More Elder Scrolls Online beta invites going out now -- Did you get in?

Bethesda releases new wave of invitations for upcoming subscription-based MMO.

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Bethesda today sent out a new wave of invitations to its ongoing beta period for The Elder Scrolls Online, the studio's upcoming subscription-based MMORPG. The last wave of invitations came about a month ago.

If you don't find an invitation in your inbox, be sure to look in your spam folder or in the "promotions" tab for Gmail users. And if you didn't get in as part of this latest round of invitations, no need to fret because Bethesda is planning to send out more invitations "soon."

You can still sign up for the Elder Scrolls Online beta test through the game's website. If you do get in, you'll have to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that forbids you from sharing information about the game with others.

The Elder Scrolls Online launches on April 4 for PC and Mac, before coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in June. Sony recently confirmed that PS4 players will not need a PlayStation Plus subscription ($50/year) to play the game, while Xbox One players will need an Xbox Live Gold subscription ($60/year) to do so. This is in addition to the game's $15/month subscription fee.

Last month, Bethesda announced an impressive celebrity voice cast for The Elder Scrolls Online, featuring actors from major franchises like Monty Python, Harry Potter, and Spider-Man.

Discussion

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mirkocar
mirkocar

got 2 keys, didnt use them, want to sell or trade them, add me steam - dangebange

maxtwister
maxtwister

dont waste your time and money lol

Littlewolfahoo
Littlewolfahoo

Hello everyone ! I can only agree with "BurningUp99" and other ppl having the same opinion towards this game ! I was really impressed by this game so far. Sure some bugs like getting stuck during conversations were anoying but this was only Beta so it wont be a problem when it goes live. Story, gameplay and graphics were just great (actually I havent seen better graphics in a MMO so far but I only played 4-5 so far so I might be wrong. Without intending to be mean I hope that many "kids" and hardcore gamers - and console players - wont play this game. This type of gamers usually destroy MMO communitys and they actually want sole action and dont really get the purpose of an MMO or any of the "magic moments" when you for instance just sit down and watch the stunning beauty of -digital- nature of the game. I was also surprised to sense a lot of the skyrim atmosphere wich isnt self-evident for an MMO. I almost couldnt stop playing and tested all aliances only in order to not get to high in lvl and spoiler my own gaming experience (still can't deside wich class and alliance is the one to go for ....I just know two handed weps are a must have for me :) ).

All in all a really great game ! I will probably preorder the standard edition in order to be able to play all races in all alliances. Good job ESO !

BurningUp99
BurningUp99

I find all the negativity towards this game amusing. in a way it makes me look forward to it even more.  This game is going to be great for many of us...none of the WoW kiddies seem to like it so that can't be a bad thing.  I think this game is going to have a good community since the normal annoying hardcore MMO players that play 16 hours a day  aren't going to be into it.  The console babies are the ones whining about the 15 dollar fee and who cares we don't need them either.  When you use graphics to try and say a MMO isn't any good you lose all credibility at that point.  This game clearly has good enough graphics for a MMO.  All in all should be a good run I think the game is going to be fun and community is really important.   Here's 3 of the biggest whines against ESO so far - It's not single player, it has a fee, and the graphics aren't as good as Skyrim.  LOL.  MMO players have been paying fees for over 10 years do you really think we care and aren't used to it? 

greed_leotheras
greed_leotheras

ok, i have been in beta tests( i am also at this 1) , obviously the final game experience is gonna be better than the one we are playing now in close beta... , i have been playing wow( from vanila),GW2 (from beta), SWTOR (disappoitment),RIFT,AION, and i am looking for the Wildstar beta... so i can say that the gameplay is good, i am not saying that it could not be better, but it is good, the same goes for the lore... as for the sub and the game price, i think the sub is fair and must be kept( it works mostly beneficial for the in game exp), as for the game price , i think is high, but thats the preorder version whci hhas benefits.. so i think after the launching the price will be normall...more for the beta i cnot and i should not say, we are the tests subjects as far, and we try to find the issues and report them so the game will be better, thats why close beta is...do not make early negative comments about the game, the close beta is on only 2 days now.. just w8 and see

cybersleuth58
cybersleuth58

I'm puzzled. Didn't the beta testers accept an NDA? Isn't that standard fare for beta testers these days? So what are these people doing, giving detailed impressions of the gameplay?Doesn't that violate the NDA - or are some people crossing their fingers when they make a contract?

I've done a fair amount of beta tests myself. I think it is fair to say, although I am NOT referring to this game, betas are not ready for prime time. I did the Black Prophecy beta and there was significant improvement once the game launched. It's completely crazy to judge a game based on the beta. 

Further, I'm sure that plenty of people will end up buying this game regardless of what the beta testers say or don't say. After all, this is Elder Scrolls. I am hoping it won't turn out to be another SWTOR - but let's face it, there are only so many variations an MMO can include. 

Sour grapes aside, I'm hoping to pick up a copy when the price drops a tad. It's getting a little disheartening to pay $60 for a game only to see it selling for less than half of that several months later. 

I hope it remains a subscription based game. F2P ends up being far more pricey. I feel as if F2P is just another scam to pick our pockets. I'd rather pay the $15 or so per month and be done with it. 

Rimtutituki
Rimtutituki

I'm in the closed beta actually. My first impressions? It's lack-luster at best. Poorly done and stiff animations. Very little audio and visual ques when it comes to combat. Mechanically, combat feels much worse then Skyrim for example, and Skyrim was less then stellar. Doesn't feel visceral and meaty and mobs barely react to being struck, so you don't get the appropriate feedback like you should when you strike a foe with a mighty two-handed sword of badassery. It's very...well MMO like. You just stand there and click. There is active dodging and blocking but it just feels very floaty and dull.


Customization is nice I guess and the world is pretty, but I just couldn't get into it. It also utilizes many of the classical MMO designs choices. Huge empty spaces with lots of backtracking, lots of busy work, walking, grinding, fetch questing, walking, mob grinding, some more walking, craft grinding, and more walking. Basically it's just another MMO people, you know the drill. Not saying it's bad...it's more like been there, done that....like been there 100 frickin' times before. 


Also,triple dipping business modes on top of that? Unless you are really itching for new MMO and are huge (and I mean HUGE) ES fan, you can safely skip it imo. or just wait for the inevitable death of subscription and possibly even F2P scheme few months down the road.

TMK_PsYcho
TMK_PsYcho

Have they sent out PS4 or X1 invites yet?

Sprock26
Sprock26

I got one and iam very much looking forward to playing this. There is alot of negativity out there about this game, which i dont get because how can you say that a game is crap before you play it lol. Well suppose there will always be people who like to bitch and wine. Iam not deciding before i play it. 

Jrounder82
Jrounder82

Did your mommy not tell you if your not going to posts something nice don't post anything at all

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

Darn it. I was really hoping I could read people's detailed impressions of the beta prior to launch.

gauvineg
gauvineg

i got a beta key from curse if you want it let me know

armywolve
armywolve

Mehh, still havent obtained my beta key this is the 4th beta phase i haven't received one -_-'

Noclippin
Noclippin

ill be playing the beta only to make sure that i shouldn't buy this (almost guaranteed) piece of shit.

Nawras
Nawras

This is how I'll be spending my weekend!

Illya Itunin
Illya Itunin

not every other mmo has a sub,a good mmo who respect it players ARE B2P like the epic Guild Wars 2 that game rocks!!!!

collingtonuk
collingtonuk

I got one but i'm not really bothered now. I think it was only for a few days anyway but I did just skim read the mail.

jonaadams
jonaadams

$225 for the first year to play one game seems very expensive to me. I know WoW players have been doing this for years but so what. The game would have to be absolutely epic and I'm not seeing that. But who knows.

fabs1
fabs1

I want the sequel to Skyrim, not another Fing MMO.


Is the market for lifeless zombies spending their youth on leveling up really that large? Apparently so.

BurningUp99
BurningUp99

@cybersleuth58

  Not to mention people are comparing it to games that have been out for 10 years already.  Most of the whining about and negativity towards ESO really seems unwarranted and is coming from people that do not understand the genre.  Look how much has been added to EQ or WoW in all the years that they have been out people expect this game to be just like them while the game is still in beta.  It's pretty sad. 

lutarian
lutarian

@Rimtutituki I am an actual beta tester and you are wrong on everything you stated.  This is nothing like any other MMO out there. You would have known that if you truly put in any time into the game.

BurningUp99
BurningUp99

@Rimtutituki You're a complete and utter idiot that knows nothing about MMO's...go back to your Wii now thanks you shouldn't even be beta testing this game not to mention Bethesda will be getting a hold of you here within a few days.

cybersleuth58
cybersleuth58

@Rimtutituki  So much for the non disclosure agreement. Or didn't they stick you with one?

danteroyal
danteroyal

@gauvineg  NOOOOO I am so desperate for a beta key I would like love you until the end of time


revan292
revan292

"not every other mmo has a sub"

Uhh... some people want subscription models... and since there are already many non subscription model games to choose from, there shouldn't be any whining for this one to be forced into a different model... get over it.

"a good mmo who respect it players ARE B2P like the epic Guild Wars 2 that game rocks!!!!" uhh... no... like just stated, not everyone wants "B2P" or "F2P" models, get over it, and not everyone likes Guild Wars 2.  Some people want subscription, get over it.  So if you want a "B2P" or "F2P" model so bad then go play a game that has one. quit whining for the subscription models to be taken away from the people that actually want them.

revan292
revan292

No, it'll be shutdown before "free to play" if it's smart ;D When there's no more means of player funding for major content/server support then it's a joke.

Go play another game if you want the "f2p" model so bad, not everyone wants "f2p" models, and since there are already many many many "f2p" models out there for you to pick from, it's pretty pathetic of anyone to try whine and cry like a spoiled kid until they take away the subscription models away from the people that prefer them and get everything in a "f2p" model.

revan292
revan292

I hope it shut down at that point xD, instead of becoming another "subscription free" wasteful joke with no major content updates/or reliable long term development server support ;D


No one is forcing you to buy ESO, get over it, there's plenty of other MMO's on the market ;D

KoRRoDEAD
KoRRoDEAD

@jonaadams  


$225 may seem like a big number, but that's because you have accumulated it up over a year. 


It works out at 60c a day for the first year and 50c a day past that unless their prices change or they do bundled subscriptions.


Think how much you might spend on parking meters or chocolate or starbucks... i worked out i spend $80 a month on starbucks.... cutting that down now to $50 and spending the other $30 on ESO for me and my wife.


aussieinvader
aussieinvader

@fabs1 careful what you say. if this game turns out to be really good, i'm willing to bet you'll be joining your undead comrades ;)

Rimtutituki
Rimtutituki

@BurningUp99 @Rimtutituki  WOW...seriously? I don't own a Wii or any other console. I barely said a few lines about the game and your reaction is to go batsh*t crazy. And let me guess, you are not in the beta to begin with, so you are petty and jealous as well. Reaction such as this is to be expected from a blinded fanboy and a corporate drone, not a normal gamer who would like to know more about the game that they are potentially interested in.. Your rage is amusing but you should get a health check up just to be sure. When a trivial thing like a game impression from a total stranger, puts you in the state of uncontrollable nerd rage, then maybe something more serious is wrong with you. 

Rimtutituki
Rimtutituki

@cybersleuth58  Oh sorry yes they did. Let me delete my original comment right right away before they catch me braking THE LAW and put me in jail. Cause protecting selfish interests of money grubbing company is far more important to me then letting my fellow gamers know what I think about this game. Or would you say the same thing if glorified this run of the mill MMORPG?

cybersleuth58
cybersleuth58

@revan292  Agree. I'd much rather pay for the subscrption. F2P ends up costing me far much more money without me realizing it. 

Noclippin
Noclippin

@KoRRoDEAD @jonaadams I can do division too! Maybe I'm smart enough to avoid this game like the fucking bubonic plague. $225 a year is Unacceptable for any new game, especially considering how this game brings almost nothing new to the table.

paramania
paramania

@Rimtutituki @BurningUp99

I for one, enjoy people like Rimtutituki! People like you are a charm my friend! I have quite a low end pc at the moment, and also a bit tight on cash as im planning on swtching jobs and also buying a new gaming rig. So - knowing wether a game so expensive is really worth all the hype is invaluable for me right now!

I was expecting Skyrim Online for a long time, but then it got taken down and we got information on TESO. I was happy to see it, but also a bit vary, because ive played wow for quite some time and dont want another wow experience. Slowly im starting to see general trends - mostly the one that TESO seems to be step away from ES and a huge leap towards a very generic MMO in ES skin :/


Comments, likt the one you made Rimtutituki, help a lot for gamers like me, who cant afford to buy anything they see on market. Thank you a lot and take care traveler!

Syndicalist
Syndicalist

@cybersleuth58

Stop being an idiot. He did not give away any specific details, only a general impression of the gameplay and mechanics.

You would not have whined if he said something positive.

Rimtutituki
Rimtutituki

@cybersleuth58  You are just throwing a hissy fit because you didn't like my short impression. If it was positive you wouldn't have said a thing. You response has nothing to do with the NDA. This particular NDA was absurd to begin with and it only serves to hide the state of the game . It's has has nothing to do with "quid pro quo", it's not a premium game and they are still forcing it this close to release for the sole purpose of shutting up people and hiding the fact that this is gold rush project...a run of the mill fantasy MMORPG with a ES skin and a quick cahs grab scheme. 

Please feel free to argue legality of NDA and principles while acting smug and morally superior when in fact it's the impression that you don't like.

cybersleuth58
cybersleuth58

@Rimtutituki  Let me explain contracts 101: an NDA is a contract. The company provided you with a free preview of a premium game and you promised to play the game, report any bugs you identify, and keep ALL DETAILS about the game confidential. That's called a "quid pro quo." You get something, you give something. 

I don't know what world you live in, but in my world, my word is my bond. 

You entered into an NDA, aka a contract, that you had NO intention of honoring. What do you call someone who says they are going to do something having absolutely no intention of doing it? You seem to think that bc you don't like this company, it was OK to ignore your part of the agreement.

When people review a book, movie, or game, the people who read it have to assume that the material is being reviewed in good faith. and the reviewer has respect for telling the truth. There is nothing honorable in being deceptive.   When someone plays fast and loose with the truth, as you did, it reflects poorly on your assessment of the game. Whether or not they pursue you or punish you isn't the issue. It's YOUR behavior I'm questioning - not theirs. 

KoRRoDEAD
KoRRoDEAD

@Noclippin  Your opinion dude, maybe this game is not for you.


I won't try and change your mind but i personally think this brings a lot of new angles to the "table".


I've played a lot of new and old MMOs over the years and very few have held my attention very long. After playing ESO i only crave more so i'm happy to sacrifice some franchised coffee so that me and my wife can play together in the Elder scrolls universe.