The Elder Scrolls Online recently had an online beta that was open only to the privileged few. Waves of Twitter and Facebook status’ had nothing but praise for the upcoming release from Bethedsa. Now with this new trailer, which is being touted as perhaps the greatest game trailer of all time, anticipation will have been replaced by an overwhelming frenzy. Expect fans of Skyrim to be speaking in a indiscernibl, fast paced, high pitched voice right about now upon viewing the new trailer, aptly named ‘Arrival,’ for the thousandth time.
At the Twinstickgaming office we are pretty much doing the same thing right now. So if you haven’t seen it here it is.
Ok have you come down from your ultimate high yet?
Right we can continue. Yes people, the release date for PC and Mac enthusiasts is 4/4/14 and PS4 and Xbox One users will have to wait (albeit it not very long) until sometime in June.
If that wasn’t enough Bethedsa announced the Imperial Edition of the game will be available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. UK shoppers can pre-order this exclusively at Game for around £89.99.
The Imperial Edition includes:
- 224 page illustrated guide to Tamriel
- 12″ Molag Bal Statue
- Premium Physical Map of Tamriel
- Collector’s Steelbook Packaging
Game are also offering a digital version (only on PC) of the Imperial Edition, obviously this doesn’t include the statue or 224 page guide, but will include exclusive DLC such as:
- Play as an Imperial: Become an Imperial and play in any Alliance. Gain unique bonuses, crafting styles, gear, and more.
- White Imperial Horse: Summon this Imperial mount and journey through Tamriel with speed.
- Mudcrab Vanity Pet: Explore Tamriel with a mudcrab pet by your side.
- Rings of Mara: Complete the Ritual of Mara with a friend and receive an experience bonus when you play together.
Also there is great news for PS4 owners. Matt Firor confirmed on Playstation’s blog that gamers will not have to subscribe to PS Plus to play Elder Scrolls Online. Firor also stated that they are pushing Microsoft to follow suit with their Xbox Live subscription.
Elder Scrolls Online, for those who don’t already know, is a subscription based game and is expected to cost around £8.99 a month according to Gamespot, although a 30 day trial code will come with every copy of the game.
This subscription based model has come into question by many as it is perceived as outdated by many console and PC gamers alike. World of Warcraft has lost many subscribers over the years and has had to bend and sway to entice new players by introducing a free entry level cap. This basically allows players to play for free until their character reaches level 20. Other companies have favoured micro-transactions over subscriptions in were the player buys DLC or in game items with real money.
The subscription price itself is competitive with it’s rivals and there is little doubt that The Elder Scrolls has a huge fan base that could possibly warrant a monthly payment scheme. However, there is a real possibility that only the hardened Skyrim fan will fork out the cash. The rest who merely enjoyed Skyrim may be a little harder to convince.
Do you think the subscription is worth it? Would you pay £8.99 a month? Will Elder Scrolls succeed or will it drop to free to play?