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The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited is now live, no subscription required

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited is now live, no subscription required

The Elder Scrolls Online has undergone a costume change overnight, shedding its subscription model dress and donning a fetching pair of pay-for-me-once shoes. The freshly renamed The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited has started rolling out to existing players, and once fully available will require just a single purchase before you're given unfettered access to its world.

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited trailer highlights what’s new in the free-to-play relaunch

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited trailer highlights what’s new in the free-to-play relaunch

Just incase you hadn’t heard: The Elder Scrolls Online is being relaunched as a subscriptionless free-to-play title. Much like Guild Wars 2, Tamriel Unlimited requires you just to buy the game, and then the whole Elder Scrolls world is yours to explore without leeching from your bank account every month. 

The changeover from subscription to free-to-play model happens on March 17th. To entice old players back and excite those who’ve not played, Zenimax Online have issued this ‘best bits’ trailer to show off what’s new and improved for Tamriel Unlimited. 

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The Elder Scrolls Online update introduces muggable NPCs, fans rejoice

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The Elder Scrolls Online update introduces muggable NPCs, fans rejoice

Players of The Elder Scrolls Online have been celebrating the transformative effects of Update 6, which added a slew of changes to the MMO. I wrote about how the update affects the way your pockets work, but it turns out that was the least exciting thing about it.

Nope, the best thing is the mugging (technically still pocket related). NPCs can now be attacked, murdered, mugged and abused using The Elder Scrolls Online's brand spunking new Justice system. Players are loving it. NPCs not so much.

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The pet's out of the bag: The Elder Scrolls Online gets an all new inventory system

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The pet's out of the bag: The Elder Scrolls Online gets an all new inventory system

Now freshly relieved of its monthly subscription charge, The Elder Scrolls Online continues to streamline every aspect of its MMORPG adventuring.

The latest word on the upcoming Update 6 goes into some detail about huge changes to the game's inventory system, answering the age old question: what are you going to do with all that junk? All that junk inside your trunk?

Well, Bethesda gon' get you a collection screen instead, one that holds all of your mounts, pets and costumes in a separate and conveniently accessible place. Phew!

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The Elder Scrolls Online is dropping its subscription on March 17th

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The Elder Scrolls Online is dropping its subscription on March 17th

The Elder Scrolls Online will adopt a Guild Wars-style single payment model come March 17th. Less than a year after the MMO’s launch attached to a monthly subscription, Bethesda have seen fit to allow players into the expanding game for a one-time purchase.

“Our fans are our biggest inspiration, and we’ve listened to their feedback on the entertainment experience they want," said ESO director Matt Firor. “We know that Elder Scrolls fans want choice when it comes to how they play and how they pay, and that is what they will get."

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Zenimax explain Undaunted Pledges: The Elder Scrolls Online's latest round of dungeons

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Zenimax explain Undaunted Pledges: The Elder Scrolls Online's latest round of dungeons

Perhaps you’ve never been to an American university, and don’t put much stock in greek letters beyond alpha and beta. Then you, too, will have have been left wondering what a ‘pledge’ is. It turns out they’re dungeon quests handed out to warriors once they reach level 45, with the promise of soul gems and shoulder pieces fashioned from the remains of slain monsters.

They don’t show you that in the teen moves. But they’ve been introduced to The Elder Scrolls Online in Update 5, and elucidated at length by Zenimax.

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The Elder Scrolls Online NPCs to be murdered and mugged by players after Christmas

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The Elder Scrolls Online NPCs to be murdered and mugged by players after Christmas

Our Nick catalogued the many launch faults of Zenimax’s more-deserving debut in his Elder Scrolls Online review. But its biggest problem, to my mind, was the pervading sense of impermanence so at odds with Skyrim. Any mark you made on Tamriel was soon buffed out - preemptively reset for the next hero to come along.

A new year will bring far-reaching “freedom and sandbox-style elements" to the MMO, however. The long-talked-about justice system will touch down on test servers in January - and the blessed lives NPCs have been living will come to an end.

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The Elder Scrolls Online's gargantuan 1.5.2 patch tweaks dungeons and gives NPCs a facelift

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The Elder Scrolls Online's gargantuan 1.5.2 patch tweaks dungeons and gives NPCs a facelift

Tamriel is a bit quiet inside of The Elder Scrolls Online today, because the servers are down and no one is playing right now. Patch 1.5.2 has just landed, and it’s a big one. Weighing in at over 13GBs, it promises a slew of features such as new veteran dungeons, NPC facial animations, repeatable writs and crafting updates.

If you’re an active player, I would advise starting the download now while you get stuck into the mammoth patch notes below.

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Elder Scrolls Online and Skyrim books will cover the lore and the land of Tamriel

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Elder Scrolls Online and Skyrim books will cover the lore and the land of Tamriel

Bethesda have announced a publishing deal with Titan Books to produce book series tied into Elder Scrolls Online and Skyrim. The MMO will have two books, one covering the lands of Tamriel and the other assembling the lore for players who want to know more of the game’s backstory.

The Skyrim book series will collect together all the in-game books as anthologies to put on your shelf.

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Cops 'n Robbers: The Elder Scrolls Online justice system unveiled

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Cops 'n Robbers: The Elder Scrolls Online justice system unveiled

Zenimax have come out of hiding regarding their new justice system, which is heading to The Elder Scrolls Online in the near future. Players will finally be able to don more infamous vocations, such as stealing from and/or murdering NPCs. But these Outlaws won’t have it easy. Players will also be given the chance to police these devious players as Enforcers, where they’re tasked with trying to prevent and catch criminals in the act.

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The Elder Scrolls Online developer hit with layoffs now that the game "runs smoothly"

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The Elder Scrolls Online developer hit with layoffs now that the game "runs smoothly"

The Elder Scrolls Online developer, ZeniMax Online, was hit with layoffs this morning. While unfortunate for those affected, Bethesda’s Pete Hines assures that these changes are down to the game no longer needing as large a workforce and isn’t down to problems at the company. 

“As is the norm for games of this type, we had ramped up a large workforce to develop a game of vast scale, and ramped up our customer service to handle the expected questions and community needs of The Elder Scrolls Online at launch," Hines said. "Now that we are nearly 6 months post launch, we have a thriving online community in a game that runs smoothly."

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Gotta have wraith: Zenimax to give pets as rewards to Elder Scrolls Online subscribers

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Gotta have wraith: Zenimax to give pets as rewards to Elder Scrolls Online subscribers

The pre-release conversation around The Elder Scrolls Online was all about that subscription - a monthly tithe of the kind so many other prominent developers had roundly condemned. 

But launch came and went, and it seemed there were more than enough Elder Scrolls Online subscribers. Now, Zenimax Online intend to sustain momentum not only with September’s Update 4, but with a series of conspicuous rewards for subscribers to flaunt all round Tamriel.

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Want to go higher? The Elder Scrolls Online update 4 will introduce Upper Craglorn

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Want to go higher? The Elder Scrolls Online update 4 will introduce Upper Craglorn

To stop veterans from becoming degenerate drunks or tiresome bores who do nothing but send people to sleep with tales of long forgotten deeds, ZeniMax Online added the veteran adventure zone of Craglorn to The Elder Scrolls Online. Those who completed its quests, delves and trials are no doubt wondering what’s next. With Craglorn conquered, what other realm is filled with things needing a good smacking?

But hold your horses (or silt striders), you’re not finished with Craglorn yet. There’s still Upper Craglorn to get through. And it’s coming this September with Update 4. 

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The Elder Scrolls Online begins its European megaserver migration today

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The Elder Scrolls Online begins its European megaserver migration today

It’s warm enough now - but once the temperature starts to drop, orcs, redguards and cat-faced khajiit will travel south to Frankfurt, where the heat from larger datacenters is perfect for nesting. The great Elder Scrolls Online European server migration will begin today at 9am EDT / 1pm BST, and be finished by 5pm EDT / 10pm BST this evening.

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What to expect from The Elder Scrolls Online's daedra-controlled Imperial City

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What to expect from The Elder Scrolls Online's daedra-controlled Imperial City

The Elder Scrolls Online is still a young whippersnapper - and you can see what our Nick thought about it in his Elder Scrolls Online review - but ZeniMax Online are already thinking about the future. At QuakeCon, the team held a panel teasing the audience with what’s to come for the fantasy MMO. 

One of the big things is the centre of the titanic PvP war that’s consumed the Imperial province of Cyrodiil. At the heart of the region sits the Imperial City - that place you probably spent a lot of time in while playing Oblivion - and the for the time being, it’s impenetrable. But that will change. 

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Elder Scrolls Online apparently has more than 750,000 subscribers

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Elder Scrolls Online apparently has more than 750,000 subscribers

The Elder Scrolls Online has had a lot of problems since launch - duplication bugsgold farmers, and stuck NPCs - but apparently that’s not stopped it from racking more than 750,000 subscribers. According to a report from SuperData, the game boasts 772,374 paying accounts.

That number should only grow with it’s recent move to the Steam storefront.

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The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to Steam today

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The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to Steam today

So, let’s assume you haven’t played The Elder Scrolls Online before today. What can we tell you? It’s okay. Very solid, like a dining table. But equally like a dining table, not something you’d want to spend an awful lot of time with unless you’ve got friends around.

Elder Scrolls Online patches have expanded its range of dungeons, but done nothing to improve on its back-and-forth quests. Try The Elder Scrolls Online for yourself on Steam, by all means. It’s absolutely fine.

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Digital colours don't run: The Elder Scrolls Online Update 3 will be a “guild extravaganza”

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Digital colours don't run: The Elder Scrolls Online Update 3 will be a “guild extravaganza”

“Update 3 is almost here," say Zenimax, “and is sure to impress your guild!" 

Time was, impressing your guild simply meant barrelling through a series of quests in your off-time from being the Grey Fox. Now, though, the Elder Scrolls is a massively multiplayer affair. From Update 3 onwards, that means flying the colours of your group at all times - whether through armour dyes or bibs emblazoned with their emblem.

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