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

The Elder Scrolls Online is getting a special 'Imperial Edition,' and Bethesda has outlined the host of extras included in it and the extra 'Explorer's Pack' you'll get for pre-ordering any version of the game.


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.

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    January 29, 2014 7:20 AM

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    The Elder Scrolls Online is getting a special 'Imperial Edition,' and Bethesda has outlined the host of extras included in it and the extra 'Explorer's Pack' you'll get for pre-ordering any version of the game.

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      January 29, 2014 7:40 AM

      is this going to be any good? i have no idea

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        January 29, 2014 7:46 AM

        Did you like Oblivion?

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        January 29, 2014 7:57 AM

        All signs are pointing to another The Old Republic. It's going to have the Skyrim crowd to get started, but it's a boring MMO with mechanics circa 2003 and pretty rusty all around.
        My die-hard Skyrim fan friend was not impressed and found it dreadfully boring.

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          January 29, 2014 7:59 AM

          yeah, my friend who played the beta said he'd rather just be playing Skyrim.

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            January 29, 2014 8:06 AM

            Yea, this. My friend also said it was just lackluster. It doesn't seem like it will be bad, just forgettable and dull. Typically standard fair MMO stuff.

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              January 29, 2014 8:09 AM

              my friend agrees completely.

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                January 29, 2014 8:43 AM

                hmmm well, i'd likely play it on the ps4 so i'll have 2 months of PC players complaining about it to keep me from wasting my money on it.

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          January 29, 2014 9:04 AM

          In terms of pure solo pve, yeah kinda. It doesn't have quite the strong story element with all the cut scenes like SWTOR, but must of the mechanics I haven't found ground breaking. The biggest facet is some of the class customization options. The special ability interrupt an dodge is nice, but it feels played out after the first bunch of levels.

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            January 29, 2014 4:36 PM

            yeah.. we're still playing SWTOR over here after a year or so largely due to story sp. no pvp, no raid grouping type things.

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          January 29, 2014 4:01 PM

          It can't be another ToR. They haven't spent nowhere near the same amount of money and time for it.

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            January 29, 2014 4:22 PM

            Time-wise, I'm pretty sure they have. ESO has been in development for a long time.

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      January 29, 2014 7:51 AM

      I want the horsey. But it's $80. But I want the horsey. ( ._.)

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      January 29, 2014 8:36 AM

      Wait wait wait wait. Does that mean that being able to play as any race in any alliance is going to be some sort of purchaseable ability if you don't pre-order the game? That's ridiculous.

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      January 29, 2014 8:42 AM

      Green Man Gaming is sending out 25% off vouchers for pre-orders.

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        January 29, 2014 9:26 AM

        Strange, doesn't look like they've sent me one. And i buy a lot of games from them.

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        January 29, 2014 4:11 PM

        This coupon also has a deal, buy the game using this "tied to your account" code and they will send another 25% code for use by a friend

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      January 29, 2014 8:52 AM

      I foresee much buyer's remorse when they shut down the servers after six months.

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      January 29, 2014 9:08 AM

      They've already lost me at the $14.99 a month.

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        January 29, 2014 10:07 AM

        yeah, i'd prefer F2P where they constantly try to sell me shit past the paywall.. :\

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        January 29, 2014 3:21 PM


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        January 29, 2014 3:49 PM

        Wait a couple months and play the F2P version obviously.

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        January 29, 2014 4:46 PM

        BAH. I don't want to get nickel and dimes throughout my playtime. One fee, everything is open. Don't be a poor.

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      January 29, 2014 9:09 AM

      Anyone from here going to get it? I don't want to be alone in this if I get it.. I need a commitment damn it, I'll try it for awhile, just to have the right to come in and bash it if need be.

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        January 29, 2014 9:19 AM

        Yes I'll probably get the digital imperial.

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          January 29, 2014 10:01 AM

          Good.. there is one.. If Green Man sends me a voucher I may have to bite.

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      January 29, 2014 9:38 AM

      meh I'll just rent the disc on gamefly then pay the $15 to try it out for a month

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        January 29, 2014 10:38 AM

        I'm pretty sure you can't do that with a game like this. It'll undoubtedly ship with a serial number necessary to start an account.

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      January 29, 2014 4:35 PM

      Can I play this game instead?


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      January 30, 2014 5:54 AM

      Great news about the option to play any race in any alliance. I've only looked into the game a little, but I already found that the race and alliance I liked were not compatible.

      However, I'm pretty bummed about the whole vanity pet thing. That sounds like something I don't want to see in an Elder Scrolls MMO.

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