According to an official announcement from the video game publisher and developer Bethesda, the company's MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online will be getting a free to play week on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One starting tomorrow from from 7:00 AM PT / 10:00 AM ET / 3:00 PM BST on April 11, 2017, and all the way through April 18, 2017. While this is great news for those who are looking to give the game a go, it's important to note that the week long trial will only be available for the title's base game, and excludes any expansions.
In addition to the full Tamriel Unlimited game getting a week trial, players will also receive 500 free Crowns, which is the in-game currency that can be spent on cosmetic upgrades, new pets, and more. Not to mention, as an incentive to get fans to purchase The Elder Scrolls Online during the trial week, it will be discounted until April 18, after which it will go back to full price.
As of writing, it's unclear as to what the sale price for The Elder Scrolls Online will be, but Tamriel Unlimited–that is, the base game–typically costs $30, while The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Edition, which includes the base game as well as the Imperial City, Orsinium, Thieves Guild, and Dark Brotherhood DLC packs, have a going price of $60. It's also worth mentioning that neither version requires a subscription to play.
Without a doubt, this week of free play for The Elder Scrolls Online's base game is Bethesda's strategy of getting players to pick up the title before the launch of its forthcoming Morrowind expansion, which is set to launch in June. Those who want to get a feel for what it will be like to return to Morrowind in ESO before the DLC's launch in the next couple of months can check out a gameplay trailer right here.
Bearing all of this in mind, it will be interesting to see if the upcoming free week of play will be able to expand the user base for The Elder Scrolls Online. As it happens, the title already has a remarkably sizeable following, with the MMORPG having hit 8.5 million players about a month ago. With that being the case, it seems as if Bethesda is banking on hooking fans with the trial and reeling them in as the free week progresses.
The Elder Scrolls Online is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.