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The Elder Scrolls Online players getting free time to atone for launch issues

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The Elder Scrolls Online players are getting five days of free game time to make up for the various issues surrounding the title's launch earlier this month, director Matt Firor announced in a post on the game's blog.

Players that register prior to 8 p.m. ET today and have active accounts can redeem the five free days. All players should still be within the game's initial 30-day free trial period, which is also required to redeem the free days. According to Firor, developer ZeniMax hopes this will atone for recently-fixed quest blockers and bugs as well as disappearing bank slots and ongoing problems with gold-farming bots.

"We recognize that some of the launch issues affected the early gameplay experience of a number of players," Firor said. "Fixing these problems required us to take the megaservers offline, costing players time in the game. In recognition of this experience and to show our gratitude to everyone who supported the launch, we are giving an additional five days of included game time.

"This is a small gesture to show our thanks for being part of the ESO community while we work to make this extraordinary game and service even better," he added.

Firor noted that developers are continuing to listen to player feedback and will implement changes in the future tailored to these suggestions. Among the features planned for future updates are armor dyeing and tinting, spell-crafting, horse racing, a justice system tied to stealing from and killing NPCs and improvements to facial animations, crafting, field of view, guild functionality and the ability to pick up items within the world. Developers are also planning a new region of Craglorn with a new trial, two new Veteran Dungeons, Dark Brotherhood and Thieves Guild storylines and quests, a new four-player arena and awards for repeating dungeons.

The Elder Scrolls Online launched earlier this month for Mac and Windows PC, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions slated to launch in June.