ESO Update

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As outlined in December’s edition of The Road Ahead, there’s plenty of to look forward w/ The Elder Scrolls Online in 2015, including the game’s launch on Xbox One and PlayStation 4! Until then, here’s a quick guide to some of ESO’s newest web content.

The roundup starts with a look at Undaunted Pledges, which allow players at or over Level 45 to receive special quests and loot. Here’s a quick excerpt of the full article:

“There are two types of pledges: Non-Veteran and Veteran. Non-Veteran Pledges are available right away at level 45, and Veteran Pledges open up at Veteran Rank 1. You can have both a Veteran and Non-Veteran Pledge in your quest log at the same time, but you can only complete each kind of pledge once a day—even the mightiest heroes need to rest sometimes!”

What else is new, check out these recent features on elderscrollsonline.com

  • Who’s in the image above? It’s members of the French guild known as the Champions of Lorkhan. Learn more about the guild here.
  • See just how consoling an Argonian can be (and much more!) in the 75th Edition of The Tamriel Chronicle.
  • Watch the latest episode of ESO’s bi-weekly Twitch stream, ESO Live, on the studio’s Official YouTube channel.
  • Want to play your Nightblade character as a tank? European Floki Iceblade plays as a Nord with a very unique set of skills. Read the latest Battlemaster’s Quarter, titled The Bastion of the Night, to learn more.
  • The most recent edition of Loremaster’s Archive features the story of Turuk Redclaws as only Mr. Redclaw can tell it. Read his tale here.

Around the Web – Awards Edition

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Our fingers are crossed for Wolfenstein: The New Order and MachineGames, who are nominated for Best Shooter and Best Narrative at tonight’s The Game Awards in Las Vegas. Watch live tonight on Twitch, YouTube, or your gaming console. The show starts at 9 pm est.

Related, Wolfenstein, The Elder Scrolls Online, and The Evil Within are already getting end-of-year award attention elsewhere, including:

  • Rock, Paper, Shotgun — Announced Wolfenstein as Best FPS for 2014!
  • The New York Times — Placed Wolfenstein as one of 10 games to get in their Holiday Gift Guide.
  • MMORPG — Vote for The Elder Scrolls Online in the site’s Great MMO Face-Off.
  • VG247 — All three of our 2014 releases can be voted on for their 2014 Community Game of the Year.

While you watch the Game Awards, it’s worth noting that Wolfenstein is part of #TheGameAwards Steam sale. Save 67% on the game this weekend!

ESO – The Road Traveled and the Journey Ahead

1b49eca040df36f15ae4973de05c526bIn the latest edition of ESO’s monthly feature, “The Road Ahead”, Game Director Matt Firor first looks back at all the ways The Elder Scrolls Online has evolved since it’s April launch. With the help of the game’s amazing community feedback and efforts of ZeniMax Online Studios, the game continues to add new features, areas, and more that have improved the overall gameplay experience.

Of course, it wouldn’t be called “The Road Ahead” if Firor didn’t get into what’s coming next. With the article, he details what’s coming in Update 6. Both the Champion and Justice systems will have a huge impact on the game, and add long sought after features that will enhance the game. In the excerpt below, Firor gives more context to how the Justice System will change the game…

“To put this into perspective, the Justice System will include huge updates to the very fundamentals of the game. Townspeople will be considered neutral and be attackable, and many items that you could take freely before will be considered owned and must be stolen. There are fences who’ll buy stolen goods—if you can get past the guards while you have a bounty on your head. These are large changes to the game, and go hand-in-hand with our vision to add more freedom and sandbox-style elements to the world. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and we just need to make sure that we phase it in carefully to ensure the best experience for everyone.”

Visit www.elderscrollsonline.com to read the full feature, which also includes the latest information on the game’s arrival on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2015.

ESO Update – Celebrate with a Mudcrab!

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Logging into The Elder Scrolls Online this week, you’ll notice that Update 5 is now live and brings major updates to the game — including a Veteran version of the City of Ash, a new dungeon scaling system, and Writs and Pledges to keep crafters and dungeon runners busy. For more details on Update 5, visit the official ESO website.

Feeling C-R-A-B-B-Y? It’s time to turn that frown upside down with exciting news from GamingHeads have added a new plush figure to their Bethesda collection. Joining the Cacodemon, DOOM Marine, and Vault Boy is one of Tamriel’s most beloved creatures… the Mudcrab! Order this cuddly plush from the official Bethesda Store or GamingHeads.com.

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Elder Scrolls’ Books – Check ‘em out!

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In a press release today we announced that we’ve partnered once again with Titan Books to create two new series of books: The Elder Scrolls Online – Tales of Tamriel & The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – The Skyrim Library!

Not since Encyclopedia Britannica’s heyday have volumes of books looked this cool and demanded to be on your bookshelf. With The Elder Scrolls Online, two volumes covering “The Land” and “The Lore” feature never-before-seen art and extensive lore surrounding the game. Meanwhile, by popular demand, the Skyrim series offers the first opportunity to get all of the game’s in-game text across three volumes.

The first volumes of these books are expected to release in March of 2015. For more information, read the full press release below…

TITAN BOOKS ANNOUNCES TWO NEW ELDER SCROLLS BOOK SERIES

Titan Books today announced five high-quality, in-universe artefacts for fans of The Elder Scrolls®, Bethesda Softworks’ internationally acclaimed and bestselling video game franchise. Titan Books, known for high quality film, TV and gaming tie-ins, with particular strength in the area of licensed entertainment titles, has been granted worldwide rights on the series.

THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE: TALES OF TAMRIEL – VOL. I: THE LAND
THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE: TALES OF TAMRIEL – VOL. II: THE LORE

Step into the fantasy world of The Elder Scrolls Online with THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE: TALES OF TAMRIEL – a series featuring a vast collection of in-game lore and original art. The two bound volumes chart the ongoing struggles between the Aldmeri Dominion, the Daggerfall Covenant, and the Ebonheart Pact – as well as the deadly invasion of Daedric Prince Molag Bal. Each book features close to one hundred specially commissioned, never-before-seen pieces of art illustrating the lives, the land, and the lore of Tamriel at war.

THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM – THE SKYRIM LIBRARY, VOL I: THE HISTORIES
THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM – THE SKYRIM LIBRARY, VOL II: MAN, MER AND BEAST
THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM – THE SKYRIM LIBRARY, VOL III: THE ARCANE
 

From the archives of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® come the collected in-game texts, THE SKYRIM LIBRARY. This lavishly bound, three-volume series chronicles for the first time all of Tamriel’s history, and covers a multitude of Elder Scrolls lore – including the cultures, creatures, magic, myths, and more – illustrated with stunning art.

Omar Khan, the series’ editor, is delighted to be a part of this new project, “I’m very excited to play a part in bringing the in-game text from Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls Online to print. Using art and text from Bethesda, we were able craft these amazing tomes that truly showcase the exceptionally well-written and in-depth lore that is the foundation of The Elder Scrolls.”

“One of the most important aspects of The Elder Scrolls series is the lore,” said Pete Hines, VP of Marketing and PR for Bethesda Softworks. “To have so much of its history chronicled in this way, accompanied by art sourced from the games, is very cool We’re excited to be working with Titan on this project, and for fans to see how much detail goes into the worlds our development teams create.”

THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE: TALES OF TAMRIEL – VOL. I: THE LAND and THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM - THE SKYRIM LIBRARY, VOL. I: THE HISTORIES are set to hit stores in March next year.

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About The Elder Scrolls Series

With each instalment reimagining and revolutionizing the genre, The Elder Scrolls series brings to life a complete virtual world for you to explore in any way you choose. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®, released in November 2011, is the most recent single-player game set in the award-winning Elder Scrolls universe. Skyrim earned hundreds of ‘Game of the Year’ awards. Skyrim was the second-highest grossing title in the industry in 2011, and the fastest-selling title in Steam’s history. The Elder Scrolls series includes Arena, Dagerfall, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002 RPG of the Year), The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006 Game of the Year). The Elder Scrolls Online® is the latest chapter in the franchise, and brings the legendary experience online for the first time in its 20-year history. Explore the expansive world – from the far reaches of Skyrim to the sprawling metropolis of Daggerfall and beyond – as a lone adventurer or with friends. The choices you make, from the alliance you join to the battles you fight, will shape your destiny and the world of Tamriel.

About Bethesda Softworks

Bethesda Softworks, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is a worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software. Titles featured under the Bethesda label include such blockbuster franchises as The Elder Scrolls®, DOOM®QUAKE®Fallout®, Wolfenstein®, Dishonored®, Prey® and RAGE®.   For more information on Bethesda Softworks’ products, visit www.bethsoft.com.  

Weekend Update — Golden Opportunity Edition

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After a busy launch week for The Evil Within, it’s nice to catch up on news for our other 2014 releases — Wolfenstein: The New Order & The Elder Scrolls Online — while some Sunday afternoon  football (sorry Saints fans… Go Lions!). Join me as I catch on the following:

ESO Game Director Matt Firor talks about what’s new with The Elder Scrolls Online — including details on Update 5 and the game’s new loyalty program — in the October Edition of ‘The Road Ahead’.

What made Wolfenstein: The New Order’s story one of the most compelling of 2014? In a new feature with Digital Trends, learn from Creative Director Jens Matthies why nothing in the game is done by accident. Here’s an excerpt…

“It’s never a case where things get developed in a vacuum from each other. It’s always a collaboration. There’s always lot of conflict that arises through that; I’ll have a story idea and somebody else will have a gameplay idea, and they might be conflicting. Then we negotiate and discuss around that and try to find a solution where all parties are happy. It’s not until we get there that we move along to the next problem.”

Reminder: Both of these games are up for Golden Joystick nominees. ESO is up for Best Online Game, while Wolfenstein is up for Best Gaming Moment, Best Story, and the big one… Game of the Year! Voting for the Golden Joysticks ends tomorrow (10/20)… so show your support today!

Now Live: ESO Update 4!

Update 4 for The Elder Scrolls Online is now available on both the North American and European megaserver, and there’s a ton to see in it! The roads to Upper Craglorn are open, and new quests, delves, and the conclusion of the Celestial storyline are all waiting for your group to explore. Visit Dragonstar and prepare to take on the Scaled Court and their new monstrosities.

A new Trial, Sanctum Ophidia, is open. In it, you’ll take the fight right to the heart of the Scaled Court, battling the deadliest among their ranks, including the Celestial Serpent itself. Vanquish it, and you and your allies will enjoy great renown—and great loot.

Let’s not forget the Dragonstar Arena! This entirely new type of challenge is designed for four Veteran players, and will put your skills to the test. Can you survive waves of dangerous enemies and hazardous conditions to prove yourself a champion? With ten arenas in both Normal and Veteran Mode, there’s plenty of blood sport just waiting for the brave.

Of course, there’s much more in Update 4: a new crafting trait, expanded delves, improvements to grouping during quests, and tons of fixes. Make sure to read the full patch notes, and enjoy the update!

Help Wolfenstein & ESO Become Golden

Our industry’s longest-standing award show (32 years), the UK’s Golden Joystick Awards, return on Friday, October 24th. Both Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Elder Scrolls Online are representing Bethesda — providing us with a total of four nominations, including a Game of the Year nod for MachineGames’ take on the Wolfenstein franchise!

Nominations include:

Want to help support ZeniMax Online Studo and MachineGames in these categories? Head to www.goldenjoystick.com and vote before October 20th.

PAX Prime: The Evil Within, BATTLECRY, and The Elder Scrolls Online Take Center Stage!

Easily one of the most fun weeks of the year is attending PAX Prime in Seattle. Closing out the summer meeting some of our biggest fans is always a thrill. And if you’ve ever been to Seattle, the weather in late August/early September is damn near perfect.

For Bethesda’s 7th PAX Prime, we’ve got a pretty exciting lineup — we’re showcasing The Evil Within, BATTLECRY, and The Elder Scrolls Online.

With less than two months until its October 14th release, we’re celebrating The Evil Within, Shinji Mikami’s return to survival horror, in a major way. By visiting our booth in the Washington Convention Center, you’ll have a chance to go hands-on with the game on either Xbox One or PlayStation 4. What’s more, we’ll have multiple contests during the week for a chance to win custom Xbox One consoles and a one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia that’s sure to charm terrify your friends and family. And don’t worry, fans at home will have a chance to win, too — more details later this week.

Mock-ups of customized Xbox One consoles that lucky winners will have a chance to score! More details to come!

Also at the Bethesda PAX booth, multiplayer madness will be in full effect for both The Elder Scrolls Online and BATTLECRY. With the the former, ESO veterans (and newcomers) will have a chance to participate in tense, 3v3v3 multiplayer in Colovian Crossing — a special capture-the-flag PvP worth checking out. It’s a real treat.

All players that check out ESO will come away with something special, too — a download code for a limited edition Bristlegut Pig pet to accompany you in your Tamriel travels.

Meanwhile for BATTLECRY, we’ll be showcasing 8v8 matches in an all-new game mode, Land Grab, with plenty of loot for players to grab. All participants will score a BATTLECRY pin for playing. But winning teams will have an opportunity for even more prizes, including…

… this Cossacks vs. Royal Marines lithograph signed by the game’s Creative Director Viktor Antonov if you win one match, and… 

… one of these PAX Prime BATTLECRY faction t-shirts if your team wins two consecutive matches.

PAX Prime takes place August 29th – September 1st at the Washington Convention Center in Seattle, WA. Stay tuned here on the blog and follow our @bethblog, @battlecry_game, @tesonline, and @theevilwithin Twitter accounts for updates through the week!

Announcing the ESO Loyalty Program

Tamriel is growing, as is the amount of adventurers traversing the lands, but that doesn’t mean that recognition shouldn’t be given to the players that have been in The Elder Scrolls Online since the beginning.

September introduces the Elder Scrolls Online subscriber loyalty program. Paid accounts that have been subscribed for three months will receive the Ice Wraith vanity pet that will follow you on your journey.

Keep checking elderscrollsonline.com to find out about future rewards and continuing news on the growth of Tamriel.