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 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.

ESO: How to Create a Daedric Prince

It takes more than excellent Smithing skills to craft a statue that perfectly encaptures a Daedric Prince.

Take an inside look at the making of the Molag Bal statue that comes along with the Imperial Edition of The Elder Scrolls Online. Here’s an excerpt on what it takes to design a Daedric Prince:

Designing the God of Schemes as he appears in ESO was the first step. Our concept artists explored various ideas and silhouettes through a series of quick thumbnail sketches. We used references from previous Elder Scrolls games, including the appearance of the Mace of Molag Bal from Skyrim, to guide creation. We chose to make him huge, bestial, and sinister—a look fitting for the Daedric Prince of enslavement and domination.

To read the full article and for more information on ESO venture to www.elderscrollsonline.com

ESO ‘Ask Us Anything': Variety Pack 12

The latest ESO ‘Ask Us Anything’  answers a variety of new questions on the game — including various questions stemming from our Imperial Edition announce. Here’s a sampling:

Do people who order the Imperial Edition gain a big gameplay advantage over those who don’t? 

No. With the Imperial Edition you get the opportunity to play as a rogue Imperial who has broken from their Daedra worshipping ways, and you get a unique racial skill line of equal gameplay impact to other races’ unique racial skill lines. As an Imperial you also get a mount and the automatic ability to craft items into the Imperial style. All non-Imperial races can also learn this ability after locating the corresponding racial motif. Imperials do not begin the game in a unique starting location or via a separate quest, but they can start in any alliance as befits their status as un-aligned outcasts of their own Province. Being an Imperial includes a racial skill line that offers unique gameplay opportunities, but there is not an overall gameplay advantage. It is an opportunity to set yourself visually apart in the lands of Tamriel.

Gameplay benefits within this edition have been designed to avoid bestowing unfair advantages over players who do not purchase this special edition. This is cool content designed for some of our biggest fans who wish to have something different from other collector’s editions in the market. The only other alternative would have been to offer a collector’s edition that offers no in-game items whatsoever. That simply didn’t seem fair to fans who are excited about the game and want some special digital items.

Learn more on the Imperial Edition and gameplay at www.elderscrollsonline.com.