Tamriel Unlimited — January 21, 2015
ZeniMax Online has announced an end to ESO's subscription model, as well as a release date for PS4 and Xbox One. The new model will be known as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, and will go live on PC and Mac starting March 17. A one-time purchase of the game is still required for new players, but a monthly subscription is no longer needed. The console versions are due for release on June 9, and require Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership to play.
In the wake of paid subscriptions comes the Crown Store
and ESO Plus
. The Crown Store
will be an in-game microtransaction store for purchasing future DLC and items using "crowns". ESO Plus
is a premium subscription which will give access to all DLC, recurring crowns, and a 10% bonus to XP, gold drops, crafting
research and crafting inspiration
. Current subscribers will have any remaining game time converted into an ESO Plus subscription, and players will be given crowns based on the number of months they've been subscribed. To celebrate the announcement, ZeniMax have released the final part
of the ESO cinematic.
ESO Update 5 Released — November 4, 2014
New Elder Scrolls Books Announced — October 21, 2014
Bethesda Softworks, in a partnership with Titan Books, has announced a plethora of new Elder Scrolls books that are set to begin releasing in 2015. Titan Books, who have previously published The Infernal City and Lord of Souls, is set to release two new series of books set in the Elder Scrolls universe, one focusing on exploring the lore of Elder Scrolls Online and the other covering The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The Elder Scrolls Online centered books will detail the conflict between the competing Alliances, with the first volume being entitled "The Land", and the second one being called "The Lore". The Skyrim book series, named "The Skyrim Library", will feature a collection of the various in-game books that can be found, while providing additional coverage on different aspects of the settings. The set shall consist of three different volumes, one entitled "The Histories", the next "Man, Mer, And Beast", and the final one called "The Arcane".
The first volumes are anticipated to be ready for release by March of 2015, with no release date available on the other books provided at this time. The official announcement can be seen at the Official Bethesda Blog.
Voice Actor Ralph Cosham Dies at 78 — October 8, 2014
One week ago, on 30 September, British-born actor Ralph Cosham
passed away at the age of 78. Cosham was known for numerous theatre and film performances, as well as audio book recordings under the name "Geoffrey Howard", but we of the Elder Scrolls community recognize him as the voice behind all of the male Bretons
of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
, which includes such memorable characters as Blades Grandmaster Jauffre
and the vampiric Dark Brotherhood assassin Vicente Valtieri
. His obituary can be found here
ESO Update 4 Released — September 18, 2014
ZeniMax Online Studios Face Layoffs — September 3, 2014
ZeniMax Online Studios, a day before the fifth month anniversary of the studio's first title Elder Scrolls Online, has faced a wave of layoffs this morning. In a statement released to Joystiq, Bethesda Softworks Vice President of Public Relations, Pete Hines, explained the reasoning behind it, and what it means for the future of the MMO spin-off of the series:
"As is the norm for games of this type, we had ramped up a large workforce to develop a game of vast scale, and ramped up our customer service to handle the expected questions and community needs of The Elder Scrolls Online at launch. Now that we are nearly 6 months post launch, we have a thriving online community in a game that runs smoothly. We remain strongly committed to The Elder Scrolls Online, and continue to invest heavily to develop new content for PC players, prepare the game for its console launch, and handle our planned expansion into important international territories. As for customer service, we continue to operate large support centers in Hunt Valley, MD and Galway, Ireland."
While it is fairly common for development studios to face layoffs post-release, it is always sad to hear about them. The UESP offers its condolences to those who were affected, and hopes they find new employment soon.
New ESO Wallpapers Released — August 28, 2014
In preparation for the upcoming fourth update to the Elder Scrolls Online
, ZeniMax Online Studios
has released new ESO themed wallpapers, freely available to anyone who wants them. Besides their usual purpose as background art for a desktop, these new wallpapers also double as a hint towards what awaits adventurers in Upper Craglorn. You can read more about the new wallpapers here
, or if you happen to be after some more ES wallpapers yourself, please see our collection
ESO Loyalty Program Revealed — August 21, 2014
To show their appreciation for long time subscribers, ZeniMax Online Studios has announced that any player who has remained subscribed to Elder Scrolls Online for a total of three months, excluding the initial time provided with the game and any other complimentary game time that has been received, will be given a High Hrothgar Wraith as a vanity pet. Additionally, ZeniMax has also confirmed that further rewards will be given to loyal subscribers for players who have achieved six months during with their subscription was active, although what those rewards will end up being has yet to be released to the public.
The program will officially start this September, and any eligible players will be informed via email. Players who have let their subscription lapse for a period of time, but intend to continue at a later time do not have to fear the possibility of missing out on any subscriber rewards, they are still eligible for the loyalty program. Newer players or ones who have let their subscription lapse will receive any loyalty rewards when they reach the milestones.
ESO Update 4 Coming in September — August 18, 2014
Following on the tail of the third content update for The Elder Scrolls Online
, the fourth update has been announced to come out in September
. With the new update will come access to upper Craglorn, alongside a new trial for your adventuring party. Additionally, a new test for your abilities will come from the new Dragonstar Arena. To finish off this announcement, a new teaser trailer
has also been released to showcase the new game content.
Update 3 Released — August 10, 2014
ESO on Steam — July 17, 2014
is now available for purchase on Steam
. Steam trading cards
are available for the game, and players who buy the Imperial Edition
before July 21 will receive an in-game Whiterun Wolfhound
vanity pet. Current customers will not be given a Steam key nor any way to obtain the Wolfhound.
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