Expected to release in the first quarter of 2016, the upcoming Thieves Guild downloadable content is highly anticipated by many players of The Elder Scrolls Online. The iconic guild and the criminal activity that comes with it are a staple of the franchise. When the MMORPG launched, the lack of a Thieves Guild and the Dark Brotherhood were sorely missed. Thankfully, both are coming to the game soon.
The Thieves Guild DLC is the first to be added, though. The new DLC will be the first piece of DLC released to The Elder Scrolls Online this year. With its release imminent, developers of the game recently revealed what it will include on the game’s official website. Additionally, a number of base game features will launch alongside the DLC that will be available to all players regardless of whether or not they have access to the Thieves Guild.
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In the upcoming Thieves Guild DLC, players will be able to join the guild for the first time in The Elder Scrolls Online. The DLC also includes a new zone called Hew’s Bane where the Thieves Guild headquarters, Abah’s Landing, is located. Players of all levels can travel to the new zone located in the southern area of Hammerfell. New quests, new bosses, and new story content fill the Thieves Guild DLC with options for any player. Of course, new motifs, costumes, item sets, and a new 12-player trial are also part of the DLC.
Players with access to the Thieves Guild DLC will also discover new criminal activities and a new passive skill line that can only be acquired through the guild. Like other DLCs for The Elder Scrolls Online, subscribers will have full access to the DLC while others will need to purchase the Thieves Guild DLC with Crowns in order to enjoy its contents. Luckily, subscribing to The Elder Scrolls Online grants a 1,500 Crown stipend each month to subscribers. Since the subscription is $15 each month and 1,500 Crowns cost $15 as an individual purchase, the cost of a subscription is quite reasonable.
Also similar to other DLC releases for The Elder Scrolls Online, a base game patch will also release when the DLC launches. This content will be available to all players regardless of whether or not they have access to the new DLC according to the official Bethesda website. On PC and Mac, players can expect a new 64-bit client while Mac players will see an improvement to the game’s facial animations. The Elder Scrolls Online players will also see major renovations and improvements to the Grouping Tool including incentives and cross-alliance grouping without the tool.
Scrolling combat text, the ability to access the other alliances’ content in any order upon reaching Veteran Rank, animation prioritization in combat, and many other balance tweaks will be included. Players can expect combat fixes, gameplay balancing, campaign updates, and much more when the Thieves Guild DLC releases for The Elder Scrolls Online.
The Elder Scrolls Online is now a buy-to-play game with optional DLC and in-game store purchases. After releasing in 2014, the game soon transitioned to the buy-to-play hybrid model with an optional subscription. In 2015, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and the game’s popularity grew larger. As the Inquisitr reported, 2015 brought the Justice and Champion Systems to the game, the former of which is crucial to the Thieves Guild content. In 2015, two major pieces of downloadable content were added to The Elder Scrolls Online, and two pieces are already scheduled to release this year. After all, the Thieves Guild is releasing soon with the Dark Brotherhood DLC expected to release in the second quarter of 2016. Clearly, heroes of Tamriel will have plenty to discover in this MMORPG for years to come.
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