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.


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 (

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 –

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

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

Reader Comments

  1. “The ability to play as any of the nine races in any Alliance.”

    THANK YOU! Seriously, thank you guys so much for paying attention to the TES fans. You did it with first person combat, and now it’s happening with the race/faction relations. Thank you =D

  2. Question: GAME UK’s pre-order came with a 3 day early access code. Is that a mistake, or is the UK (maybe even all of Europe) getting 3 days instead of 5?

  3. I’m not finding anywhere to purchase the Retail Imperial Edition for PC. The store-finder ( is showing Future Shop and Best Buy, but neither of them are listing it.

    It would be nice when you announce “Both standard and collector’s editions are now available for pre-order through participating retailers” if they really WERE available for pre-order!

  4. Okay if TES6 with Animation and Characters like ESO doesent look as Incredible like that, then im Suing Bethesda for making Crap Games worse then Skyrim with Bugs and just planly wasting my time.

    Seriously, that Video made me want to Buy ESO but i Detest Online Games, so please for the Love of Talos, give the same attention Zenimax put in ESO for TES6

    • Keep in mind that the video is a cinematic – it’s not in-game footage. The characters do not look as good as that video in the game itself.

      But yes, I’m all for TES6 and Fallout 4 rather than online/multiplayer gaming.

  5. I’m not sure how I feel about the Imperials being a collector’s edition only race. I still haven’t had the time to play the game even though I’ve been invited to the beta 3 times already.

    I might get this anyway, just for the goodies. I always like Molag Bal’s design, and this one looks pretty good too.

  6. Just out of curiosity, Bethesda Name their Games out of the Provinces right, yet TESIV was called Oblivion, would TESVI be called The Elderscrolls Cyrodill where we return to a 200 Years Later Style Cyrodill witch would basically set it like just 1 Year after Skyrim with a New Prisoner Starter Character, hence now we take back Cyrodill in a War with the Altmer, then TESVII would be Summerset Ilse or Valnwood/Elsweyr. I know ESO is set in Tamriel, but so far the Videos we’ve seen are All in Cyrodill.

    • o.O

      No idea where TES:VI will be set. We can only guess. Some people think the “Redguard” trademark might be related, suggesting Hammerfell, but it could also be related to a very old Elder Scrolls Adventures game and have nothing to do with TES:VI. Worth noting: “Skyrim” was trademarked shortly after Oblivion was released in 2006.

      As for the video showing Cyrodiil – that’s because it’s the only place to PVP in the game, so the only place all three factions can meet each other, making it a good place for a CG video that conveys the gist of the experience. You can explore all of Tamriel, but the fighting with other players (and perhaps even teaming up with them to take down Daedra) will happen in Cyrodiil. And fighting makes for a high-energy trailer 🙂

  7. Australian fans might be interested to know that the physical version costs $169.95 over here.

    Even though the US to AU dollar conversion should at the most make it $114.35.

    What’s with the FIFTY FIVE DOLLAR Australia Tax, Bethesda?

    • I should point out that this is for a physical copy bought at EB games, as the ESO store only has digital copies available, for $119.95 AUD, which is about $105.36 US, which is much more reasonable.

      Aussie gamers! Buy the digital copy!

      • Digital copy is cheaper than $100 in the US too (and the UK, for me). Simply because it doesn’t come with the statue and art book. So you’re still getting tax-gouged digitally I’m afraid =(

        • Oh snap, you’re right. I was looking at the $99 on this blog entry, but that’s for the physical game.

          Goddamn, Bethesda. You’re the ones choosing the prices, so why do Aussies ALWAYS have to pay more? It doesn’t make sense.

  8. Thank you so much Zeni! This is awesome!

    I already ordered my and my GF’s Imperial boxed editions! WOO!

    Also thanks for creating a massive amount of QQ from people on the internet today, it has been a lot of fun to watch.

  9. Ordered it!
    Now Beth, don’t lay back! Use that money to polish TES VI.
    In the meantime, I’ll be playing ESO in anticipation for TES VI.

  10. I’ve got my Physical Imperial Edition pre-ordered. I seriously can’t wait for the game’s release! (And that artbook looks beautiful. Really looking forward to reading it!)

  11. Any info about shipping start? Can we get physical editions before early access (there is no retailers in Russia and I have to buy my box from UK store.. Delivery from UK to Russia will took few weeks)

  12. Me and My friends wanted to play that game , but after making some counts we can’t afford to pay 224 Euros for year to play one game . that’s half the cost of a consolle and honestly its ttoo expensive and anachronistic system of payment .
    a Free to play system like world of tanks or other mmorpgs woudl have been better, too bad because we woudl have liked to preorder as well , I guess it will remain a game for rich guys .

  13. Okay here is something that you might not have picked up on..
    Is it a typo on the side of Zenimax? :

    The digital Standard Edition is priced at $59.99 (€54.99 / £49.99) while the digital Imperial Edition is priced at $79.99 (€79.99 / £69.99).

    At current exchange rates:
    $59.99 equals about €44.00 and £36.00
    $79.99 equals about €59.00 and £48.00

    • Nah, not a typo. Game publishers LOVVVVE charging extra in countries that aren’t America.

      It least it’s only an extra 10 or 20. Australia’s gotta pay an extra 55!

  14. I want this, but I don’t want another gen of you guys whining about how hard it is to work on Sony consoles, since it’s what I would get it on.

    Probably will get it down the line, depending on how borked the Sony version is.

    • PS4 was designed to be easy for developers to work with and is said to be “PC-like”. Hopefully we won’t have to put up with the “Bethesda PS3 Curse” again. Ruined Skyrim for me.

      It’s worth mentioning that Zenimax Online Studios are working on TES: O. Bethesda are publishing it but Zenimax Online Studios is the developer on this one.

  15. No seriously, thank you so much for making this game finally worthy of the Elder Scrolls franchise. It was the faction race-locks that were killing it for me, and now? Not an issue!


  16. Unfortunately I am not a fan of this decision. I’ll have you know after work today I went to my local gamestop and pre-ordered the collector’s edition. I got hope and thought it over and read and watched some other peoples responses to this and realized that this entire maneuver is bullshit. Cash shop vs. Subscription not both. I don’t believe having an entire race only playable to collector’s edition buyers is acceptable and honestly it ruins the whole faction unity thing that the game used to have which is no longer going to be available because of the pre-order bonus where we can have any race as any faction…it’s not lore friendly. The collector’s edition art book and statue look amazing so it is unfortunate I’m not going to be buying it. Hopefully any future information regarding this situation will make me more interested in the game rather than turn me away from it…otherwise I might not even pick up the pre-order version. Here’s hoping things change…so many people are disgusted with the current policies with this game. It’s going to hurt in the long run.

  17. just a thought- but i bet if the rings of Mara were made in to an actual jewelry item, they’d be pretty popular…maybe jewellry based on the sigils (heralds?) of the nine Divines and the 9 Daedra would be veryvery popular…?