Bethesda announces The Elder Scrolls Online Gold Edition, a re-release of the fantasy MMO that includes the base game as well as four DLC expansion packs.
Over the past 18 months, Bethesda has made several major changes to The Elder Scrolls Online designed to draw even more players to the fantasy MMO. In January of last year, the game ditched its subscription model (allowing players to pay once to gain access to the title forever) and opting to rely more heavily upon microtransactions for revenue. Just last month, the title’s “One Tamriel” update was also revealed, with the entire game world set to become accessible to every player regardless of their level.
While both of these moves were well-received by the player base and will surely help The Elder Scrolls Online add to its 7 million players figure, the announcement of The Elder Scrolls Online Gold Edition is also expected to have a series impact on numbers. Revealed today by Bethesda, the Gold Edition is essentially a re-package of The Elder Scrolls Online that bundles the base game along with the four DLC packs that have been released so far as well as a couple of extra in-game goodies.
The bundled DLC expansions are: the Imperial City expansion (which adds new collectibles, a new PvP dungeon and more), Thieves Guild (allowing players to become a member of the pick-pocketing group), Dark Brotherhood (which introduces the group of highly-trained assassins) and Orisinium (an expansion which adds over 20 hours of story content). The Elder Scrolls Online Gold Edition also features the Palomino horse mount and 500 crowns to spend at the in-game Crown Store, provided that the player is a new sign-up to the game.
The Gold Edition package will cost $60 and will be available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One from September 9 (though pre-orders are available now). What is currently unclear is whether there will be an easy path to upgrade for existing Elder Scrolls Online players who would like to save money on buying expansions by purchasing the Gold Edition. It’s also unclear whether or not Bethesda will offer some sort of temporary discount on expansions to offset the pricing and any complaints from existing players that they are being treated unfairly.
Unfortunately, while there are still questions to be asked about the Gold Edition package, it does mean that fall 2016 is a good time for players who have yet to play an Elder Scrolls game to jump into the franchise. Following the Gold Edition’s release in September, Skyrim: Special Edition will be released on PC and consoles in October, and digital card game The Elder Scrolls: Legends is adding a campaign and is likely to have a full release by the end of 2016.
The Elder Scrolls Online Gold Edition will be released on September 9, 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Source: VG 24/7