Ever since the announcement of The Elder Scrolls‘ forthcoming Morrowind expansion, fans of Bethesda’s MMORPG have been excited to finally get the chance to return to one of the franchise’s most memorable locations, but gamers on certain platforms might have reason to be more amped than others, as the game’s developer has revealed that PC and Mac players have the chance to get early access to the DLC. However, rather than simply giving computer-based gamers the edge over their console counterparts, the offer comes with certain stipulations.
As it happens, existing players on either Mac or PC who purchase the digital upgrade of The Elder Scrolls Online‘s Morrowind expansion or the collector’s edition will get access to the DLC starting on May 22, 2017. Those who do will end up getting a full two weeks’ advantage of playtime over console owners, as the add-on is officially set to launch next month on June 6, 2017.
Taking this into consideration, it’s important to note that this early access period is not going to just be a portion of The Elder Scrolls Online‘s Morrowind expansion, and it’s not primed to be only a preview where progress that a PC or Mac player makes will be wiped clean afterward. Fans on the platforms who buy the digital upgrade or the collector’s edition are going to be put on live servers by Bethesda and they will not lose any of their progress once the add-on comes out for everyone next month.
Interestingly enough, this offer not only extends to those who purchase the digital iterations of The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind upgrade or the collector’s edition, but also to those who buy physical copies of the collector’s edition on PC or Mac. However, those who get the disc version of the collector’s edition on the platforms will have to get in touch with the game’s support team in order to gain early access.
Although the early access to Morrowind provided to The Elder Scrolls Online‘s PC and Mac players isn’t being advertised as a beta, Bethesda has said that the period will “allow for final gameplay tuning and polishing before the game launches.” It’s understandable that the studio will want to ensure that all of the new features included in the DLC such as the addition of the Warden class is as pristine as possible when it goes live across all platforms. Nevertheless, perhaps it would have been better for the company to have been upfront with fans on the matter by simply declaring an official open beta period on PC and Mac during the two weeks prior to the add-on’s launch to incentivize as much participation and goodwill from the installed user base as it could.
The Elder Scrolls‘ Morrowind expansion is officially set to launch on June 6, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.