Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Free on Steam Until the 26th— April 24, 2015
On the coattails of the recent announcement of puchasable mods becoming available on the Steam Workshop for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda has announced a free weekend for the game. Skyrim can be played for free by anyone who does not already own the game until Monday at 1PM EST. Additionally, Skyrim and its expansions are also on a deep discount, making this a good time to try out the game, if you haven't already.
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Mod Workshop Now Allows Purchasable Mods — April 23, 2015
Following an update to allow the mod workshop for the PC version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to allow mods of any size to be uploaded, Valve and Bethesda have announced that modders will now be able to sell their mods in the workshop. Similar to Bethesda leading the way for previous updates to the Steam client, such as the Workshop itself and Steam trading cards, this service will also be the first test of a non-curated mod service on Steam, with the creator of the mod setting the price for the mod, and not needing approval from Bethesda or Valve to sell it.
Purchasable mods will come with a 24-hour grace period, during which the mod can be returned for a refund in case it is not performing as advertised. Additionally, free mods will still be available from the Workshop, and modders will not be required to sell their mods if they are not interested in the service. The modders who do take up this opportunity will receive 25% of the profits, as described in the FAQ for the Steam Workshop. The first 17 mods to take advantage of this can be found in this bundle on the Workshop.
Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Enters Beta for Consoles — April 22, 2015
After a number of delays, the console beta for Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited is set to begin tomorrow. Unlike with the PC beta, there will be only a single beta test for the console version, with the invites for it being sent out today. If you signed up for the beta, check your email inbox to see if you got in. The beta will go from April 23rd at 10AM EDT until the 27th of the same month, at the same time. Additionally, there will be no NDA for the console beta, so you can freely share your experiences. The beta will be split across the platforms, with the PS4 and Xbox One versions having separate megaservers for North America and Europe. The choice of which megaserver you wish to play on is up to you, so be sure to coordinate with any friends you have in the beta. Finally, once the beta has concluded, all character data will be wiped.
The console version of the MMO is set to be released on June 9th, so if you miss out on the beta, you will just need to wait a few more weeks for the official commercial release. In a small note revealed alongside this, the console version of the game will require a large patch, somewhere around fifteen gigabytes, upon release, due to the game's file size greatly exceeding the storage capacity of a Blu-ray disc.
Tales of Tamriel: Vol.1: The Land Released — April 21, 2015
ESO's Welcome Back Weekend — April 13, 2015
The Elder Scrolls Online
is holding a "Welcome Back Weekend" from Thursday, April 16, at 10AM EST to Monday, April 20, at 10AM EST. Players who participated in beta weekends
who have not purchased the game will be able to play for free during this time. Anyone who plays for at least two hours during the weekend will be entered in a drawing for various physical and in-game prizes, and a special mount
will be on sale in the Crown Store
only during this time.
ESO Update 6 Released — March 6, 2015
Skyrim Workshop File Size Restrictions Removed — March 2, 2015
In a surprise update to their three-year-old title, Bethesda has announced an update to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on the PC. The update will unshackle the Steam Workshop from its standing 100MB file size restriction, allowing for mods of any size to be uploaded and managed through Steam. Additionally, the game launcher will no longer need to be open to download mods from the workshop, with downloads now being handled by the Steam Client; the game launcher will still be responsible for patches.
Before the update is officially rolled out, a short, weeklong beta test is currently open to any willing participants. To join the beta for the game, all you need to do is open up Steam, go into the game tab, right click on Skyrim, select "Properties" from the bottom of the list, click on the "Beta" tab, then opt into the Skyrim beta. To join the beta for the Creation Kit
, you must first go to the "Tools" section of the library, the drop down list for the different sections can be found next to the library's search option, go to the Creation Kit, and repeat the same steps as before.
Tamriel Unlimited — January 21, 2015
ZeniMax Online has announced an end to ESO's subscription model, as well as a release date for PS4 and Xbox One. The new model will be known as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, and will go live on PC and Mac starting March 17. A one-time purchase of the game is still required for new players, but a monthly subscription is no longer needed. The console versions are due for release on June 9, and require Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership to play.
In the wake of paid subscriptions comes the Crown Store
and ESO Plus
. The Crown Store
will be an in-game microtransaction store for purchasing future DLC and items using "crowns". ESO Plus
is a premium subscription which will give access to all DLC, recurring crowns, and a 10% bonus to XP, gold drops, crafting
research and crafting inspiration
. Current subscribers will have any remaining game time converted into an ESO Plus subscription, and players will be given crowns based on the number of months they've been subscribed. To celebrate the announcement, ZeniMax have released the final part
of the ESO cinematic.
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