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Platform Win, Mac, PS4, xbox one Publisher Bethesda Softworks Developer ZeniMax Online Studios Release Date 2014-04-04

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The Elder Scrolls Online review: other people

by Justin McElroy & Phil Kollar Justin McElroy, Elder Scrolls Fan My fear, when I first heard about The Elder Scrolls Online, was shared by a lot of fans of the series, I'd imagine. Could an MMO game really capture the spirit of a sprawling, thrilling (and often lonely) open-world adventure that I'd grown to love the Elder Scrolls series for? After some 40 hours of playtime and over 40 levels split between different characters, I can now give the concrete and unqualified answer to that most pressing question: ... Sort of? The Elder Scrolls Online is the newest entry in the series, but as it's set in the Second Era (as opposed the the Third Era seen in the first four main Elder Scrolls games) it's actually the earliest, chronologically speaking. At the risk of...

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The Elder Scrolls Online launches loyalty program for subscribers

The Elder Scrolls Online is kicking off a loyalty program for subscribers in September, offering in-game items to those who have paid subscription time of three months. Emails will go out to eligible paid subscribers next month, but Bethesda says the first reward will be a vanity pet - a High Hrothgrar wraith (pictured) — "that will let you show your dedication to saving Tamriel wherever you adventure in-game." Loyalty rewards will be added as subscriber tenure grows; the next one is planned for six months of subscriber time. The Elder Scrolls Online launched for PC and Mac four months ago. The game's console release has been delayed to at least the end of this year and no specific release date has been announced yet. The subscription time necessary to earn loyalty rewards is...

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Four MMOs make $100 million annually, with The Old Republic among them

In the world of MMOs, it's World of Warcraft in first place and everyone else a very distant second, or third, though an analysis by the research firm SuperData turns up some interesting details about a market where freemium models are becoming dominant. One is that Lineage — the original, launched 16 years ago — was in second place (based on worldwide revenue), one of four NCsoft MMOs placing in the top 10. Electronic Arts' ambitious Star Wars: The Old Republic, which switched to a free-to-play model 10 months after its 2011 launch, is hanging in with $165 million in annual revenue, good for fourth place. World of Warcraft — both its Western and Asian releases, is still king, with more than $1 billion in revenue, and 36 percent market share. SuperData says the decline in subscription...

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Quakecon panel: Justice will be served in The Elder Scrolls Online

A Quakecon panel showed off video of new zones coming to The Elder Scrolls Online, and discussed what players may do in them (and to one another), particularly with regard to a "justice system" coming to the game. When that arrives, players will be able to commit crimes — and suffer the consequences for them, of course. This introduces things like stealing and bounties, which have been features of the standard Elder Scrolls RPGs for some time. Additionally, players may now murder NPCs, and when guards arrive to collect the bounty or haul you in, you may find that human players are leading them, adding active world PvP to the mix. This is the video explaining justice to panel-goers at Quakecon 2014: As for new areas, a new Imperial City will be added to the game, unlocked once the...

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QuakeCon sale on Doom, Dishonored, Elder Scrolls and more hits Steam, Green Man Gaming

Digital deals to celebrate the opening of QuakeCon are appearing in retail-land today, with Steam and Green Man Gaming offering Bethesda and id-related bargains. Steam's QuakeCon Bundle 2014 is the big daddy of today's offers, packaging together 20 games and add-ons for $99, including a bevy of all things Dishonored, Doom, Elder Scrolls, Fallout and Wolfenstein. Stand-out individual sales currently include Dishonored, down 75 percent to $4.99; The Elder Scrolls Online cut by 50 percent to $29.99 and Wolfenstein: The New Order down 25 percent to $44.99. Green Man Gaming is selling Wolfenstein: The New Order for $29.99 as well as Doom 3 for $2.49 and Doom 3 BFG Edition for $4.99, among other offers. QuakeCon 2014, the annual gathering of all things Bethesda and id Software, kicks off...

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QuakeCon 2014 kicks off today

QuakeCon 2014 — the annual gathering of all things Bethesda and id Software — kicks off today at the at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas. In addition to daily tournaments in both The Elder Scrolls Online PvP and the recently-unveiled Battlecry, today's festivities include the reveal of the next Doom at 6 p.m. Central Time. Tomorrow will feature a panel from The Elder Scrolls Online developer ZeniMax Online Studios about the game's future, as well as a Magic: The Gathering tournament. On Saturday, attendees attend a panel featuring Obsidian Entertainment CEO Feargus Urquhart, former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and others discussing "Designing the Perfect Game." Matches and panels will be livestreamed on the official QuakeCon Twitch channel, with ZeniMax's panel...

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Elder Scrolls Online fans will have plenty to do at QuakeCon 2014

The Elder Scrolls Online will have a large presence at QuakeCon 2014, including a panel and multi-day tournaments, publisher Bethesda Softworks announced yesterday. The festivities will begin on Thursday, July 17, the first day of the show, with a PvP tournament from noon to 1 p.m. CT at the Elder Scrolls Online booth. That event will run in that same time slot on July 18-19 as well. The booth will also host a Trials tournament July 17-19 starting at 1:30 p.m. CT. Numerous representatives from The Elder Scrolls Online developer ZeniMax Online Studios will host a panel about the future of the game from 5-7 p.m. CT on July 18. That panel will take place on QuakeCon's main stage, and the first 3,000 attendees will receive a free copy of the game. Once the panel ends, a community...

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QuakeCon 2014 special events include panels, tournaments and Doom reveal

QuakeCon 2014 is fast approaching, and publisher Bethesda Softworks posted the schedule of the convention's special events today, a lineup headlined by the reveal of the new Doom game. The unveiling of the title commonly known as Doom 4 will occur during the annual QuakeCon welcome ceremony, which is set for 6 p.m. CT on Thursday, July 17, at the Ventrilo Main Stage. Bethesda said earlier this week that the presentation is exclusively for QuakeCon 2014 attendees, and won't be shown anywhere else. Other events scheduled for QuakeCon's first day include tournaments for The Elder Scrolls Online. On Friday, July 18, developer ZeniMax Online Studios will host a panel about the game's future from 5-7 p.m. that will be livestreamed on Bethesda's Twitch channel. And a Magic: The Gathering...

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E3 2014: What we probably (and definitely) won't see this week

The past month or so has been rife with announcements that certain games and companies will not have a presence at E3 this year. From highly-anticipated titles announced almost eight years ago to high-level executives sitting it out to take it easy, here's what you probably won't, and definitely won't, see at E3. Absence confirmed Final Fantasy 15 and Kingdom Hearts 3: These two Square Enix role-playing games are earning mystical unicorn status by virtue of being announced too early and then failing to appear at E3 year after year. We got some information at last year's expo, where Square announced both would come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But earlier this week, producer Shinji Hashimoto told Famitsu that neither game would have a presence at E3 and more details on both games...

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The Elder Scrolls Online's first major content update is coming this week

The first major content update for massively multiplayer online role-playing game The Elder Scrolls Online is set to launch this Thursday or Friday, developer ZeniMax confirmed with IGN. The Craglorn update will introduce the Adventure zone of the same name, the first area of its kind for The Elder Scrolls Online. The update will be released around six weeks post-launch — which keeps with ZeniMax's previous targets of releasing new content every four to six weeks. "I think we’re still at the tail-end of six weeks, I could be wrong there, it’s all a blur," creative director Paul Sage told IGN. "But we’re either in the sixth week or the seventh with this update and I believe our next update is fairly on schedule. When we released we talked about our plans rather than, 'this is exactly...

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    • Released 2014-04-04
    • Publisher Bethesda Softworks
    • Developer ZeniMax Online Studios
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    • Released 2014-04-04
    • Publisher Bethesda Softworks
    • Developer ZeniMax Online Studios
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