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The Elder Scrolls Online video introduces Craglorn, the first Adventure Zone

A video released today for Zenimax Online Studios' The Elder Scrolls Online gives viewers a tour of Craglorn, the game's first post-launch expansion. Craglorn is the massively multiplayer online role-playing game's first Adventure Zone, which consist of additional areas for players to explore after players reach the level cap. Designed for groups of four players to conquer, it also includes segments tailored to groups of 12 and will be accessible to players who've earned a Veteran Rank of 10. Craglorn also introduces Trials in The Elder Scrolls Online, a player versus enemy system designed for large groups. Press play above to learn about the narrative underpinnings of the post-release content and see Craglorn's quests and gameplay in motion. For more on the game, which was released...

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The Elder Scrolls Online - Overview video

As we discussed in our Overview of The Elder Scrolls Online's beta test phase, the new MMO lets you craft a character with few restrictions. In Justin's case, that meant he could birth K'evin, a svelte, rogue-ish hero with a penchant for ranged weapons, and an unnatural aversion to melee combat. His other hobbies include making birdhouses for Tamriel's avian population, as well as performing impossible, deadly horse stunts. He's not the hero we need or deserve, but for now, K'evin's the best we've got. In this Overview, Justin and I dive deep into the subjects that slipped our grasp in Overview the First — topics such as crafting, Player vs. Player content and runic literacy. We also showcase K'evin's unswerving bravery, which helps us get intimately familiar with Elder Scrolls...

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The Elder Scrolls Online commemorates today's launch with a cinematic trailer

The Elder Scrolls Online is available today for Mac and Windows PC, and to commemorate the massively multiplayer online role-playing game's launch, developer ZeniMax has shared a new cinematic trailer for the title. The trailer above, "The Siege," is a five-minute look at conflict tearing the world of Tamriel apart. The Imperial City has been overrun by Molag Bal while the three alliances struggle to reconcile their own differences. Cyrodiil is a battlefield — and as of today, players can enter the fray. The Elder Scrolls Online is slated to launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June.

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Here's how crafting works in The Elder Scrolls Online

Crafting and the people who can do it will play a key role in the world of The Elder Scrolls Online, as developer ZeniMax Online Studios explained in a gameplay walkthrough video today. The upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game will include crafting stations in towns as usual, but ZeniMax Online is also using crafting as a way to encourage players to explore Tamriel. Anything players pick up will be useful in some way during crafting, and resources will be highlighted for players who are experienced in crafting. Those who look hard will come across special locations that allow them to craft setpiece items, like special armor with unique bonuses. Items have characteristics known as traits, and in order to learn how to apply a particular attribute to an item, you have...

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The Elder Scrolls Online Beta - Overview video

The Elder Scrolls Online, which is currently in closed beta (and launches in full April 4), incorporates the series' elements in a truly clever way. The freeform character development that the franchise is known for makes every multiplayer experience a dynamic, surprising thing. The world looks and feels Elder Scrolls-huge, and exploration is incentivized through skill progression. But it's an MMO first and foremost, meaning a lot of series elements had to get lost in translation. Case in point: You can't steal every single thing from every NPC's house. You also can't, you know, murder an entire city. In this Overview, Justin and Griffin give a very, very brief look at the early adventures you can expect from The Elder Scrolls Online Beta. Marvel at Griffin's ineffective Mage-Warrior...

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Elder Scrolls Online includes 'Monty Python,' 'Harry Potter' vets

The Elder Scrolls Online, Zenimax Online Studios' upcoming massively multiplayer online role playing game, will feature the voices of Monty Python's John Cleese, Underworld's Kate Beckinsale and more. According to a video released today on YouTube, Harry Potter alumni Michael Gambon, Star Trek: Generations' Malcolm McDowell, Wonder Woman's Lynda Carter, Love Actually's Bill Nighy and Spider-Man 2's Alfred Molina will lend their voices to The Elder Scrolls Online. Press play on the 17-minute video above to see the actors speak about their roles and how they act for video games. You'll also get to see them recording dialogue in the studio. For more on The Elder Scrolls Online, which is currently in beta and headed to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac and Windows PC April 4, be sure to read...

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Elder Scrolls Online trailer breaks down the character creator

One of the most defining parts of any MMORPG is the options it gives you in creating the character you'll be playing for hours to come; a new trailer shows how character creation works in The Elder Scrolls Online. In the trailer, the game's art director Jared Carr discusses the team's design philosophy in building its character creator. Elder Scrolls games are known for giving players many choices in customizing their characters, says Carr, "so it had to be a thorough system with lots of customization options." Aside from changing characters' race and height, you can also adjust sliders for their weight and build, whether chubby, muscular or skinny. Individual things can also be changed, like hand size and shoulder width. The Elder Scrolls Online is set to launch in 2014 for Windows...

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Elder Scrolls Online wasn't originally planned for consoles, says Sony

The Elder Scrolls Online publisher Bethesda Softworks wasn't planning to bring the massively multiplayer online game to consoles until Sony broached the subject, said Sony's Adam Boyes in an interview with Game Informer. "That game was never planned to come to consoles," said Boyes, VP of publisher and developer relations for Sony Computer Entertainment, "and we just kind of kept sitting with [Bethesda] and being like, 'Why not?'" When Bethesda told Sony that console versions of The Elder Scrolls Online weren't in the cards, Sony offered to facilitate the process. "They're like, 'We're not planning it,'" Boyes continued. "And I'm like, 'Well, what if we built a plan that we could do that?'" It may have been Sony who brought up the idea, but The Elder Scrolls Online is now in...

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Ryse, Ubisoft, Madden, Elder Scrolls and Ballmer: Speed Run

Free-to-play and microtransactions were the topics du jour at Gamescom. The developers of Ryse: Son of Rome detailed the game's microtransaction plans for its cooperative multiplayer mode. Ubisoft explained why it took the plunge with its line-up of free-to-play games. We reviewed Madden NFL 25, a sports game that is "more videogamey than ever." Colin took issue with The Elder Scrolls Online's subscription price and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced plans to retire from his position in the next 12 months. Ryse: Son of Rome's microtransactions will be gated by tiers How Ubisoft developers stopped fearing free-to-play Madden NFL 25 review: wide open Opinion: The Elder Scrolls Online's fee is self-defeating Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire within the next year

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Gamescom, XCOM, ESO and Diablo: Speed Run

So much news today, and so much of it from Germany of all places! Beyond: Two Souls will have a co-op mode and can be played with a smartphone or tablet. A Diablo 3 expansion called Reaper of Souls will bring a bunch of new features. ZeniMax Online Studios revealed that The Elder Scrolls Online will have a monthly subscription. And humanity will have to deal with more aliens in XCOM: Enemy Within. But wait! There's more! Our latest feature profiles the first Native American games company, we've got a review up for Flashback and we play Saints Row 4 in the latest episode of Today I Played. Beyond: Two Souls to have two-player mode, tablet and phone control Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls expansion announced The Elder Scrolls Online will cost $14.99 monthly XCOM: Enemy Within headed to...

The Elder Scrolls Online Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 2014-04-04
    • Publisher Bethesda Softworks
    • Developer ZeniMax Online Studios
  • Mac
    • Released 2014-04-04
    • Publisher Bethesda Softworks
    • Developer ZeniMax Online Studios
  • PlayStation 4
    • Publisher Bethesda Softworks
    • Developer ZeniMax Online Studios
  • Xbox One
    • Publisher Bethesda Softworks
    • Developer ZeniMax Online Studios
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