The Elder Scrolls Online has been on PC and MAC for a little over a year now, and while many fans have been able to enjoy the vast world of Tamriel with their friends, a section of the traditional playerbase has been anxiously awaiting their ability to fight Molag Bal in ESO.
And for some that wait might finally be over before others..
Announced via Twitter today, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited console beta will begin tomorrow (April 23) for both Playstation and Xbox One fans.
Many fans have been eagerly awaiting this moment, especially since the console version has been delayed for almost a year now. Originally slated to release June 2014 after being announced at E3 2013, the console version was then delayed until Zenimax Online Studios officially announced the console date with the announcement the game was going “buy-to-play,” as reported by the Inquisitr.
Some fans have been able to take advantage of a special program announced when The Elder Scrolls Online was originally delayed on console and grab their copy of the game for $20. Zenimax detailed the process on their website when the console game was officially delayed, which includes copying your characters from PC to continue your journey on console from the same spot.
Elder Scrolls Online has been completely retooled to work for the console of your choice, so it is not a straight port from the PC. The game, while the same exact core experience, will definitely feel different on controller versus keyboard and mouse. The UI has been retooled, as seen in the video below from Zenimax’s Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited PS4 stream, and it looks as though the game will work intuitively with the gamepad. No word on whether gamepad support is coming to the PC after the launch, but some fans are still eagerly awaiting in the hopes that it does.
With the move to the buy-to-play subscription model, the console subscriptions have also been removed. While initially that was not going to be the case, many fans complained that they would have to pay for both their Xbox Live or PS Plus in addition to the Elder Scrolls Online sub fee. This is in contrast to many MMOs on console that either require a sub and not the XBL or PS Plus sub, or are free-to-play providing you subscribe to the aforementioned services. By removing this requirement, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited is removing any extra barrier from players experiencing Tamriel in their living rooms.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited will launch June 9 on Xbox One and Playstation 4.
[Images via The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited]