The Elder Scrolls Online will get free Craglorn update later this month

But will Craglorn encourage you to keep paying the $14.99 a month subscription?

Recently launched MMO The Elder Scrolls Online will receive its first new chunk of content later this month.

Craglorn, according to Bethesda, promises to be the first adventure zone for The Elder Scrolls Online, and will feature content geared towards high-level players. Included are new quests for four players, and some new 12-player trials.

The area will feature its own mystery, revolving around constellations that have gone missing from the sky, and the townsfolk will talk about rumours of celestial beings that are probably up to no good.

"There's a lot of different monsters we throw at you and, of course, there are boss monsters that have interesting tactics you haven't encountered anywhere in the game before," said creative director Paul Sage in a trailer for the new content.

Craglorn will be free for all subscribers to The Elder Scrolls Online. The content will land around a pivotal moment for the MMO, as customers come to the end of the free month of playtime included with the game and must decide whether to keep subscribing or move on.

Speaking to GameSpot in March, Bethesda marketing man Pete Hines defended the $14.99 monthly subscription charge for The Elder Scrolls Online, saying it will allow for "significant" updates that are more than just the odd "funny hat."

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Syndicalist
Syndicalist

YES! A new area to be spammed full of irritating players! OMG CANT WAIT TO GO TO CRAGLORN. Perhaps I'll finally make some friends whilst I stand in the queue behind 50325235 other 'legendary chosen heroes'.

Saeed813
Saeed813

don't read comments, griefer alert.

ScottOakley
ScottOakley

A FREE update? I'm paying $15 a month, so no it's not free.

trueepower44
trueepower44

Awesome game thus far. I have yet to experience nearly everything, but the customization is strong. The questing is by far the best of any MMO, and the pvp/classes make the three realm pvp experience the best available pvp of any mmo. Great game so far. Hard to not rate this title a 9 or a higher at this point.

Zodiarck
Zodiarck

I bought the game on launch - my ma (and yes, I'm a 27 year old man who's mom likes TES) has been playing the beta since last summer, and then preordered the PC version and got the early access - so I got to see how the game developed for months, and ultimately found myself defending the idea of ignoring it until it became F2P less and less. I even eventually broke down and preordered this game for PS4, just because I hated the idea of being bound to a keyboard and mouse for a Elder Scrolls game. I knew by doing this, I'd get screwed out of any early access bonuses (like the Monkey pet) - but PS4 had trophies, and I could what for controller support and sony server support, right? Wrong. Two days into my mas early access I saw her playing it, and whilst over her shoulder watched in amazement at how much it played like SKYRIM (even the icons looked similar) - and then I found myself dying to correct things she was doing wrong. It was at that point I realized I HAD to play TESO, and play it immediately - so I cancelled my PS4 preorder, buy a PC copy a few days later on the day the game officially released, and I've been playing it a few hours every day since. I have a highend PC, so I cranked the setting up, editied my ini file to load the highres textures of NPC and fellow players in game, and broke out the old Naga MMO mouse. So far, I'm a level 10 Nord Templar, and I'm having a blast. I can't wait til all the other parts of Tameriels map have been filled in by updates (as I read expansion packs wouldn't be needed because of the monthly fee)  , and I'm lv 50 so I can explore them all.


To anyone wondering if they should get this game, I'd say that I highly recommend that Elder Scrolls fand play it - but don't buy it expecting a typical MMO - TESO isnt as developed or polished as Guild Wars or WOW in regards to options, layout, or community. TESO is basically a Elder Scrolls game that gives you the ENTIRE TES universe to explore (not just cyradil, or morrowwind, or skyrim), that can be played with OTHER people playing the game too. It's less WOW, and more Star Wars The Old Republic - sorta like a single player game with massive online coop. It still feels single player, and its very story focused.

BurningUp99
BurningUp99

That's so funny how people are still using beta and the sub fee as some sort of argument against the game.  I guess it's all they have at this point and their grasping for straws.  The game is awesome I'm so happy with it...most fun I've had with a MMO in ages.  F2P fanboys your tears are drowning me don't take it out on us because you can't afford a good game.  Have fun at the library tomorrow playing Runescape.

BurningUp99
BurningUp99

The headline and tone of the article is blatantly biased.   First of all I don't even think they should have to add content yet.  No game maker can make enough content to please people that rush through everything and play the game 16 hours a day.  The average ESO player is under level 10 right now and it will take many people quite some time to get to level 50.   Stop catering to the power gamers that are the minority.    If they rush through everything as fast as possible and run out of content that's their fault no one owes them anything.   Loving the game!!!  Total blast since launch.


jetblacksteel
jetblacksteel

$60 + the $180 subscription fee + your interent bill + if you bought the One or a PS4


NO. Maybe if it was amazing but it's not amazing at all.

bick420
bick420

What a completely biased article and headline. 

What, did ESO not pay enough to buy positive articles, Gamespot?


Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@PowerDingALing  

I doubt that you would even think about paying a subscription fee, PowerDingALing.

After all, you wouldn't even pay for other games when you just pirate them. ;)

gregsmyrk
gregsmyrk

I am a pretty hardcore gamer, mainly with pc MMOs, and mainly PVP.  I loved Wow arena and played pretty high end and since then have moved onto LoL (although not as hardcore as i was wow).


I am thinking of jumping into this game, however here is my issue….


Its not the sub fee. I am more than happy to pay 15 a month for a game that i enjoy and that is constantly being updated/maintained (i actually don't really care for PVE content i more just want the PVP attention/monitoring/balancing).  I understand the uproar, but for me, i judge what i spend my money on on how it will benefit me, and for years i payed 15 a month or whatever it was for Wow, and tbh, at times i loved the game so much i woulda payed whatever they asked!  

I see people saying things like 'yea but you can buy 3 or 4 games a year for that price"… well yea you could, but for me an MMO (basing this on wow) has given me memories and lifelong mates, who i still talk to today and make this decision with.  No matter what single player games i buy and how good they are, they will NEVER give you this.  So for me, sub is not an issue.


My issue lies with the mechanics, animation, and 'numbers' behind ESO and how it will translate into long lasting, skill based, high end pvp in endgame.  All this week I've been looking up vids, reading reviews etc, trying to find some opinions on the future of ESOs end game PVP. However all seem to find is opinions on wether the sub fee is worth it, or what sort of PVE content will be added in the future, will it be free etc.


I am hoping to get some opinions from people who have played high end PVP (preferably Wow as they will understand the sort of thing i enjoy) as to wether you ever see EOS having the same sort of depth?


I MUST MAKE IT CLEAR I DO NOT WANT THIS GAME TO BE WOW.  I am simply asking for opinions on the depth of the current PVP and how that will scale into end game.  Being a PVPer i am very hesitant in buying this game, NOT because of the sub, but because i really don't want to invest a lot of time into the PVE side if there is literally no chance of PVP picking up on ranked/competitive level in end game later down the line…


The main things i worry about from a gameplay sense are the terrible way the character moves, sorta sliding around (judging this on the previous titles in the series, melee combat being specifically shit imo).  Another thing (probably my main concern) is the lack of a 'targeting system'.  For me this kinda seems like a more CoD style PVP? i may be wrong on this and there may be deep numbers in the EOS PVP…. I just find from vids and stuff I'm not really finding the answers to these questions… perhaps to early to ask them but would appreciate anyones advice!


Cheers!

lpsyco666
lpsyco666

any day 

it becomes fashion and we're screwed... just hope that people do not go after this barbaric in subscriptions, monthly ...

we pay the games,we pay the subscriptions,we pay plus from ps4,this is realy a big bulshit...

dragondeathlord
dragondeathlord

Bethesda marketing man Pete Hines is a Attique who doesn't know his job. 

P2P Model a failor. F2P the future Bethesda a great Gaming company but a Lousy Company.


These guys hire friends and family like a dinosaur from the 1950s. Witch might sound nice but screwed over customers and investors for years. There just not Businessmen.


Bottom line buy there games do not RENT games from them, and do not buy there stock.


They would made a lot more money if the sold it and sold a sever to go with it .

They already had to deal with a Guy who took 3 days to build a Private Server already. 


They could of sold the Game for say 75 and Home Sever for 75 and then Expansions for say 35 each and and made a fortune. 



Instead there trying a Failed business model that companies that are experts at just doing MMORPG have abandoned.


 

Granatar
Granatar

"But will Craglorn encourage you to keep paying the $14.99 a month subscription?"


nice trying to influance people with your opionon.  


lets turn it another way shall we.


"Even without a true review up, should Gamespot be questioning ESO subscription rate?"


See what I did there?  

wretch1d
wretch1d

Just a quick calc, 5m have this game already i read somewhere based on those loose numbers, they should make around $75m a month, and even if its only half that (it wont be), that is a pants shittingly lot of money

njs72
njs72

Ive played just about every MMO going thus being my most favourite mmos ever are WOW and TSW. What i can say is This is a totally beautifull game and its just as good as skyrim and oblivion,in fact i found it doesnt have that repetetiveness of the quests like you have in skyrim and oblivion zenimax has done and awesome job here and the moment you log into it, you can istantly tell this game has taken years to make with a humongous dev budget. The questing is the most fun, most engrosing stories ive seen in an MMO. Maybe on par with the writing of The Secret World missions. The Engine used is just faultless. Exploration is just nuts, i find myself exploring everywhere in this game and each cave and each nook and cranny is unique. If they can churn out content like craghorn regularly then 8.99 to me is peanuts. Tbh i really hope this game stays p2p.

Now the bad thing about this game and my god it is baaaaad. Stealth, stealth, Stealth, it is dumb that everyone can stealth so guys if your into solo pvp and not zerg. You may want to pass up on tthis game and stick with WOW, SWTOR etc. there are no battleground/warzone arena type pvp so this is not like wow or swtor where u can log in and have a quick blast for half hour. I just found it imensly frustrating and tedious. You run back to the fight after being killed to then be ambushed by 10 guys sitting there in stealth. Imagine Wintergrasp in WOW with every class is a rogue, that sums up ESOs PVP.

niknokseyer
niknokseyer

Great game indeed. Haven't reached 50 yet a new patch will already be coming. Damn.

bubbalooga
bubbalooga

"But will Craglorn encourage you to keep paying the $14.99 a month subscription?"


What kind of stupid question is that. It's the same scenario as every other pay to play game. You can't slam elder scrolls for having a monthly subscription when WoW and EvE are in the same boat. Stop being biased idiots and trying to alert the masses to some false ideology of 'paying to play is evil'. 

mitchthev
mitchthev

if i were to get it on pc would my data carry over to xbox one since its an account and subscription?!?!?!?

Syndicalist
Syndicalist

@Saeed813

When I'm paying to play the game, you can bet your god damn ass that I've got the right to complain about it.

Syndicalist
Syndicalist

@Zodiarck

"
It's less WOW, and more Star Wars The Old Republic"

ohhh, I winced! It's true though. SWTOR was awful.

Syndicalist
Syndicalist

@BurningUp99

Those arguments are just cheap-shots. I prefer to use the argument that ESO sucks balls, and isn't worth the amount of money it costs. I wouldn't even play it if it was sub-free.

Syndicalist
Syndicalist

@BurningUp99

I think it's comical that anyone is wasting money on this game. It's like a turd in a bag, on fire.

BurningUp99
BurningUp99

@jetblacksteel   You played the game for 1 hour in beta a year ago you know nothing about it.    That's pretty amazing how people can review a game they know nothing about.   Play it and get to at least level 25 and get to the second or third tier zone like I have then come back and talk to me k thanks.   The game is fine and a blast.  Tons of people are enjoying it.

Syndicalist
Syndicalist

@gregsmyrk

One old-school WoW-player to another;


ESO sucks balls, it is AWFUL! WoW offers a lot of freedom and customisation, especially with UI mods, key bindings etc.

ESO is like consolised garbage. It is HORRIBLE! WoW is still far superior to ESO.

Syndicalist
Syndicalist

@lpsyco666

Lol, I wouldn't get worked up. Paid-subs for MMOs are dying out. The only one that manages to justify it is WoW because it is essentially the best MMORPG ever made. ESO can't justify it, especially not in 2014.

ulumuri
ulumuri

@lpsyco666
Play on your PC, problem solved.

And you talk like subs are something new, when actually f2p/p2w is the new fad.

skinnyjo
skinnyjo

Don't need to pay for ps plus, you get a month free so if you don't like it don't keep paying it

I mean you have an entire month how many games do you play more then that?

skinnyjo
skinnyjo

WoW DAOC EVE and many other MMOs use the p2p model, yet you call the model a failure???

dragondeathlord
dragondeathlord


 Will they make money yes but they could be making more, that always been there problem. They get a business plan stuck in there heads, the world changes and they insist on following the plan 5 years old and out of date.

Sigleaf
Sigleaf

@wretch1d  THE BETA had 5m players, so where did you find the data that this game sold 5m copies?  Because I had the beta and didn't log in once to this POS.  Next time before you roll out #'s and data like you know wtf you are talking about, have your mommy read you a book instead.

lutarian
lutarian

@wretch1d  

A post from someone that knows nothing of businesses.  Let's say for arguments sake that they do have 5 million subscribers paying $15 per month. That is $75 million per month rolling in. Now you must take out payroll expenses for the large amount of employees they have, taxes, insurance, building expenses, etc. You would be left with no where near that amount. Would they still make a large profit? Of course they would, but who cares?  You have a businesses to earn money, not lose it, and the more the better.

lutarian
lutarian

@njs72  

TSW. Such an under rated MMO.  I loved everything about it, except the combat. However, I enjoyed the questing and story so much that it did not matter.

You have not experienced all the PVP yet if you are not 50. Read my post below on the content at level 50. Also, remember that WoW has had 10 years to tweak and add things and ESO is only 5 days old. :)

skinnyjo
skinnyjo

Pay to play isn't evil, free to play is they nickel and dime you for everything.

I agree many MMO are great with the p2p model, Wow, EVE and DAOC m

cosminbilga
cosminbilga

@bubbalooga  You pay to get something? That's evil? How about telling people it's free, but using other methods to make you pay for "services" ? That ain't evil anymore?

wretch1d
wretch1d

@mitchthev @lutarian @cosminbilga  Id hold off then i have a half decent computer and can play on max settings, its significantly better looking on the higher settings, it help makes the game with the lighting and water reflections

lutarian
lutarian

@mitchthev @lutarian@cosminbilga 

Well. You don't need a high end pc to play the game. I know people playing on computers that are 5 years old. However, if you have an ancient and/or low spec computer then ya, you are screwed for now.  :(