You Can Play Elder Scrolls Online For Free This Week
The Season of the Dragon calls.
The Elder Scrolls Online has been steadily issuing new content and updates since its launch in 2014, but in case you haven't gotten a chance to catch up with it in the last five years, you can now sample it for free. ZeniMax Online is offering a free trial period across PC, PS4, and Xbox One through November 13.
Once the trial period is over, you can play the full game with your created character by purchasing a boxed copy--the current version of which is branded with the Elseweyr expansion. Online play is free after that, but you can pay a premium subscription for extra goodies each month.
ESO had a rocky launch, but Bethesda has been continuously pivoting and updating with moves like its console releases and dropping the mandatory subscription. It has grown steadily since then, currently boasting 13.5 million registered players in total. The studio has long-term plans going forward too, saying it has a roadmap years into the future.
The most recent expansion, which launched in June, introduced a necromancer class and a new story featuring dragons. It's been dubbed the "Season of the Dragon," and explores the mysterious Elsweyr region.