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Elder Scrolls Online releases update 6 trailer

Elder Scrolls Online’s huge update 6 patch went live last night, but the celebration begins today. ZeniMax has released a new video exploring all of the update’s major features, but it’s the new justice system that imbues online Tamriel with that classic Elder Scrolls ambiance and has recaptured MMO players’ attention.

Quipped a player tweeting as Shank last night, “Picked a pocket. Got caught. Didn’t pay bounty. Panicked. Ran for my life. Killed by a wolf in the chase. Justice system 10/10.”

The new video and some fresh wallpapers are below; let us know if you’re playing! We might just be bringing back our old Elder Scrolls Online column next week…

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Elder Scrolls Online’s Update 6 is live

What’s new in The Elder Scrolls Online? Well, how long have you got? Today’s Update 6 added the justice system, the champion system, a collections system, animation and tutorial updates, a provisioning revamp, game rebalancing, and more.

The justice system allows you to indulge your inner criminal by stealing from Tamrielian NPCs, breaking into their homes, and even murdering them outright.

The champion system is “a new progression and development” mechanic that becomes available at Veteran Rank 1. Champion points are earned by doing anything in the game that generates XP, and each character on your account will receive a point to spend on progression-related niceties when it is earned by your VR character(s). There’s much more to the update, so click the link below to learn all about it.

[Source: Patch notes; thanks Chum!]

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One Shots: Riding railroad

Superhero MMOs really make for some spectacular screenshots, you have to agree. And if you don’t agree, you might be on the receiving end of Massively OP reader Russell’s verdant vengeance.

“This is my Green Lantern, Pinball, from DCUO,” Russell submitted. “He’s taking to the skies in the blackest of night where no evil shall escape his sight, and those who worship evil’s might are about to get their asses kicked by his Green Lantern’s Light!”

I got goosebumps. Seriously. Now let’s see what the community has for us in this full-color edition of One Shots!

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One Shots: Dragons can be heroes, too

I’ve given dragons a lot of flack over the years for being overused, underwhelming stock MMO bosses when bears deserve top billing. But what about player dragon heroes? Where do they stand in my estimation?

I guess I’ll give them the scaly benefit of the doubt that they can do actual good in the world and be self-sacrificing for those in need, although it wouldn’t surprise me if most of them turned out to be raid villains in the making.

Our first One Shot for the day is from dragon-loving Jake: “This is Kahdesh’Hadhi, an Argonian Dragon Knight from Elder Scrolls Online. I think this game is beautiful, and I’ve taken more screenshots here in the past week than I have in any other game. It helps that the UI is so minimal that I’m much more immersed in the environment and aware of my surroundings on a regular basis.”

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Elder Scrolls Online adds more loyalty rewards

Just because Elder Scrolls Online is going buy-to-play in a month doesn’t mean that ZeniMax is giving up hope that you’ll stay subscribed to the game. Today the studio announced that it is adding two more loyalty rewards for those who have kept a sub up for a while.

The first reward is a delightfully creepy Mask of Cheerful Slaughter for those who have been with the game for nine months. Even better is the addition of the Striped Senche mount. This exclusive bridled tiger will be available to those who are subscribed on March 16th and have already banked 300 days of subscription time at that point.

You can check out a quick video of both of these rewards after the break.

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Elder Scrolls Online’s Tales of Dead contest seeks lore entries

If you fancy yourself a storyteller, and you’re an Elder Scrolls Online fan, ZeniMax has a new contest that you might want to enter. Tales of the Dead tasks you with providing the backstory for that grim screenshot up yonder. You could win a $25 Bethesda Store gift certificate and an ESO t-shirt for your efforts.

Entries must be 500 words or less, and you have until Friday, February 20th, at 11:59 EST to post them in the contest thread.

[Source: Tales of the Dead]

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Elder Scrolls’ road ahead is paved with virtual currency

Elder Scrolls Online game director Matt Firor has posted a lengthy Road Ahead update on the game’s website. He touches on loyalty rewards (including a special mount for players who have been around since the beginning), console release questions and transfer issues, and — oh goodie — the upcoming cash shop.

Yes, virtual currency is coming to Tamriel when the title switches business models in a couple of months, and Firor trots out the usual “customization and convenience” lines when discussing the stuff currently slated for the item mall. He also mentions ESO Plus, which is the membership level that will net you 1500 funny monies per month along with DLC packs and leveling bonuses.

[Source: Road Ahead – Feb.]

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Learn how to be a thief in The Elder Scrolls Online

The first phase of the Justice system is already on Elder Scrolls Online’s test servers, but you don’t have to wait until it deploys on live to learn how to be an effective thief.

Deltias Gaming has a great video guide of Update 6’s Legerdemain skill line. Through this line, players can sneak, steal, and evade the authorities if they’re wily enough. To start your career as a future thief, you’ll need to pickpocket an NPC to access this part of the game. Other than enjoying the thrill of getting away with stealing under guards’ noses, players can benefit from Legerdemain by selling stolen goods for profit. Check out the video below!

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