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The Elder Scrolls Online  



A fresh look at The Elder Scrolls Online


12:55 AM on 06.12.2013



The thought of a massively-multiplayer online The Elder Scrolls on consoles terrifies me. Perhaps I'm just cynical. Logistics aside, it's great in theory to see MMO support on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One -- confirmed for TES Online this week -- assuming, again, that it isn't a buggy mess.

Chris did a heck of a job covering the game already with an extensive preview. In only seeing the title for half an hour or so of low-level play, it's challenging to get a true sense for anything but your gut reaction. That's true of a typical TES game, and it's even more true of an MMO take on the exploration-heavy RPG franchise.

I was not expecting particularly great things going in, I'll be honest. That said, I came away feeling much more optimistic about what ZeniMax Online Studios is building. The quality is there, as is more of a "Elder Scrolls" feel than anticipated. The guy next to me kept audibly cheering during his playthrough -- like, this happened at least five times. So there's that.

Sadly, first-person combat did not make the cut for the E3 build of The Elder Scrolls Online, but the attached trailer gives a good look at how that's coming together. That's going to be the way to play, from my experience.





Elder Scrolls Online to offer 'welcome back' weekend for prior beta participants photo


Grab 22% off The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (now with no monthly fee) photo


The Elder Scrolls Online goes subscription free today on PC photo


ZeniMax details The Elder Scrolls Online's upcoming pay-to-play store photo


Surprise! Elder Scrolls Online is dropping the fee for existing subscribers, console version dated photo


The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to Steam today photo


Elder Scrolls Online will revamp its Veteran Rank system soon photo


The Onion spoofs character creation in this ESO video photo


Review: The Elder Scrolls Online photo


The Elder Scrolls Online delayed six months on consoles photo


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10:00 AM on 04.09.2015
Elder Scrolls Online to offer 'welcome back' weekend for prior beta participants

Did you try out the beta for The Elder Scrolls Online and promptly dip out before the final game was actually out? You'll have a chance to jump in and see what the new subscription-free version is all about next weekend,...more



5:00 PM on 03.19.2015
Grab 22% off The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (now with no monthly fee)

The Elder Scrolls Online did a reboot of sorts earlier this week and the game is now subtitled Tamriel Unlimited. Gamers interested in the buy-to-play, no-subscription-fee version of the game can grab any old retail copy and ...more



9:00 AM on 03.17.2015
The Elder Scrolls Online goes subscription free today on PC

The Elder Scrolls Online hasn't made many headlines since its launch, but it certainly went back into the spotlight recently after the news that it would be dropping its subscription fee requirement. Like Guild Wars 2, ...more



11:00 PM on 02.13.2015
ZeniMax details The Elder Scrolls Online's upcoming pay-to-play store

The latest MMO to go the pay-to-play route is The Elder Scrolls Online. Last month's announcement was a bit of a shocker to some, as going subscription free is an indicator of bad news for MMOs. However, ZeniMax is trying its...more



9:30 AM on 01.21.2015
Surprise! Elder Scrolls Online is dropping the fee for existing subscribers, console version dated

When I reviewed The Elder Scrolls Online back at launch I thought it had potential, but not enough to keep people paying for subscription time. Plenty of MMOs have enjoyed a subscription-based model, and games like ...more



9:11 AM on 07.17.2014
The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to Steam today

Announced at QuakeCon 2014 as a kick-off announcement, The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to Steam. Today. Both the Standard Edition and the Imperial Edition will be available for purchase later today.  It sounds like ev...more



9:00 AM on 07.10.2014
Elder Scrolls Online will revamp its Veteran Rank system soon

Elder Scrolls Online is a good game in many ways, but it failed to meet my expectations in terms of a service worth subscribing to. ZeniMax is responding to some complaints by revamping its Veteran Rank content, which is aime...more



3:30 PM on 07.03.2014
The Onion spoofs character creation in this ESO video

We're not quite at the point where we can customize individual organs and bones in a character creation screen, but The Onion humorously takes a look at a fictional Elder Scrolls Online system that does just that -- and...more



4:00 PM on 05.09.2014
Review: The Elder Scrolls Online

It's been a long month in The Elder Scrolls Online, full of ups and downs. At first, ESO wowed me unlike essentially any other MMO before it. Similar to Lord of the Rings Online but with much more bravado, the openi...more



7:30 AM on 05.08.2014
The Elder Scrolls Online delayed six months on consoles

[Update: ZeniMax has responded to the situation, confirming the delay. Players will be able to transfer their characters to the console versions for free, and eligible PC players can buy the PS4 or Xbox One version for a...more




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10:00 AM on 04.09.2015
Elder Scrolls Online to offer 'welcome back' weekend for prior beta participants

Did you try out the beta for The Elder Scrolls Online and promptly dip out before the final game was actually out? You'll have a chance to jump in and see what the new subscription-free version is all about next weekend,...more



8:00 AM on 04.09.2015
ArenaNet to hold a public beta for Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns' Stronghold mode

Guild Wars 2's Heart of Thorns expansion is shaping up to be a great addition to the game, and soon, you'll be able to experience part of it ahead of schedule. Developer ArenaNet has announced that they will be holding a...more



2:00 PM on 04.03.2015
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Back in 2013, Neverwinter hit the PC. No, it's not a continuation of Neverwinter Nights, that awesome RPG from BioWare. It's an MMO developed by Cryptic Studios that's light on the "massive" bit, but far more f...more



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