The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition Gets Official Unboxing

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The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition Gets Official Unboxing

Lead loremaster Lawrence Schick shows off the physical and digital goodies included in the collector's edition of The Elder Scrolls Online.

Zenimax Online Studios released an unboxing video yesterday of the physical collector's edition of The Elder Scrolls Online. A limited number of the Imperial Edition will produced, and the unboxing video shows off all the digital and physical bonuses it offers. The Imperial Edition allows players to play as an Imperial in any faction, and grants the ability to change the look of clothing and armor into Imperial style. Other digital bonuses include an exclusive Imperial white horse mount, a mudcrab pet, and a pair of rings of Mara, goddess of love. The rings allow two players to complete the Ritual of Mara together, and grant an experience bonus when playing together. The physical collector's edition includes a 12" statute of Daedric Prince Molag Bal, a central player in the story of The Elder Scrolls Online. Other physical bonuses include a full map of Tamriel, and the revised edition of The Emperor's Guide to Tamriel, a 224-page art and lore book.

The Imperial Edition was leaked by Amazon on January 28, and pre-orders opened for all editions and platforms on January 29. Pre-ordering the game adds the Explorer's Pack, additional digital bonuses for each platform and edition. The Explorer's Pack grants you a scuttler pet, treasure maps for in-game loot, and removes the faction restrictions for character races. Pre-orders on PC and Mac also grant 5 days of early access to the game. The physical collector's edition will cost you $99.99, with the digital-only collector's edition will put you back $79.99. The standard game, digital or physical, costs $59.99. The Elder Scrolls Online launches for PC and Mac on April 4, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One following in June.

The option to play as an Imperial, an outcast from my own society joining up with whatever faction might have me, is a strong pull for me. I already have a soft spot for both The Elder Scrolls and collector's editions, so this one is tempting. If they had made a cloth map instead of a printed one, I'd be doomed.

Source: Zenimax Online Studios

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ok, so...this is what I think.

The child side of me is screaming that this is sooooo cool! I must have the little statue and map! ART BOOK! YAY!

The 30 year old adult is saying that this is just silly and I am to old to have video game statues and video game maps on my wall.

This is obviously be to each his own.

....that statue is pretty cool ;)

Of course anyone who buys that game is completely insane anyways.

Mostly just want the statue, looks more statue like than most other Special Edition games that come with more of an action figure. Seemed pretty nice. :o

Dammit when I first saw this I wanted it but decided not to buy this limited edition to let one more person who wants it more get it. But then the Lore Book was shown and now I really want one.

Okay lets sum it up:

- Game with stuff which will be sold as DLC later along the line.

-A cheaply produced map - same material used with the Skyrim map.

-A pretty generic looking statue. [1]

-A lore/art book which we've recycled and selling back to you.

If the 40 50 for the Standard Edition (and 9 every month after that) was enough to turn me off this won't help.

[1] I'll admit it looks cool but meh

SourMilk:
Okay lets sum it up:

- Game with stuff which will be sold as DLC later along the line.

-A cheaply produced map - same material used with the Skyrim map.

-A pretty generic looking statue. I'll admit it looks cool but meh

-A lore/art book which we've recycled and selling back to you.

If the 40 50 for the standalone was enough to turn me off this won't help.

You know what I like? When people go to threads to talk about how apathetic they feel towards the subject.

Lotet:

SourMilk:
Okay lets sum it up:

- Game with stuff which will be sold as DLC later along the line.

-A cheaply produced map - same material used with the Skyrim map.

-A pretty generic looking statue. [1]

-A lore/art book which we've recycled and selling back to you.

If the 40 50 for the standalone was enough to turn me off this won't help.

You know what I like? When people go to threads to talk about how apathetic they feel towards the subject.

You know what I like? When people go to threads to talk about how blindly elastic they feel towards the subject.

Take a look in the mirror.

[1] I'll admit it looks cool but meh

SourMilk:

Lotet:

SourMilk:
Okay lets sum it up:

- Game with stuff which will be sold as DLC later along the line.

-A cheaply produced map - same material used with the Skyrim map.

-A pretty generic looking statue. I'll admit it looks cool but meh

-A lore/art book which we've recycled and selling back to you.

If the 40 50 for the standalone was enough to turn me off this won't help.

You know what I like? When people go to threads to talk about how apathetic they feel towards the subject.

You know what I like? When people go to threads to talk about how blindly elastic they feel towards the subject.

Take a look in the mirror.

You mean ecstatic? Man, people come to discuss, say good things and bad things. Some people just come here to say how much they don't care. I mean, why bother telling people you don't care? I'm perplexed.

Lotet:

SourMilk:

Lotet:
You know what I like? When people go to threads to talk about how apathetic they feel towards the subject.

You know what I like? When people go to threads to talk about how blindly elastic they feel towards the subject.

Take a look in the mirror.

You mean ecstatic? Man, people come to discuss, say good things and bad things. Some people just come here to say how much they don't care. I mean, why bother telling people you don't care? I'm perplexed.

I mean, why bother telling people you do care? I'm perplexed. I await your explanation Mr/Mrs freud.

So...absolutely not caring what haters think, my boyfriend and I have preordered it. The rings will be fun.

Our single roommate wants to know if they'll also be releasing a So Ronery version, tho.

SourMilk:

Lotet:
snip

You know what I like? When people go to threads to talk about how blindly elastic they feel towards the subject.

Take a look in the mirror.

people who are excited about something have something to talk about. all you're doing is coming in declaring you don't care. so why did you bother posting in the first place? is it that important that other people know about the things you don't care about? If it is: I don't care about orange-flavoured icecream.

OT: that book looks sweet! I'm already lacking in shelf space so I don't have that much interest in the statue or the map, but man would I like to own that book. I'll probably end up going for the digital collector's edition so I can stomp around looking like a legionary :D It's realese date is right around my birthday too. I wonder how susceptible my brother is to hints...

SourMilk:

Lotet:

SourMilk:

You know what I like? When people go to threads to talk about how blindly elastic they feel towards the subject.

Take a look in the mirror.

You mean ecstatic? Man, people come to discuss, say good things and bad things. Some people just come here to say how much they don't care. I mean, why bother telling people you don't care? I'm perplexed.

I mean, why bother telling people you do care? I'm perplexed. I await you explanation Mr/Mrs freud.

To express your feelings and opinion? That's one explanation anyway, not the only one. Saying you don't care seems, well, meaningless. It's a lack of substance or feeling. Your opinion is... indifference.

But hey if you feel you need to express how uninterested you are in things, go ahead. I just don't know why you would.

I still don't like the idea of them releasing a goddamn playable race within a special edition, but even aside from that, there isn't really anything here that really pushes my buttons. I'm not into maps, and though I'd like to start collecting statues, figurines and things, I currently don't have anywhere to put them, so that's not much of a pull either. Plus, I'm not into The Elder Scrolls enough to really want a statue of an Imperial.

As far as the digital rewards go, I would be unbelievably surprised if everything "exclusive" didn't wind up as DLC at some point, if only because people are going to be whining and complaining about not being able to get it when the game goes live. This exemplifies why I don't like MMOs all that much, though: there are very few companies who know how to run an MMO without seeming like giant assholes. Zenimax isn't off to the best of starts in that regard.

In-game weddings with rings to boot. Haven't seen those since my days in Everquest. This presents lots of RP opportunities.

Yagami_Kira:
Of course anyone who buys that game is completely insane anyways.

Yes. An overhyped, high-budget Star Wars MMO made by Bioware while people still loved them couldn't keep a subscription only model for a full year. But a game made by a studio where one of the people in charge thinks that everything that happened in single player TES games is just imaginary and the MMO world is the real thing is supposed to last like WoW? Not a chance.

Adam Jensen:

Yagami_Kira:
Of course anyone who buys that game is completely insane anyways.

Yes. An overhyped, high-budget Star Wars MMO made by Bioware while people still loved them couldn't keep a subscription only model for a full year. But a game made by a studio where people think that everything that happened in single player TES games is just imaginary and the MMO is the real thing is supposed to last like WoW? Not a chance.

What do you mean by imaginary? The MMO is based hundreds of years before all the single player games, unless that's not what you meant.

Lotet:

Adam Jensen:

Yagami_Kira:
Of course anyone who buys that game is completely insane anyways.

Yes. An overhyped, high-budget Star Wars MMO made by Bioware while people still loved them couldn't keep a subscription only model for a full year. But a game made by a studio where people think that everything that happened in single player TES games is just imaginary and the MMO is the real thing is supposed to last like WoW? Not a chance.

What do you mean by imaginary? The MMO is based hundreds of years before all the single player games, unless that's not what you meant.

I'm assuming he's referring to this quote from the "Loremaster" of TESO:

Which, of course, is the equivalent of saying KOTOR 1 and 2 were horseshit fantasies but SWTOR? Oh man, that's the real lore right there.

Yagami_Kira:

The most hilarious things about eso's blinders are that its quite obviously a quick cash grab. Buy in, subscription, AND a cash shop. The fact that it wasn't even made by Bethesda. Blatant disrespect for the lore (one of the factions is norn, dork elf, and argonian... And this takes place immediately after the argonians got out of dork elf slavery.)
Captcha: a turbotax advert. Fuck you escapist stop trying to shove advertising in every little thing. I know Durham is a shithole. Move your HQ and maybe you won't have to try to money grub everything.

Somebody woke up fussy. Maybe a Flintstone's Chewable and a juice after a nap will help.

Or the inevitable mod warning...

Pink Apocalypse:

Yagami_Kira:

The most hilarious things about eso's blinders are that its quite obviously a quick cash grab. Buy in, subscription, AND a cash shop. The fact that it wasn't even made by Bethesda. Blatant disrespect for the lore (one of the factions is norn, dork elf, and argonian... And this takes place immediately after the argonians got out of dork elf slavery.)
Captcha: a turbotax advert. Fuck you escapist stop trying to shove advertising in every little thing. I know Durham is a shithole. Move your HQ and maybe you won't have to try to money grub everything.

Somebody woke up fussy. Maybe a Flintstone's Chewable and a juice after a nap will help.

Or the inevitable mod warning...

Nah. Just have a mild concussion and had to drive to Durham today, so my general distaste of Escapist's money whoring, combined with my hatred of Durham, has reduced my tolerance for Escapist's shit.

Mega Messiah:
I'm assuming he's referring to this quote from the "Loremaster" of TESO:

Which, of course, is the equivalent of saying KOTOR 1 and 2 were horseshit fantasies but SWTOR? Oh man, that's the real lore right there.

Makes sense. Except typically when the games talk about previous games they do tend to be quite vague. Don't say what guild they were in or what their gender was etc (though a couple were mentioned as males). I suppose it depends on how seriously someone will take what he said. "Fanciful Portrayals" to me is like when people exaggerate how spectacular a historical figure is. Not calling it a fairy tale.

Lotet:

Mega Messiah:
I'm assuming he's referring to this quote from the "Loremaster" of TESO:

Which, of course, is the equivalent of saying KOTOR 1 and 2 were horseshit fantasies but SWTOR? Oh man, that's the real lore right there.

Makes sense. Except typically when the games talk about previous games they do tend to be quite vague. Don't say what guild they were in or what their gender was etc (though a couple were mentioned as males). I suppose it depends on how seriously someone will take what he said. "Fanciful Portrayals" to me is like when people exaggerate how spectacular a historical figure is. Not calling it a fairy tale.

I think what most people take issue with is with the word "fables" because I think most people would agree that the singleplayer games are fanciful portrayals. However, when you use the word fable, you're implying it's something akin to a fairy tale which may or may not have happened. He could've even just avoided that whole phrase of fable and fanciful portrayals altogether, and just talk about why the lore of the MMO will be good, instead of trying to juxtapose it with the main game like some sort of pissing contest.

That said, I don't really think the success of the game will hinge too much on its lore. If that were the case, Burning Crusade or Wrath of the Lich King would have been World of Warcraft's death knell. I mean, I dabbled in a few of the stress tests for ESO and the response in the map chat was so noxious that it was a bit disconcerting to watch. You'd have a group of people shitting all over the game, a group of people praising it to the high heavens, and a group of people just saying "meh". While you're going to get that with pretty much any MMO, it was pretty scary watching what I went through BETA testing SWTOR happening again.

I was one of those geniuses who waited years and years for SWTOR to come out, blinded by my fanaticism of BioWare who, at the time, were my favorite developer (they're still up there, don't get me wrong) along with my love for KOTOR. So, whenever someone would criticize the game I'd have to white knight it to hell. I quit it 6 months in because you can only defend something for so long until you realize it sucks. I'm seeing ESO going through the exact same thing. It's pretty horrifying.

Tangent aside though, like I said: it was more his poor choice of words that gets people riled up more than anything. Nobody wants their experiences from the singleplayer games to be thought of as a cute little story told to kids at bedtime.

Yagami_Kira:
Of course anyone who buys that game is completely insane anyways.

I think this says it best:


Please continue deficating on a product that you have not tried or viewed through anything beyond your tiny window of judgement. You have no idea how entertaining you are.

So much anger.

I'm looking forward to ESO ^^

Lotet:
What do you mean by imaginary? The MMO is based hundreds of years before all the single player games, unless that's not what you meant.

One of the idiots in charge of the project said...

EDIT: Oh, I see that's being discussed now. Very well. I stand by my statement that ES:O loremaster is a fuckin' idiot.

PuckFuppet:
So much anger.

I'm looking forward to ESO ^^

Remus:

Yagami_Kira:
Of course anyone who buys that game is completely insane anyways.

I think this says it best:
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Please continue deficating on a product that you have not tried or viewed through anything beyond your tiny window of judgement. You have no idea how entertaining you are.

I have not tried? I've been in every beta. Its a sub par cash grab slashjob mmo hoping to make enough money in the first month by keeping the media silent by NDA that enough people buy it.

I don't get why there shouldn't be a physical edition without the statue, but with all the other goodies inside. Those are the most reasonable ones.

Not sure why you quoted me.

I have also played in a few of the betas, I enjoyed what I saw. Was it perfect? No, but I challenge you to find one game that is/was. It was entertaining, interesting and worth playing again/paying money for.

PuckFuppet:
Not sure why you quoted me.

I have also played in a few of the betas, I enjoyed what I saw. Was it perfect? No, but I challenge you to find one game that is/was. It was entertaining, interesting and worth playing again/paying money for.

Sorry that. Hit the wrong quote button. Now you say its worth paying for. I agree. But do you think its worth 60 + 180 a year + a full cash shop?

Still wondering what happened to this:

Matt Firor, Elder Scrolls Online Director:
"We don't want players to hit monetisation fees when they're in the world.

"It's like, I go into a dungeon, if I don't have access to the dungeon it pops up a window: you don't have access to this, go buy 50 credits. We didn't want that experience. That's not an Elder Scrolls experience.

"We wanted to do monetisation outside of the game. So, if I pay for a month at a time, I have 100 percent of the game. I don't have to worry about paying one more cent. I'll never run into a pay gate and I'll be in the world."

So now at character creation it will pop up a window: you don't have access to this, go buy the Imperial Edition?

I guess he was just rounding up when he said 100 percent?

Yagami_Kira:

PuckFuppet:
Not sure why you quoted me.

I have also played in a few of the betas, I enjoyed what I saw. Was it perfect? No, but I challenge you to find one game that is/was. It was entertaining, interesting and worth playing again/paying money for.

Sorry that. Hit the wrong quote button. Now you say its worth paying for. I agree. But do you think its worth 60 + 180 a year + a full cash shop?

As far as I'm aware, and as far as I've seen in the beta, the cash shop is for services like character name changes and presumably character redesigns. Charging for these services isn't something I agree with but I understand the twofold purpose that serves, preventing excessive name/appearance changing and making money off of the people who want to utilise that service. That being said I'm unlikely to avail of it, if you've got more specific information about what the cash shop would entail I'd be interested to see it. However the existence of the shop isn't going to turn me off the game.

The subscription cost is a separate issue, to me at least, in that it is a method that I vastly prefer to every FTP model I've seen. I grew up with the idea of the subscription model being the norm and I have yet to see a single FTP game that has actually appealed to me from an aesthetic or community standpoint, the latter of which is far more important to me in an MMO. Even games that started with a subscription model and then went FTP have done things which have driven me off, the "cartel coin" nonsense in SWTOR and the ensuing death of whatever community market there was is an easily referenced example of what I'm saying.

I like the subscription model. I think that investors/marketers are trying desperately to make more money all the time and that they should just stop exploiting peoples willingness to cash out for a mount with blue trimmings instead of a mount with red trimmings. I think that to a point the subscription model could keep those people in check and give the developers the freedom to actually make a decent game.

Will I be paying for ESO? Yes.
Will I be playing ESO every second to make the most of that payment? Probably not. I'm unlikely to play more than 10-20 hours a week, if that. But it doesn't bother me to pay the subscription to keep the game that I'm playing the game that I purchased.

PuckFuppet:

Yagami_Kira:

PuckFuppet:
Not sure why you quoted me.

I have also played in a few of the betas, I enjoyed what I saw. Was it perfect? No, but I challenge you to find one game that is/was. It was entertaining, interesting and worth playing again/paying money for.

Sorry that. Hit the wrong quote button. Now you say its worth paying for. I agree. But do you think its worth 60 + 180 a year + a full cash shop?

As far as I'm aware, and as far as I've seen in the beta, the cash shop is for services like character name changes and presumably character redesigns. Charging for these services isn't something I agree with but I understand the twofold purpose that serves, preventing excessive name/appearance changing and making money off of the people who want to utilise that service. That being said I'm unlikely to avail of it, if you've got more specific information about what the cash shop would entail I'd be interested to see it. However the existence of the shop isn't going to turn me off the game.

The subscription cost is a separate issue, to me at least, in that it is a method that I vastly prefer to every FTP model I've seen. I grew up with the idea of the subscription model being the norm and I have yet to see a single FTP game that has actually appealed to me from an aesthetic or community standpoint, the latter of which is far more important to me in an MMO. Even games that started with a subscription model and then went FTP have done things which have driven me off, the "cartel coin" nonsense in SWTOR and the ensuing death of whatever community market there was is an easily referenced example of what I'm saying.

I like the subscription model. I think that investors/marketers are trying desperately to make more money all the time and that they should just stop exploiting peoples willingness to cash out for a mount with blue trimmings instead of a mount with red trimmings. I think that to a point the subscription model could keep those people in check and give the developers the freedom to actually make a decent game.

Will I be paying for ESO? Yes.
Will I be playing ESO every second to make the most of that payment? Probably not. I'm unlikely to play more than 10-20 hours a week, if that. But it doesn't bother me to pay the subscription to keep the game that I'm playing the game that I purchased.

Well they've already shown their willingness to charge for crazy shit with the Mara rings and the imperial race. How long do you think it'll be before they start selling straight power? Or barring that, more race unlocks?

Yagami_Kira:
Well they've already shown their willingness to charge for crazy shit with the Mara rings and the imperial race. How long do you think it'll be before they start selling straight power? Or barring that, more race unlocks?

Maybe four months. Maybe two years. Maybe never.

Foolish or not I'm willing to trust that by doing what I can to support the product that I like then the creative vision that got that product from concept to implementation will stay, and I'll be able to continue enjoying it. People are quick to make judgements about a developers intentions, more so when those people feel their invested in the IP that developer is working with, but when it comes down to it the key driving force behind the things that we both evidently dislike isn't ignorance from developers its the demands of people who, unlike developers, don't care about the players and care even less about their experience. Those people control the money and as long as they're happy, they're quiet.

Whether or not people agree I don't think that a developer could spend 3-4 years on a project and not care about it as much, if not more, than the players.

I was curious about trying this, but charging for a special edition to get a certain race just seems like a step backwards before even starting the race. at least WoW got the players first BEFORE adding in additional features to pay for besides the game price and the subscription fee.

as nice as the race choice is for those who get it, i think it'll just piss off more people who don't get it, and be a more generally negative addition.

statue's awesome though, can't deny that shit

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