Does Bethesda Have You Sold On The Elder Scrolls Online?

Bethesda wants you to get The Elder Scrolls Online.

Bethesda has announced an Imperial Edition of The Elder Scrolls Online, along with its release of a brand new 8-minute cinematic trailer. Along with last week's reveal of the game's voice cast, it looks as if Bethesda is trying to finalize each gamer's decision to invest in the highly anticipated MMO game.

The Imperial Edition of The Elder Scrolls Online will be available for pre-order for $99.99 (99.99/£89.99/AU $139.95). The exclusive collection will include:

  • Collectible 12" statue featuring Molag Bal, Daedric Prince of domination and enslavement.
  • Map of Tamriel: printed map detailing alliance-controlled zones and ultimate conquest: Cyrodiil.
  • Emperor's Guide To Tamriel: a 224-page illustrated guide annotated by the Imperial scholar, Flaccus Terentius

Also, consumers will receive the Imperial Edition Digital Content pre-order bonuses (Digital Content pre-order $79.99/79.99/£69.99/AU $119.95) which include:

  • Play an Imperial: ability to play as an Imperial and play in any Alliance. Gain unique bonuses, crafting styles, gear and more.
  • Imperial White Horse: summon an Imperial mount and journey through Tamriel with increased speed.
  • Mudcrab Vanity Pet: explore Tamriel with this vanity pet scuttling along by your side.
  • Rings of Mara: complete the Ritual of Mara with a friend and receive an experience bonus when you play together.

Included as a pre-order bonus:

  • 5 Day Early Game Access (PC/Mac Only)
  • 3 Day Early Game Access with Regular Edition (PC/Mac Only)
  • Play any Race in any Alliance
  • Scuttler Vanity Pet
  • Bonus Treasure Maps

The game comes with a 30-day subscription to the MMO, but players must then spend $14.99 (12.99/£8.99) a month to continue playing.

With the newest cinematic trailer and announcement of the Imperial Edition, will this be enough to make you want to play The Elder Scrolls Online?

For this writer, the answer is simple... HELL YES!

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Venisia is really just a kid in adult form. She is a published author, photographer, artist, executive assistant, public relations coordinator, game writer, gamer of 35+ years, geek, nerd, singer, dancer, senior editor, freelance journalist, comic & film aficionado, podcaster, activist, and volunteer. Venisia is a huge fan of comics, anime, EVERY genre of gaming, dance, horror/martial arts films, Doctor Who, Daleks, Star Wars, Monty Python, Flash Gordon, Black Dynamite, and anything by Mel Brooks (who doesn't appreciate Spaceballs?).

Published Jan. 29th 2014
  • DreNav
    I'm so drawn to that collector's edition but I have this fear that the servers wont be able to handle everyone that is going to be on it day one. I very much hope I'm wrong. I'm so excited for this.
  • Lithion_Shadowscale
    While I was looking forward to ESO for a while, I no longer support the game.

    No, I haven't played the beta, and I don't really know how good or bad the gameplay actually is.

    My reason for not supporting ESO anymore is simple: they are being greedy. Asking $60 for a box price, then $15 per month subscription was pushing it already... but I was reluctantly going to buy it anyway. But now... an IMPERIAL edition for $80!?

    I can't believe they are willing to exclude an entire race, with its unique skills/armors/and even mount, just for the Imperial edition! $60 and $15 per month should buy the ENTIRE game... yet they're willing to withhold good content like this from players, unless we pay them $20 more. This shady practice is a slippery slope and no better than Day One DLCs...

    They are being so greedy at this point that I have gone from supporting this game just last week, to now hoping that it fails financially. If they somehow succeed financially with such bullshit, other gaming companies may try to emulate them...

    For the sake of this industry, and us consumers, I hope ESO is a financial failure. I know... they're harsh words, and just a week ago I wouldn't have dreamed of saying them... but I refuse to support such greed.

    $60 box price, $15 per month subscription, and exclusive race/skills/armor for collector's edition (another $20).... no thanks, I'm out.
  • Lindsey Weedston
    Add me to the list of "you had me as TES MMO" people. I cannot wait. Honestly, this is the first time I've ever been tempted by a collector's edition.
  • Drackarn
    Feedback I've had from friends who played the beta wasn't very good. Eve-O and Stronghold Kingdoms is taking enough of my gaming time currently. Not going to bother until I hear some better reviews.
  • BlitzzFrank
    Featured Contributor
    I've had the same experience but directly. the beta did not impress me much and while there was nice immersion in the npc closeups many of the best aspects that made skrim amazing were missing and many features felt stereo-typially MMO'ish, such as having a sort of gang queue for 1 of-quest-mob spawns and farming mob respawn spots in a circuit to get quest objectives.
  • gabfran
    I'm sold as soon as I heard about the game!!!
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    So was I!
  • Cosmic Engine
    Featured Contributor
    While I'm certainly not sold that the game will be the huge success Zenimax is hoping for, I am certainly interested enough to at least try it.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    I hope that you do.
  • Lauren Puga
    Featured Columnist
    I've been sold on ESO since the day it was announced! Can't wait.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    Same here!!

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