Some lucky PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players who signed up for the Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited beta have already gone live on April 23 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern and will run until April 27. While Elder Scrolls Online already released on PC last year, the game's release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has been pushed back to June 9 of this year.
Gamespresso reports that the full experience of Elder Scrolls Online will be available to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One beta testers throughout the weekend. However, the players will not be able to keep their characters and will have to create a new one when it releases officially on the PlayStation and Xbox platforms this June.
One beta tester from Push Square have already given a sneak peak on the Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited beta for PlayStation 4. Robert Ramsey notes that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim fans would feel right at home on one of the first maps of Tamriel Unlimited, Bleakrock Isle. It is only a small part of the huge map available in the game but it was suitable to the PlayStation and Xbox beta testers since it was rich with low level quests.
"The game's bloody massive, then, but as you might expect, this does seem to have its drawbacks. For starters, the environments themselves aren't all that detailed, and although there's still more than enough to discover – from treasure chests to caves and villages to bandit camps – none of it feels as intricate as what's on offer in previous Elder Scrolls titles."Since Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited is the franchise's first exploration of the MMORPG world, Ramsey notes that there were some hits and miss throughout the game.
"It immediately sounded like typical role-playing game fluff, and it was, but the whole process was handled quite well," said Ramsey. "Although there were no real surprises in how things played out – we conquered the crypt, carved through the cut-throats, and found the hapless brother – each task rewarded us with gold and gear, and there was a satisfying pace to it all."
Another PlayStation 4 tester posted two days ago a short YouTube video of him playing the Elder Scrolls Online beta. He was genuinely surprised that he could lure guards into a battle, an unheard of feat in MMORPGs, and he terribly regretted his actions.A report by PlayStation Lifestyle confirmed that the Elder Scrolls Online beta test for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will not be cross-console so there will be two huge servers for each console. Since ZeniMax Online Studios reveals that the beta test will make the full game available to players on the PlayStation and Xbox consoles, beta testers were required to download a massive 50GB, with a 15GB patch on day one.
For PlayStation 4 gamers who did not get invited to try out the beta, the PlayStation Store has already released pre-orders for Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. Those PlayStation users wanting to get their hands on the game as early as possible should definitely drop by the North American PlayStation store. With Bethesda's announcement that purchasing Elder Scrolls Online will not require subsequent subscription fees and with a 10 percent discount for PlayStation Plus members, there is absolutely no reason for PlayStation 4 and Elder Scrolls fans to not get the game.
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