Let’s face facts, if you’re a fantasy RPG fan and you haven’t played Skyrim, you’ve been living under a rock for the last 5 years.
The Elder Scrolls epic has taken many twists and turns over its many guises and this June will see the release of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. Bethesda have taken the bold step to move from a subscription-based play model to a more traditional buy-to-play, which can only be a good thing.
This promises to be the biggest Elder Scrolls games to date and will include not only all the updates from the original PC/MAC release, but the Justice and Champion systems as well.
Micro-transactions can be made from within the game using the Crown Store, which I would presume would utilise Xbox Live credits for transactions, although I cannot find any confirmation of this at the moment.
Game Director, Matt Firor had this to say on the announcement,
“Our fans are our biggest inspiration and we’ve listened to the feedback on the entertainment experience they want. We know that Elder Scrolls fans want choice when it comes to how they play and how they pay, and that is what they will get. We have made numerous changes to the game over the past year and we are confident that this is a game that Elder Scrolls fans will want to play.”
“Players can explore Tamriel with friends, battle creatures, craft, fish, steal or siege. The choice is theirs. The game offers hundreds of hours of gameplay with unlimited adventures with one single game purchase. We can’t wait for everyone, whether they’ve played before or will be experiencing for the first time, to begin adventuring in The Edler Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.”
Just because it is now free to play, that doesn’t mean that you cannot pay an optional monthly fee for ESO Plus, a premium membership service providing in-game bonuses and a monthly allocation of Crowns to spend. This will also give members access to all DLC game packs while membership is still active. Think of it as a monthly Season Pass if you will, although again, how this will work on consoles is, as yet, not clear.
So, without further ado, the official launch date on Xbox One for this feast of adventuring will be the 9th of June.
To celebrate these announcements Bethesda have released the final cinematic trailer of four, have a look, bearing in mind, it’s not a gameplay trailer, and tell us if it whets your appetite for more adventuring.