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9:00 PM on 01.22.2014

The Elder Scrolls Online receives M rating from ESRB

Bethesda announced on their Facebook page that The Elder Scrolls Online will be rated M for Mature. The statement from Bethesda stated the company disagree with the ESRB's rating, but they also "do not plan to challenge" it....

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The Elder Scrolls Online hits PC/Mac first in April photo
The Elder Scrolls Online hits PC/Mac first in April
by Jordan Devore

ZeniMax Online Studios has come out with a suitably memorable release date for The Elder Scrolls Online: April 4, 2014 (aka 4.4.14). That's when the massively multiplayer online role-playing game will arrive on PC and Mac -- hopefully without too many launch-window issues. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions are coming a bit later in June.

Glad to have this news out of the way, but it's the new trailer I'm more interested in. It features some PvP, which basically amounts to crowds of people wailing on one another and some occasional structural damage. A faction-based approach worked quite well in Guild Wars 2, and I'm keen to experience a similar system in TES Online.

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3:00 PM on 10.17.2013

This is The Elder Scrolls Online's character creator

I've come to warm up to The Elder Scrolls Online after seeing it at a few different events. One aspect that never disappointed me, even early on, is the MMORPG's character creator. Granted, I wasn't able to dig too deeply, a...

Jordan Devore



Grand Theft Yoga, Destiny's Sunsets & Elder Subscriptions photo
Grand Theft Yoga, Destiny's Sunsets & Elder Subscriptions
by Max Scoville

Hey gang! Here's that darn Destructoid Show again! Hooray!

The news: Steve Ballmer's gonna retire from Microsoft, Elder Scrolls Online has a subscription fee as well as a cash shop, there's some talk about exchanging your current-gen games for next-gen ones, Destiny is very pretty, a whole bunch of games just got release dates, and Grand Theft Auto V was clearly made by perverted teenage boys who have just no respect for Yoga. Hmph.

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10:30 PM on 08.16.2013

GTA, CoD, & Dishonored Multiplayer! Plus: Prey 2 Reboot?

Hey gang! I'm back from my important business trip to give you hard-hitting news about video games! Hooray! Today we talk about Grand Theft Auto Online, which sounds totally nuts, and apparently involves submarines?! Dying L...

Max Scoville

8:30 PM on 08.06.2013

Elder Scrolls Online, Shark Hunting in ACIV & Xbox 720

Hey everybody! Here's another episode of The Destructoid Show! Because Tuesday! Some sneaky Redditors have uncovered evidence pointing to the existence of Left 4 Dead 3, Bethesda has finally shown off The Elder Scrolls ...

Max Scoville





9:00 AM on 03.28.2013

Dishonored was originally to be set in medieval Japan

Arkane Studios’ Sebastien Mitton gave a talk at GDC in which he revealed the warmly received Dishonored was originally set to take place in medieval Japan. Mitton continued, “We thought medieval Japan was not goo...

Steven Hansen

9:30 PM on 03.19.2013

Elder Scrolls Online, Riccitiello Resigns & Transistor!

Hey guys! Here's today's Destructoid Show.  Big news, in terms of business stuff -- EA's John Riccitiello has resigned from his role as CEO. EA is offering a generous choice of one of eight free games for customers ...

Max Scoville



Preview: The Elder Scrolls Online photo
Preview: The Elder Scrolls Online
by Chris Carter

The Elder Scrolls Online has a lot to prove.

Not only does developer Zenimax have to placate the fans of old, and sell them on the idea of a subscription based MMO, but they also have to bring in fans who have never played the franchise if they want to sustain their model.

As both an Elder Scrolls fan since Daggerfall and an avid MMO player, I was excited to get my hands on the game last week to see what it really had to offer, and if it would deliver on either front.

After an extended period play time, I think that in some ways, The Elder Scrolls Online functions as a traditional MMO that won't sway people who have disdain for the genre. But in other ways, it's doing a lot of things that may warrant a second look, and it's looking really good for Elder Scrolls and MMO fans alike.

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Zenimax: Elder Scrolls Online will ship with 16 instances photo
Zenimax: Elder Scrolls Online will ship with 16 instances
by Chris Carter

A big concern I had going into the Elder Scrolls Online preview was their plans for endgame content, which I drilled Zenimax for information on.

As we all know, MMOs may offer a unique experience at launch, but if they don't support the fans who are prone to resubscribe, you're going to start bleeding users pretty quickly (The Old Republic). While they didn't blow me away with any detailed post-launch plans, I did like the sound of a few things in particular.

Specifically, some of the game's 16 shipped instances will have a second portion that essentially functions in the same vein as World of Warcraft's heroics for max level characters (level 50) -- but with an extra unique story attached to it. New chapters and content are also planned post launch, as are "hotfix style updates" that will add new content.

How much extra content is yet to be seen, and if the release schedule isn't up to snuff, they may have to drop the subscription fee method entirely. But for the time being, it seems as if Elder Scrolls Online will have plenty to do after you hit the level cap at launch.

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9:00 AM on 03.19.2013

Elder Scrolls Online will fully support first person play

Fans were pretty upset after learning that the first person mode in The Elder Scrolls Online, a feature long time players have been rooting for, would be extremely limited. After all, it's kind of expected with this franchise...

Chris Carter

7:15 PM on 03.18.2013

Bethesda will have The Elder Scrolls Online at PAX East

With PAX East nearly upon us, Bethesda has given the heads up that The Elder Scrolls Online will be playable this week in Boston. When the game was first announced, some of us who are more into TES than we are traditional MMO...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 03.04.2013

The Elder Scrolls Online beta is coming this month

In a recent FAQ, Zenimax answers most of your questions regarding the beta program for The Elder Scrolls Online -- including the announcement that it's coming later this month. Like most MMO betas these days, later this month...

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 01.22.2013

Bethesda announces The Elder Scrolls Online beta signups

Bethesda has just let us know that beta signups are happening right now for The Elder Scrolls Online. All you have to do is go to www.ElderScrollsOnline.com, sign up, and you'll have a chance to get in. All of the detai...

Chris Carter

8:30 PM on 11.05.2012

Project Zwei: Shinji Mikami's swan song as a director

Short of Shigeru Miyamoto, it's difficult to think of a developer with a more impressive library of titles attached to his résumé than Shinji Mikami. The man fathered the Resident Evil series, has been invo...

Kyle MacGregor

4:30 PM on 10.03.2012

Bethesda opens Battlecry Studios, installs Rich Vogel

Bethesda announced today the opening of a new development studio, Battlecry Studios, in Austin, Texas. Heading up the new team will be Rich Vogel, the former executive producer at BioWare responsible for Star Wars: The Old Re...

Conrad Zimmerman