After nearly two years of teases, gameplay tweaks, and how-to videos, The Elder Scrolls Online finally has a release date. ZeniMax Online’s MMO will hit the PC and Mac on April 4, 2014.
Alongside the release date announcement, ZeniMax also dropped a new trailer, which focuses on The Elder Scrolls Online‘s PvP element. In the trailer (seen above), gamers will be able to see just how massive player-on-player battles can get in the world of Cyrodil.
While the most important takeaway from today’s announcement is the PC and Mac release date, ZeniMax also revealed the MMO would hit the PS4 and Xbox One platforms some time in June 2014. We only just learned about these next-gen versions at E3, so we’re sure ZeniMax needs a little extra development time to nail those down.
Given what we know about ZeniMax, and their subsidiary Bethesda Softworks, we should have seen this release date coming. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, for example, released on 11-11-11 — a clever release date, but one with no real significance aside from its placement in the important fall shopping season.
The Elder Scrolls Online, however, is going a similar route, with a clever 4-4-14 release date, but this time ZeniMax is trying to stake its claim in the spring season. Spring has never been a slouch when it comes to game releases, but next year’s season appears to be extremely over-stuffed…and the list keeps growing.
This, of course, begs the question as to whether any gamers will be able to devote the time necessary of an MMO to Elder Scrolls Online. With games like Titanfall and inFAMOUS: Second Son — both substantial time commitments in their own right — slated to hit weeks before The Elder Scrolls Online, will enough gamers jump on the MMO train?
Regardless, the game is deploying a subscription-based pricing model out of the gate, so we’ll likely discover The Elder Scrolls‘ success based on TTF2P (time to free-to-play).
Will you be playing The Elder Scrolls Online next April? Will you wait for the next-gen versions?
The Elder Scrolls Online releases April 4, 2014 for the PC and Mac. PS4 and Xbox One releases will follow in June 2014.