Elder Scrolls Online beta starts this month

First testing phase for Bethesda's upcoming MMORPG beginning at end of the month.

A beta period for The Elder Scrolls Online will begin at the end of March, Bethesda has announced. Those chosen to try out the 2013-dated massively multiplayer online game will be notified by email. Players must then download the client, which is estimated at around 20GB.

Gamers selected for the beta will not have access to the entire world of Tamriel nor will they be able to play whenever they wish. The first stage of "beta events" will be playable only during specific times and will focus on certain areas, features, or other gameplay elements.

These beta events will be generally held during weekends, Bethesda said, and will be limited to only a "few events per month" during the first stages. As testing progresses, Bethesda will schedule longer tests.

The first wave of beta invitations for The Elder Scrolls Online in March and April will be "smaller," but will ramp up in size and scope as launch approaches.

Regarding selection criteria, Bethesda said it will choose testers depending on specific needs. Those worried about being passed over because their PC rig isn't top-of-the-line can breathe a sigh of relief, as the developer said a "broad range" will be chosen.

Gamers can sign up for the beta at the Elder Scrolls Online website.

The Elder Scrolls Online will cover the entire continent of Tamriel, including the lands featured in previous Elder Scrolls games like Cyrodiil, Skyrim, and Morrowind. The game will be set 1,000 years before the events of 2011's hit Skyrim and will put players into the world on the brink of demonic assimilation at the hands of the daedric prince Molag Bal.

The Elder Scrolls Online is due out in 2013. Its pricing model has not been announced, though the founder of game consultancy firm Gamesbrief, Nicholas Lovell, believes it will launch with a paid subscription but will eventually become free-to-play. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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126 comments
avengerb
avengerb

Dang! They missed showing a dragon in this Video... well every other MMO since the last decade has at least 1 dragon in their MMO. I am on a quest to find a MMO game which does not have any dragons. help me pls!

Syphen_bast
Syphen_bast

Im very sad and extremely disapointed,,,,from the gameplay videos so far, it looked like any other MMo currently available...im very sad.... It has that medieval/fantasy look which is what i like and love about elder scrools....but thats it, will try it when it comes out but my huge expectations just went down the drain...
90% of the hype i had in my mind...whipedout.

Virkhus
Virkhus

MMORPGS suck. MMORPGS developed by a great RPG company suck. Don't waste your time and money. Work on FO4 and ES 6.

kriz_91
kriz_91

This game is being developed by ZeniMax Online.

This game is NOT being developed by Bethesda.

No wonder GameSpot is in the gutter...

DeadlyMustard
DeadlyMustard

Combat looks funky and generic. I know it's kinda early but still...

genjuroT
genjuroT

mmh, I'm kinda worried because the combat and play style looks way too much like a generic mmo. I'm not sure i'll play it :(

Berexar
Berexar

the only thing im worried about is end game. guild wars 2 was amazing but that was one thing that they lacked in my opinion...

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

OK it looks extremely impressive.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

Signed up a month ago. Did anynoe recieve their mail yet?

I'd say, this could work if they make this a one-time purchase, with no extra fees and with as little involvement in gameplay from Microtransactions as possible.

Worked for ArenaNet, anyway.

gokuofheaven
gokuofheaven

I'll take a shot in the knee and say ... make this with no monthly fee, 1 time game purchase like GW2.  More sales, more fans. The end.

IbanezWarrior
IbanezWarrior

Hopefully some official statement is made on the pricing model soon.

peteyboi29
peteyboi29

i cant help but feel this will be just another moo clone like they all are, i really hope im wrong 


mjaddo
mjaddo

i never buy online games i hate them.  im hope bethesda makes a good old fashion single player elder scroll like skyrim because only then will i be willing to pull out the money to buy it.

InFI_Chronos
InFI_Chronos

I will only play it if I can still go and kill all the civilians like in Skyrim...Does that make me sick? YOLO

hadlee73
hadlee73

Maybe I just missed it, but I didn't see any bows being used in the trailer. I understand that the game won't have the same real time battle system as a regular Elder Scrolls game, but there should still be bows, right?

northArrow
northArrow

I signed up for the beta

then I took an arrow in the knee...

lo_crow98
lo_crow98

I'm glad there's so much misinformation and hate targeted at TESO, people won't be touting it as God (like with GW2 and SWTOR) so it may pleasantly surprise us.

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

So excited for this game. Hoping it will be a long lasting MMO

starcrafthenry
starcrafthenry

"The game will be set 1,000 years before the events of last year's hit Skyrim and will put players into the world on the brink of demonic assimilation at the hands of the daedric prince Molag Bal."

Molag Bal? The mace he gave me is my weapon of choice in Skyrim. I signed up for the beta. If the game is even half as awesome as the trailer, than it will be very successful.

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

I'm not against this but neither am I interested.

I do hope that Bethesda are still also thinking of the single player Elder Scrolls experiences. More Fallout would be cool too.

Noweb_basic
Noweb_basic

@kriz_91 In that case Sim City isn't developed by EA, it's developed by Maxis, so you can stop complaining to them about it.

KoRRoDEAD
KoRRoDEAD

@gokuofheaven To be honest i would much rather pay a monthly fee if it means they can afford to make huge improvements as time goes by. 

If the game is really that good i don't think anyone should be complaining about subscription costs.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

@hadlee73 Seeing as it's the main Ranger/Theif weapon, it's a fantasy game, and that every Elder Scrolls to date had them, yes, it will have bows, probably.

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

@hadlee73 lol, you don't even have to be a developer to know there'll be bows, it would be a pretty serious design flaw if there weren't... 

benelori
benelori

@Shanks_D_Chop 

This is not Bethesda's game...they are concentrating on their single player games, and Zenimax is doing this separately

kriz_91
kriz_91

@Noweb_basic There's no "in that case." ZeniMax Media owns both Bethesda and ZeniMax Online, a studio made specifically for this game. Bethesda's role is merely for the purpose of consulting on TES lore. That and to let them slap their logo everywhere to appease TES fans.

I don't even know what you're on about with that Sim City thing. Firstly, I've never complained about that game. Secondly, if I had I would be right to complain to Electronic Arts as they are the game's publisher and they actually have a say in what goes on with the game. Especially seeing as EA constantly puts out crap products (Origin anyone?).

S4E
S4E

@KoRRoDEAD @gokuofheaven I read somewhere, I think one of producers said (don't quote me on this one), that it would start off as monthly sub one, but would change to F2P with one-time purchase fee.

Nobody seems to know whether this is true or not though, so like said don't quote me on this.

I would just really like to know if it is like that or not, and why bother with sub fees if after few months its free of subs.

peteyboi29
peteyboi29

@Imperiacommando  that is a great point :) true how alot of stand alone games these days are nothing short of a rip off, what i mean though is i hope they make the game functions like fighting and crafting more like they are in the single player games rather than do what star wars did and just copy every other mmo out there :) 

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

@TohouAsura @hadlee73 They probably didn't show them because it was one of their major unique features and wanted to show it off in more depth. If the games really going to be in first person as they say, then you can imagine how interesting ranged combat would be.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@alpha_unit97 Yes I would expect there to be bows, it was just odd not seeing any. The bit in the trailer in which a number of people on top of defensive battlements drew swords instead of bows looked very odd indeed. "Everyone, draw swords! Right! They're charging, so we'd all better run down the stairs now so that we can actually fight back!" lol

kriz_91
kriz_91

@squall_83 I am not judging the game. Only pointing out the so-called "news editor's" lack of effort in writing about a game without so much as looking up the name of the developer.

squall_83
squall_83

@kriz_91 @mcpaininator Obvious troll is obvious. Let's face it. Nobody truly knows what goes on behind the closed doors of these companies. Let's just wait for the product to be released and then judge it. That is the logical thing to do, after all.

kriz_91
kriz_91

@mcpaininator ZeniMax Media made ZeniMax Online specifically for this game, so no they're not "pulling" on Bethesda for anything more than corroboration on staying true to TES. Doing otherwise would be an unproductive waste of money. 

ZeniMax Online themselves have stated that they work "very closely" with Bethesda to make sure the lore is accurate. Note that Bethesda has no other acknowledged involvement in the game. 

So, while we're on the subject of learning, why don'tyou go ahead and get that foot out of your mouth and learn to spell? :) 

mcpaininator
mcpaininator

@kriz_91 @Noweb_basic so u think zenimax is not pulling on bethesda and its developers to help with this game? there sister companies meaning developers can work on products across each other. Its not simply bethesda developers and zenimax online developers some engineers and devs work on both.... learn something before u type


S4E
S4E

@Sydrum @S4E @KoRRoDEAD @gokuofheaven I know how SWTOR works, I'm currently subbed (at least for little while longer) and I know the limitations of it (F2P).

However, if you forget the terminology, and just say, you do as GW2, you buy the game, and that's it. No other charges. This is what I read I think, that would happen with (T)ESO, eventually anyway. 

Whether its true or not, I have no idea, but it makes me wonder anyway. I would just like to know how it is going to be, I might subscribe if I knew more, but seeing as nobody knows yet, I'll leave it to that.

Sydrum
Sydrum

@S4E @KoRRoDEAD @gokuofheaven its not like that. look at swtor. it says f2p but if you really play it for free, you get like 7 percent of the game content. F2P means that after some time, the game will be downloaded for free (instead of the first time purchase) but you need to pay for subscription if you want access to the entire content.

S4E
S4E

@peteyboi29 @Imperiacommando Talking about rip-offs, has either of you bought Aliens: Colonial Marines?

That was so short that it didn't take me more than, 7-8 hours to complete, playing extremely casually. And on top of that the game was utter rubbish as well :D