The Elder Scrolls Online base game will be free-to-play for a week starting November 6

    
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Curious about the Clockwork City, Elsweyr, or Murkmire in The Elder Scrolls Online? Well, too bad, you’re not getting any of that for free. But you are getting the base game and all of its content for free along with Morrowind starting this Wednesday, November 6th, which is still a pretty good deal.

For those who are on the fence about ESO or who perhaps were waiting for the next free play event, your time is coming soon as the MMORPG will be available between November 6th and November 13th on PC/Mac, Xbox One, and PS4. New players can pick from the base game’s four classes (Nightblade, Templar, Dragonknight, and Sorcerer) and explore 23 zones, while players who already had an account for a previous free play event can pick up right where they left off. Free players will also get 500 free Crowns to use in the in-game store.

Those who are interested in getting started will want to head to the Free Play page once the event starts. A friendly bit of advice from me to you, though: Start in Morrowind. Seriously, it’s got a far superior starting area than the base game.

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MilitiaMasterV
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MilitiaMasterV

Glad I saw this. I got a week of stealing stuff rogue-style in. Not sure if it ends tomorrow/day after/locks me out, but if so it was fun. (I managed to steal so much I got multiple bank upgrades/3 character inventory upgrades x2. Was starting to run into the problem of not enough storage though, and if they seriously put crafting bag as non-buy-able option/only paying per month, I don’t think I want to pay for the game.) Not entirely sure I like other aspects of it, but the thieving mechanics were definitely on par/fun. Didn’t even touch the story, and most of the stuff you could stop and read made pretty much zero sense as a new to ES person…

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rafael12104

I came back to ESO recently. I stepped away from the game in its first year because the game really wasn’t very good, and they were having severe issues with duping and cheating.

And, well, they overcame all of their issues and have turned ESO into a first-class MMORPG. They have improved everything, or so it seems, since those early days. Combat is better, the UI is improved, the game crashing and progression ending bugs are gone, the graphics are improved and there is a wealth of content to boot.

Given all the expansions and DLCs the game is huge now. Starting back at the beginning I’m finding that the game has surpassed all of the expectations I had long ago when it first launched.

I’ll come and go as I please too. I lose nothing by stepping away from the game now. The only issue I’m having is that I need to relax and take my time and not rush to cap.

Oh, one more thing, and this is important. Every major DLC has a starter area. So, you don’t have to go back to vanilla to jump in. The last toon I created, I used the Elsweyr starting point. So, after a few levels, I was fighting Dragons. LOL! Can’t beat that.

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Anthony Clark

Love ESO! It’s awesome!

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Diego Lindenmeyer

need buy lots of DLC/expansion , they need to fix this and ofc lower the price.

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rafael12104

I’ll have to double-check, but if you sub as an ESO Plus member you get all the DLC and expansions. Yes, it is at minimum a 30-day sub, but given what you get, I think it is a pretty damn good deal. It costs 14.95 US. See the link for details on what you get.

For me, it is worth it. I won’t stay subbed a full year. I just come and go whenever I want and since I get everything for 14.95, much which I haven’t seen yet, it is money well spent.

https://www.elderscrollsonline.com/en-us/guides/esoplusguide

Mordyjuice
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Mordyjuice

Another game to download for my wife for the next weekend we have off.

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Bruno Brito

Honestly, i feel like they should make the base game f2p.

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kimowar101

nah

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Bruno Brito

I have ESO.

Yah.

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kimowar101

as do I, and it doesn’t need to be messed up with the f2p aka pay more to play model.

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Bruno Brito

Uh…It already sells everything as DLC. It can’t be worse.

And people really still think F2P is only possible when heavily P2W. It isn’t.

micedicetwice
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micedicetwice

Agree. They sell everything they can sell, sometimes borderline p2w (skillpoints etc), they have pretty expensive lootboxes, their biggest and prettiest houses costs more than 100$, it just can’t get any worse at this point. Pure p2w is worse but I doubt they would do that.

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Bruno Brito

I mean, how would they do that. I love ESO and i don’t feel like the non-sub is that bad, but it is a tad inconvenient. How would they sell power? Unless they go full SWTOR and slice a lot of features behind paywalls ( which would fuck their non-sub playerbase who bought the games ), i don’t see the issue.

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rafael12104

I agree, Bruno. T0 be honest, I don’t see why anything else would really have to change at all. It would be more like a free trial. They wouldn’t need to add all of the other f2p gottachs. Everything is already in the cash shop.

The only thing might be that for f2p players, there might have to be some restrictions on chat. Those pesky gold farmers would be out in full force.

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oldandgrumpy

Is this game having a retention problem ?

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kimowar101

not at all, nothing wrong with them trying to reel in more players.
they will probably run a sale at the same time.

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Daniel Miller

You know staff…. it is kinda funny how you will post ESO free trial time period but not ffxi. They have one November 8 to 18th.

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Bruno Brito

Maybe because it’s on 8, we have time.

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Exxar

Huh? Wasn’t the base game sans Morrowind already free and fully playable since the F2P conversion?

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Daniel Miller

No

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Bruno Brito

No. ESO isn’t f2p.