Elder Scrolls Online launch date announced

Elder Scrolls Online

Bethesda has announced a launch date for their MMORPG Elder Scrolls Online. The game will hit PC and Mac on 4 April 2014, with a PS4 and Xbox One launch expected in June 2014.

It was previously revealed that Elder Scrolls Online players will be asked to pay $14.99/€12.99/£8.99 per month. There will be discounts for buying game-time in bulk. There will also be a cost for the purchase of the base game, which offers 30 days access.

A video has been released to accompany the launch date news, showcasing the gameplay and PvP combat.

Game Director Matt Firor provided an update on the development:

Game development is coming along very well. We completed major systems development, and are focusing on making this the Elder Scrolls game you expect: polishing the hundreds and hundreds of hours of content, making combat even more fun and responsive, fixing quest issues, and much, much more. In fact, we plan on spending the next few months before launch reacting to the latest feedback from internal and external testers and gameplay data we have collected.

We’ve been in beta testing for about a year now, leading up to our most recent test in late November where we had over 300,000 people in the game over a 48 hour period. We’ve had approximately 4 million people sign up for beta and that number continues to grow. We hope that just about every one of you who have signed up for beta will get an invitation to play sometime between now and the weeks before launch.

These tests are very important, not only for gameplay feedback, but also to test our infrastructure. Beta tests can sometimes be a little rough when we are testing some systems for the first time with large numbers of players. So thank you to all who have participated for your understanding and support. It is very much appreciated.

The Elder Scrolls Online is an MMO in development at ZeniMax Online Studios, and will be the first Elder Scrolls game to allow gamers to explore the legendary Elder Scrolls world with others. The Elder Scrolls Online is being developed for PC, Mac and next-gen consoles, under the leadership of industry veteran Matt Firor, who has spent the last two decades working in online game development.

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  • Mv12

    Ugh, why another pay to play… This is disappointing, because I was really looking forward to a multiplayer Elder Scrolls.

  • VirtualForce

    I was going to play, right up until I heard about the ~R200 monthly sub.

  • http://www.descon.co.za/ Sou1Co11ector

    Paying for the privilege of playing a game you already bought… Who still does crap like that?

    Sorry Bethesda, not buying it :(

  • Charl van der Merwe

    Lol, why are you people so shocked about the Subscription, this is an MMORPG, have you been living in a hole for the last decade ?I mean Seriously?

  • Ninja-J

    No they haven’t but most new MMORPG’s are free to play such as Neverwinter and Path Of Exile as well as older MMORPG’s such as AION and SWTOR which have moved to the free to play cost method. Sure some features are disabled for free users but you can still enjoy the game.

  • Charl van der Merwe

    Free to Play is a sign of failure for a MMORPG, the model changes from focus of player content to revenue generation through microtransactions.
    Aion went F2P after it lost many of its players, Star Wars MMO, same thing.

    Every single F2P MMORPG I have played leaves lots to be desired when compared to a full subscription model.

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    The sad part about this is that this will probably replace the Elder Scroll games for a foreseeable future… Skyrim was the last one :( sigh

  • VirtualForce

    I wouldn’t mind paying, but $15 a month? Seems a bit steep. I’ve never played a MMO but I’m not oblivious that even though I have bought the game, there are costs that the dev will incur to keep the game running, both in bandwidth and further dev. But I think something less, like $5 or something might have been worthwhile.

    Currently, I can buy a new PC game every second month for R400 which is what 2 months will just about cost me.

    So if you’ll excuse me, my hole is getting a bit to bright, need to close the lid.

  • VirtualForce

    NO, dont say such things! You make the voices cry in despair…

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    lol! I tend to always expect the worst. This is what happened to the Warcraft franchise and the Star Wars one… =’/

  • Lydon McG

    $15 has been pretty stock standard for years. As someone who has played them for quite a while, I’m glad the $15 fee hasn’t risen along with inflation to be honest.

  • VirtualForce

    oh ok, then its probably fair. But still…. :(

  • Bronwin October

    i love the elder scroll games but to pay for a service in order to play online…NOOOO WAY!. im getting my ps4, look here, my internet pm is R400, than i need to get PSN plus member R500 and to pay for a game every month about R200…..im a gamer not nuts in my head. really sad to hear you need to pay per play. ai hou julle game ma lol