Bethesda Softworks announces ZeniMax Online Entertainment’s first major The Elder Scrolls Online expansion, Morrowind, which also adds the Warden class.
ZeniMax Online Studios today announced the first major expansion to its 2014 MMO, The Elder Scrolls Online. It’s time to return to Morrowind. The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind is a prototypical MMO expansion, featuring a large new land for players to quest and adventure. Additional features include the addition of all new class, the Warden, the new Battlegrounds PvP mode, and of course, an expanded story campaign. Morrowind will come with the pricing of a prototypical expansion as well.
According to publisher Bethesda, The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind will be available through several different editions. Both the Upgrade Edition ($39.99) and the Digital Collector’s Upgrade ($59.99) allow current owners of The Elder Scrolls Online to acquire Morrowind without paying for the based edition of the MMO as well. Alternatively, new players can purchase a Standard Edition ($59.99) which includes both the base game and the Morrowind expansion. For those wanting alternatives with goodies, here are those editions and their goodies:
- Digital Collector’s Edition ($79.99) – Base Game and Morrowind Expansion
- Grey Bear — Exclusive grey War Bear for the Warden class.
- Armor War Horse Mount
- Dwarven Spider Pet
- Morag Tong Converter — Gear customization in the style of the Morag Tong.
- Character Emotes
- Discovery Pack Pre-Order Bonus
- Collector’s Edition ($99.99) – Base Game and Morrowind Expansion
- Dwarven Colossus Statues — 12″ replica of the colossus shown in The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind‘s announcement trailer.
- Naryu’s Journal — Large-format book including illustrated concept art and the story of Naryu the assassin’s pursuit across Tamriel.
- Map of Marrowind
- Metallic Game Case
- Discovery Pack Pre-Order Bonus
Note that while the Collector’s Editions of the Morrowind expansion all inherently include the Discovery Pack pre-order bonus, any pre-order of any edition will include the pack. The pack itself includes a Warden costume, a Dwarven War Dog pet, treasure maps, a Dwarven Crown Crate, and experience scrolls. Also note that the contents of the Digital Collector’s Upgrade are the same as the Digital Collector’s Edition, sans the base game.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind‘s announcement may come as a surprise to many. After all, the game had a rough initial launch that resulted in a rather significant end-game overhaul and a transition to a buy-to-play MMO with optional subscription. Yet, since that transition, The Elder Scrolls Online has seen an increasing number of players pick up the game. The micro-expansions like Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood, the Crown microtransaction shop, and the optional subscription have given The Elder Scrolls Online life.
It’s not necessarily surprising that ZeniMax Online decided to next purse a full-sized expansion. Final Fantasy 14 and World of Warcraft both have found success with major expansions, though they each employ required subscriptions. Guild Wars 2 is also a buy-to-play title and it had measured success with a full expansion, Heart of Thorns. If anything, the current MMO landscape shows that MMO players will take new content in any form.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind expansion is scheduled to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC starting June 6.