‘The Elder Scrolls Online’ Developers Review The Year, Look Ahead To ‘Thieves Guild,’ ‘Brotherhood’ DLC

In 2015, The Elder Scrolls Online transitioned to a buy-to-play model, the game expanded with two major DLC options, and it updated with new Justice and Champion Systems. Not to mention, The Elder Scrolls Online finally released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles opening up the immense MMORPG to a host of new players.

Developers of the impressive MMORPG take a moment to look back at what the players and the team have accomplished in 2015 in a brief announcement on the official site. Moving to the buy-to-play model where players can play The Elder Scrolls Online without requiring a subscription is probably the most notable change to the game alongside its release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Of course, the new business model would be moot if it were not for the paramount updates and additions to the game.

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Not all Khajiit are known for theft [Image via Bethesda]

In March 2015, the Justice and Champion Systems were introduced to the game. The Justice System let players steal, fence, and profit from a seedier side of life. Of course, it would not be an Elder Scrolls game without the occasional spotting by the local guard or aggressive reaction by the NPC being pickpocketed. The Champion System gives max level players a plethora of goals to work toward by continuing a level experience at max level. Spending Champion Points lets players increase the power of all their characters, too, adding a much needed level of depth to The Elder Scrolls Online‘s longevity.

The developer post notes that over 100 new things have been introduced to the Crown Store in 2015, 33,000 lines of voice over dialogue was added to The Elder Scrolls Online, and over a million posts have been made to the official forums. A new promotion for The Elder Scrolls Online is also underway. The “Million Reasons To Play” giveaway is going on now and is expected to reward one lucky player with a million dollar prize. An additional 1,000 players will also receive 3,000 Crowns each for just playing The Elder Scrolls Online. Be sure to check out how to enter the giveaway on the official site; there is an initial sign-up process required. After you are signed up, simply play The Elder Scrolls Online for your chance at one of the prizes. Players must log in before January 10 to be eligible to win, and the winners will be selected on February 1.

Although 2015 is coming to a close, players enjoying The Elder Scrolls Online have plenty to anticipate in 2016. Developers point out that the first two DLCs for the game are expected in the first half of 2016. Players should look forward to a DLC based on the Thieves Guild and the Dark Brotherhood in the coming months. After the holiday break, the developers of The Elder Scrolls Online will be back in January to discuss the first DLC based on the iconic Thieves Guild.

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Orsinium City in The Elder Scrolls Online [Image via Bethesda]

Although Elder Scrolls Online players will have to wait for 2016 to enjoy the new DLC, Orsinium is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The second and last DLC of 2015, offers up over 20 hours of story content, introduces players to Wrothgar, and injects new items to the MMORPG. Players of any level can enjoy the Orc homeland, thanks to the game’s Battle Leveling system. Upon traveling to Wrothgar, all players will be scaled to a certain level; however, their gear choices and skill allocation will still impact the way their characters function.

Orsinium can be purchased for 3,000 Crowns for players looking to permanently own the content from the DLC. As The Inquisitr reported, subscribers to The Elder Scrolls Online can enjoy Orsinium as part of their subscription service. If a subscription lapses, though, the player will not be able to access Orsinium content, but they will retain their gear and progress gained from the DLC.

[Image via Bethesda]