The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition Announced; The Elder Scrolls Online Official Store Launches

Today we revealed The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition  a premium collector’s edition for the highly-anticipated The Elder Scrolls Online. This edition will be made available in digital and limited physical formats. For all of the details read the press release below or check them out here.

 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES THE ELDER SCROLLS® ONLINE IMPERIAL EDITION AND OFFICIAL ONLINE STORE

Pre-Order and Pre-Purchase Bonuses Are Detailed for Latest Game in Award-Winning Franchise

January 29, 2014 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced that it will release The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition a premium collector’s edition for the highly-anticipated The Elder Scrolls Online. The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition will be made available in digital and limited physical formats. Both standard and collector’s editions are now available for pre-order through participating retailers and pre-purchase from the newly launched, online store (store.elderscrollsonline.com).

In addition to the highly-anticipated game, The Elder Scrolls Online Physical Imperial Edition includes:

  • Molag Bal Statue. A 12” statue featuring Molag Bal, Daedric Prince of domination and enslavement.
  • The Improved Emperor’s Guide to Tamriel. A 224-page illustrated guide annotated by the Imperial scholar, Flaccus Terentius.
  • Physical Map of Tamriel. A 21” x 26” printed map detailing Alliance-controlled zones and the ultimate conquest: Cyrodiil.  
  • Steelbook™ Packaging. A limited edition steel case decorated in the color of the Imperials.
  • Exclusive Collection of Digital Content.
    • Play as an Imperial: Become an Imperial and play in any Alliance. Gain unique bonuses, crafting styles, gear, and more.
    • White Imperial Horse: Summon this Imperial mount and journey through Tamriel with speed.
    • Mudcrab Vanity Pet: Explore Tamriel with a mudcrab pet scuttling along by your side.
    • Rings of Mara: Complete the Ritual of Mara with a friend and receive an experience bonus when you play together.

The Physical Imperial Edition is extremely limited in quantity and available for pre-order now through participating retailers for $99.99 (€99.99/£89.99).

The Elder Scrolls Online Digital Imperial Edition includes the base game and all digital content outlined for the Physical Imperial Edition above and retails for $79.99 (€79.99/£69.99).

All those who pre-order or pre-purchase either the Imperial Edition or the Standard Edition in physical or digital formats will also receive The Explorer’s Pack bonus at launch, which includes: Scuttler vanity pet, four bonus treasure maps, and the ability to play as any of the nine races in any Alliance.

Early Access bonuses will also be offered to those pre-ordering or pre-purchasing a PC/Mac version. A five (5) day early access bonus will be offered to those who pre-purchase the Digital Imperial Edition or the Digital Standard Edition through The Elder Scrolls Online Store. Additional early access programs are also available through participating retailers.

The Elder Scrolls Online, developed by ZeniMax Online Studios, is the latest chapter of the award-winning franchise and will bring the legendary experience online for the first time. Players can choose their own style of play as they embark upon an epic adventure across all of Tamriel, playing alone on heroic quests as in previous Elder Scrolls games, exploring the huge, rich world with a few friends, or joining with hundreds of others in massive PvP battles to save the Empire.

The Elder Scrolls® Online will be available worldwide on April 4, 2014 for PC and Mac users. Versions for the PlayStation®4 system and the Xbox One® will be arriving on retail shelves in June 2014.

The Elder Scrolls Online has been rated M for Mature by the ESRB.

Both standard and collector’s editions are now available for pre-order through participating retailers and pre-purchase from the newly launched, official online store -store.elderscrollsonline.com.

One important thing to note: All those who pre-order or pre-purchase either the Imperial Edition or the Standard Edition in physical or digital formats will also receive The Explorer’s Pack bonus at launch, which includes: Scuttler vanity pet, four bonus treasure maps, and the ability to play as any of the nine races in any Alliance. Early Access bonuses will also be offered to those pre-ordering or pre-purchasing a PC/Mac version.

If you missed it, ESO releases on PC/Mac worldwide on Friday, April 4th and on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in June. If you haven’t had a chance to experience the game, be sure to sign up for beta at signup.elderscrollsonline.com.

And finally…what better way to celebrate, than with an epic video! You can check it out right here:

ESO Q&A on PlayStation Blog

Today on PlayStation Blog, ESO Game Director Matt Firor answers some burning questions from PS4 players. Matt tackles questions about PlayStation Plus, the DualShock 4, and more. Here’s a sampling…

@maheirem Will PvE instances, like dungeons, offer a single player mode?

The Elder Scrolls Online is an MMO that was designed to give the gamer freedom to play with others, or alone. That said, there are instances and areas that are specifically designed and tuned to be taken on with friends.

Want more answers? Jump to the PS Blog here.

The Elder Scrolls Online Voice Cast Revealed

We are pleased to announce that a renowned group of actors will be lending their voices to The Elder Scrolls Online. John Cleese, Michael Gambon, Kate Beckinsale, Malcolm McDowell, Lynda Carter, Bill Nighy, and Alfred Molina – and many more – take on the roles of just some of the interesting characters you’ll meet while exploring Tamriel.

Get all the details on the star-studded voice cast – and the characters they play – in the press release below. And if you’re hoping to meet these characters before the game officially launches for PC/Mac on April 4th, sign up for beta today!

BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES STAR-STUDDED VOICE OVER CAST FOR THE ELDER SCROLLS® ONLINE

Latest Game in Award-Winning Franchise Brings Together All-Star Cast

January 23, 2014 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced the members of the renowned cast lending their voices to The Elder Scrolls® Online, the highly-anticipated game arriving April 4, 2014 on PC and Mac and June 2014 for the PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. The Elder Scrolls® Online ensemble includes Academy Award nominee John Cleese (“A Fish Called Wanda,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail“), Golden Globe winner Bill Nighy (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), Kate Beckinsale (“The Aviator,” “Pearl Harbor”), Alfred Molina (“Spider-Man 2″) and Golden Globe nominees Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter”), and Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange”). In addition, Lynda Carter (“Wonder Woman”) returns to the Elder Scrolls series to reprise her role from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The Elder Scrolls Online is the latest chapter of the award-winning franchise and will bring the legendary experience online for the first time. Players can choose their own style of play as they embark upon an epic adventure across all of Tamriel, playing alone on heroic quests as in previous Elder Scrolls games, exploring the huge, rich world with a few friends, or joining with hundreds of others in massive PvP battles to save the Empire.

“This extraordinary group of actors helps bring the distinctive characters in The Elder Scrolls Online to life,” said Matt Firor, game director of The Elder Scrolls Online. “In The Elder Scrolls tradition, we sought world class talent to add a deep and enriching component to the immersive world the series offers players.”

John Cleese plays Cadwell, the cheerful and endearingly mad lost soul who is not afraid of anyone, even a Daedric Prince. Joining the cast as High King Emeric, Bill Nighy portrays a merchant prince whose luck and determination won him the throne. Kate Beckinsale takes on the role of Queen Ayrenn, the leader of the Aldmeri Dominion and Queen of the High Elves who is far more comfortable with a blade than her crown.

In addition, Alfred Molina takes on the role of Abnur Tharn, a wily old wizard and politician who is the head of the Empire’s Elder Council, and the de facto power behind the Ruby Throne. Lynda Carter plays Azura, the Daedric Princess of Dusk and Dawn from Skyrim who is a popular part of Elder Scrolls lore.  Michael Gambon voices The Prophet, a mysterious blind man who guides the player through their journey to retrieve their soul; and Malcolm McDowell plays the key figure Molag Bal, an evil Daedric god from another plane who schemes to enslave the mortal souls of Tamriel.

The Elder Scrolls Online cast also includes:

  • Peter Stormare (“Fargo”) plays Jorunn the Skald King, an unexpected monarch who led his people into an unlikely alliance.
  • Jim Ward (“WALL·E,” “Despicable Me 2″) voices Mannimarco, a renegade High Elf wizard exiled from the realm for raising the dead and the world’s most powerful necromancer.
  • Jennifer Hale appears in the role of Lyris Titanborn, a Nord half-giant, who, along with the Prophet, aids the player on their journey..
  • Kevin Michael Richardson rounds out the cast as Sai Sahan a noble martial artist and master swordsman.

The Elder Scrolls Online has been named one of the industry’s most anticipated titles for 2014 and marks a historic point for the franchise with its multiplayer online play after nearly 20 years of developing these best-selling, award-winning fantasy role-playing games for single player only. The previous chapter in this franchise was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® which was released in November 2011 and enjoyed worldwide critical and commercial success. As the sequel to the 2002 Role-Playing Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind®, and the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, Skyrim earned hundreds of ‘Game of the Year’ awards and sold over 20 million copies.

The Elder Scrolls Online is being developed for the PlayStation4 system, Xbox One, PC, and Mac by ZeniMax Online Studios. The studio is headed by industry veteran Matt Firor who has more than 20 years of online game development experience. Working with Matt is a team of highly regarded professionals who have created some of the best known online games ever released.

The Elder Scrolls Online has been rated M for Mature by the ESRB.

Bundles of Love – Dishonored/Borderlands 2 & Skyrim/BioShock Infinite

It looks like Borderlands’ Claptrap has a crush on us. Intrigued by the idea of receiving dub step-based love songs and receiving an invite to his very exclusive birthday/pizza party, we accept his proposal to package Dishonored & Borderlands 2 together. And for good fun, let’s do a Skyrim & BioShock Infinite bundle, too!

Both bundles will be available in North America for $29.99 on Tuesday, February 11th on Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3.

Classic FM Hall of Fame 2014 Voting is Here

Every year Classic FM hosts the largest poll for fans of classical music. For the last two years, Jeremy Soule has worked his way up the list making a tremendous jump from being ranked #238 on 2012′s Hall of Fame to #5 on the 2013 Hall of Fame!

If you’re a fan of The Elder Scrolls (or just beautiful music), lend your support and vote for Jeremy Soule on Classic FM’s Hall of Fame 2014. For those of you who prefer music that reminds you of exploring the Capital Wasteland or sneaking around Dunwall , vote to get Inon Zur on the list for the score of Fallout 3 or Daniel Licht for the music of Dishonored.

All you need to do is head on over to Classic FM’s Hall of Fame and follow their directions to cast your vote. And for updates, follow the Get Video Games Music into the Classic FM Hall of Fame Facebook page. Voting ends in February, so help show your support for your favorite games.

Need a refresher before voting? All of our scores and soundtracks are available digitally on iTunes!

 

A new way to QUAKE

We’re excited to announce that the QUAKE LIVE experience is evolving — benefiting from now having its own standalone client. With the new client, the QUAKE LIVE team can dedicate more time to updating in-game features without the worry of how ever-evolving web browsers will affect gameplay and performance. If you ever experienced any browser compatibility issues, or troubles installing the QUAKE LIVE plug-in, we highly recommend you give the new standalone client a try.

QUAKE LIVE remains free to play and offers extended access and features to members with Premium and Pro accounts. And to celebrate the New Year, Pro subscribers may now host matches for standard users on all seven Premium game modes, including Freeze Tag and Domination!

If you have questions about how this affects your existing QUAKE LIVE account, we recommend reading the FAQ. Additionally, you can learn about the latest content updates on the QUAKE LIVE news page.

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ESO – New round of beta invites!

The Elder Scrolls Online team is kicking off the new year with a new round of beta invites. Check your registered email address to find out if you received one, and don’t forget to look in your spam folder just in case. Remember, if you use Gmail, our invites will be automatically filtered to the “promotions” tab.

Visit elderscrollsonline.com for the latest information details, including their support page featuring answers to many of your beta-related questions.

See you in beta!