We’ve just seen the launch of a new Elder Scrolls Online expansion, and the game’s had a big year. ESO has picked up 2.5 million new players in the past 12 months, bringing the total player count up to 13.5 million players over the game’s lifetime just after the release of Elsweyr. That counts players across PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
Publisher Bethesda tells USgamer that the number does not include free trials, though it does include people playing through an Xbox Game Pass subscription – and, presumably, people who’ve picked the game up through collections like the Humble Monthly bundle. Either way, it’s an impressive figure, especially after the game’s lackluster launch.
“It seems like ever since our One Tamriel update back in 2016, which leveled out the leveling curve and let everyone play with everyone else, that’s when the game really started taking off,” game director Matt Firor says. He adds that there was an especially big explosion in new players from late December 2018 to February 2019 that took the developers “off-guard.”
In our Elsweyr review, Ali notes that the expansion “is a decent jumping-off point for new and returning players, with a vibrant world and a narrative that’ll guide you through your early hours with the game, but there’s plenty for veterans too.”
Clearly, the approach is working out.
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We’re still looking far to the future for the Elder Scrolls 6 release date. Do not expect to hear about the game at E3, but you can follow that link for a breakdown of what we know so far – it’s not much, but a few small details about the next single-player Elder Scrolls have snuck out.