ESO: Countdown to Early Access

As the picture shows, there’s just three days left until early access for The Elder Scrolls Online begins! That’s right, those that have pre-purchased the game digitally or have pre-ordered the Molag Bal-ruled Imperial Edition will have access to the game beginning on Sunday at the following times:

North America (East):   7:00 AM EST, Sunday March 30th
UK/IE:   12:00 PM WEST, Sunday March 30th
Central Europe:     1:00 PM CEST, Sunday March 30th
Sydney, Australia:   10:00 PM AEDT, Sunday March 30th
Singapore:   7:00 PM SGT, Sunday March 30th

For more important times and release information, check out the game’s Launch FAQ here.

While you wait to enter Tamriel with your friends, don’t miss a new feature on veteran combat sharing details on what you’ll be able to do once you’re at level 50 — including details on Craglorn, ESO’s first Adventure Zone.

ESO: The Road Ahead

As we begin the final beta weekend for The Elder Scrolls Online, ZeniMax Online Studios’ president, Matt Firor, has shared an update about the game’s launch and what’s planned down the road for the game.

Here’s Matt…

In just a few short weeks, we’ll be launching The Elder Scrolls Online for PC and Mac. While it’s been quite a journey to get to this point, ESO’s launch on April 4 is really just the beginning. I want to take a moment to let everyone know what we’ve been doing since my last update and talk about what we’re planning in preparation for launch and beyond.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably one of the 5 million people that have registered for the ESO beta, and likely participated in one of our large beta tests. That’s a wonderfully large number of people who have become part of our ESO community, and it continues to grow.  The worldwide interest in ESO has led us to conduct a series of massive “scale” or “stress” betas to prepare for the numbers of players we will have at launch. These tests help us to simulate launch conditions and uncover bugs and other issues. In addition to these scale tests, we’ve had large numbers of players in long-term gameplay testing. Our long-term testing has allowed us to delve more deeply  into things like balance, progression, quests, PvP, and high-level 50+, and 50++ content. While we know uncovering bugs can be a frustrating experience for you, every issue that is found and fixed pre-launch helps make the final gameplay experience that much more polished and smoother for everyone. Thank you to all who have participated in these beta tests—your help has been invaluable. Our final PC/Mac scale test will take place this weekend and we hope you’ll join us again.

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ESO: Crafting “Ask Us Anything”

The ESO team answers your questions and delves deeper into the art of crafting. Here’s some of what you can expect from this week’s article, “Ask Us Anything: Crafting“.

How will crafted gear compare to dungeon loot and PvP rewards? I hope the crafting system won’t be there just to do something when you’re bored, but that it will contribute to the economic health of the game.

Crafted gear of the same level and same quality as gear found in the world is almost always better. For instance, if you find a level 22 sword of fine quality, but your friend crafts a level 22 sword of fine quality, the damage done by the crafted sword is going to be slightly better. However, some of the gear you find in the world will have unique enchantments or set bonuses crafters cannot replicate. Still, a crafter might be able to take that dropped item and make it even better while retaining the unique enchantment.

ESO Roundup

The countdown to ESO’s PC/Mac release continues (six weeks to go!) and there’s plenty of news and happenings for the game. In case you missed it, we’ve rounded up the latest and greatest news in one convenient place.

Recently press outlets spent a weekend playing The Elder Scrolls Online. Read PvE and PvP roundups on the site. And now that the Beta NDA has lifted, be sure to share your thoughts and reaction on the official ESO Twitter and Facebook pages.