Elder Scrolls Online 'Imperial Edition' and pre-order bonuses announced

The Elder Scrolls Online is getting a special 'Imperial Edition' with a host of extras, ZeniMax announced today. It will be available for $99.99 for a version with some physical and in-game extras, or $79.99 for a digital version without the tangible goodies.

The Imperial Edition includes a collector's edition box with Steelbook packaging, a 12" statue of antagonist Molag Bal, a printed map of Tamriel, and a 224-page illustrated 'Emperor's Guide to Tamriel,' according to the Bethesda Blog. The in-game bonuses let you play as an Imperial in any alliance, and give you a White Imperial Horse, mudcrab vanity pet, and the Rings of Mara.

Pre-orders are open on the Elder Scrolls Online store, and today's announcement also outlined some extras for putting your money down early. Pre-ordering any edition of the game--standard or Imperial, digital or physical--will grant you the 'Explorer's Pack.' That nets you a scuttler vanity pet, four bonus treasure maps, and the ability to play as any of the nine races in any alliance. If you pre-order the PC or Mac digital version, you'll also get 5 days of early access.

Bethesda and ZeniMax Online rung in the announcements with a new cinematic trailer as well.