find it a bit disingenuous when a company says a virtual good is worth x amount. How are they deciding that? It’s not like you can buy the race/faction combos individually. If they’re only ever going to sell the package for 2000 crowns than it’s only worth 2000 crowns and even that is subjective.

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Darthbawl

No better than places like Amazon/Newegg listing crazy high price that is marked out, the actual selling price and a you save xx% phrase with it. Kind of like running out of of stock of virtual items LOL.

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Mewmew

Because it comes with other stuff that has a normal buy price. It has a mount, costumes, race and name change tokens, experience scrolls, treasure maps, it has a bunch of stuff that normally costs a certain amount to buy.

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zuldar

Which would be relevant if there was an option to buy the any race/any faction combo without all the fluff. Since there isn’t than the 2000 crown value can be considered to include all that stuff and is still the “real” value.

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Darthbawl

Seems the Skyshards unlock issue has two quibbles (unless there are any more?):

1. Offering it AT ALL is a big no-go to some, for whatever reason they have. (<– I don't honestly have an issue with this)

2. Making it not account-wide is a big no-no for some. (<– This one I can very much understand, esp. with how much it is costing)

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NeoWolf

Skyshards unlock not being account wide is just a blatant cash grab for an supposedly CONVENIENCE item that you can only buy IF you have already unlocked them for a region on an existing character first.

To milk that for EVERY individual character is just shameful

I mean it isn’t like they are hard to get normally they just take time…. nothing remotely convenient about those crown store items I shall be giving those a huge MISS.

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Sorenthaz

Purchasing the skyshards directly does seem a bit odd but, I mean, it’s not something that’s must-buy nor does it really put you at a disadvantage and there’s plenty of information out there on how to find each skyshard. It’s literally just a lazy whale option.

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thirtymil

1. The bundle includes a lot more than just the Any Race, Any Alliance unlock – it also includes stuff like the faction-specific hoods, pets, outfits and mounts. That’s where they get the massively high price from.

2. However, Zenimax/Bethesda should know after their Fallout 76 ‘Holidays Emote Bundle’ mispricing that strikethrough is seen as a sale, and ‘total value’ is what they should have been using for the individual price of the items.

3. To buy the Skyshard pack for a zone you need to have found them all on another character first, which is why my main got spammed with 41 ‘achievement unlocked’ notifications on login today. It tells you how many skill points it’ll effectively earn you when you look at it in the cash shop, based on how many skyshards from that zone your current alt has already found.

4. But it is basically buying power for alt characters. Whether that’s better or worse than, say, Warcraft selling character boosts is debatable – WoW’s character boost saves you levelling grind but won’t get you endgame power, whereas in ESO skillpoints are pretty much a key part of the endgame power (alongside CP160 set gear and Champion Points), but it won’t save you levelling time.

tl;dr: points 1 & 3 have the info, 2 & 4 have the rage material :)