Elder Scrolls Online & Imperial Edition Now Available for 20% Off

By Viet Do . January 29, 2014 . 2:30pm


Update 6/20: TESO is now live! The best discounts on the Elder Scrolls Online here.

Launching in just a few months, Elder Scrolls Online is either going to revive subscription-based MMORPGs, or it’s going to flop really, really hard. As a fan of the Elder Scrolls series (since the generated world in Daggerfall), I’m not sure how I feel about ESO thus far. One thing that’s a bit wack is in order to play as the Imperial race, the only way thus far is to buy the just-announced Imperial Edition for extra $$$. What? Where do I grab my pitchfork?


In either case, pre-orders for both the Standard Edition of Elder Scrolls Online and Imperial Edition is now available, and if you’re a much more hardcore fan than I am, there’s a 20% discount thrown in the mix to entice you.




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End Game Title MSRP % Off Sale Price
Jun 2 Elder Scrolls Online Standard Edition $59.99 33% $40.10 
Jun 2 Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition $79.99 33% $53.59


Both editions come with a number of pre-order bonuses and of course include 30 days of game time. Strangely, early access head start is only 3 days for Standard Edition (April 1st), whereas the Imperial Edition gets a 5 day early access head start (March 30th). Meh? Full details of the pre-order bonuses are listed below. 


Standard Edition of Elder Scrolls Online


  • 3 Day Early Access (4/1/14)
  • Explorer Pack – Pick any race and play in any alliance (except Imperial)
  • Scuttler Vanity Pet – Some kind of lizard/dinosaur-ish creature, I think.


Elder Scrolls Online Digital Imperial Edition


  • Everything Above + 5 Day Early Access (3/30/14)
  • The Imperial DLC – Ability to play as an Imperial
  • Imperial White Horse – Why use other mounts when you’re an Imperial?
  • Crafting/Transforming Imperial Gears – ‘Nuff said.
  • Rings of Mara – Some type of quest that lets you get bonus XP when playing with friends (assuming it’s a method to power level with friends)
  • Mudcrab Vanity Pet – Yep! Mudcrabs.


In other PC game deal news that isn’t Elder Scroll related, GameFly has a “Ubisoft Hits Sale” on select PC download titles. While it’s only a total of five titles developed by Ubisoft, this does make Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag lowest ever by $7.50 after an instant savings drop of 50% followed up by a 25% off coupon code. Check the sales out below:


Ubisoft Hits Sale


End Game Title MSRP % Off Sale Price
Jan 31 Rocksmith 2014 $59.99 50% $29.99
Jan 31 Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag $59.99 63% $22.49
Jan 31 ANNO 2070 Complete Edition $49.99 81% $9.37
Jan 31 Rayman Legends $39.99 63% $14.99
Jan 31 Far Cry 3 $29.99 81% $5.62


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  • endril

    I guess they think this is the next step after the success of Skyrim, but I don’t think it’s a good fit.
    The whole point of Elder Scrolls (IMO) is that you can play it however you like. If you want to ignore some aspect of the game, you can still have a good time. There’s no pressure to do anything you don’t want to do.
    Playing alongside other players throws that out the window. As with other MMOs, you’re gonna have to be useful to other players or else there won’t be any fun to be had.

    • Yeah I’m not sure how this game will go. F2P after a year? Who knows.

      • cj may

        i give it 6months at most.

    • ninjabart122

      It’s always nice to have a close group of friends to play MMOs with.

      Think of it as adventuring with buddies.

    • SlickRoach

      And the glitches, after Skyrim I can’t imagine the amount that would be in an MMORPG. I couldn’t even complete Skyrim because it got to a point where I couldn’t even complete the story, and for some reason the more patches the game had the buggier it got for me.

      • Kamakuma

        Personally im stuck being a warewolf because you know even though the items  needed were key items…

        It made me drop one which I shouldn’t be able to do and right after they make a patch to fix that but you know I had already cleared some autosaves so I was screwed. V.V

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      They still give you that option in the mmo, I don’t know why people think there wouldn’t be options in this just because it’s a mmo.

  • Now that’s expensive. I’m afraid that I will not support this ES:O at all. A simple co-op for Skyrim would have been perfect for me. But MMORPG with monthly fee? No thanks.

    Just no.

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      It’s cheaper to pay for a p2p game then a f2p. Even if you are determined to never buy anything.

  • Lemski07

    even if its discounted at 50-75% I wont buy still, Ill wait for the subscription to subside, or if its got to be really good maybe so. in the past 2 years all the pc game I bought was meh.. bad. d3,simcity etc.

  • Arrei

    What in tarnation… a playable race is special edition exclusive? And a core race like flippin’ IMPERIALS?

    That’s it. I was waiting to see how this ship would sail, but this old tub’s already full of holes.

    • Yeah I had to wrap my head around that one. That isn’t to say there’s no human race to play (Reguards, Breton etc) but still. Core race? Nah. Pay up yo. (It’ll probably show up as a DLC of some sort later).

      • Ferrick

        that’s a rather terrible business tactic on their side

        it’s either pay up, or lose the chance to play as imperials

    • Zimmer Remmiz

      Imperials aren’t even playable in the first two games, they aren’t exactly a “core race”, I’m honestly surprised that they ended up playable in the game at all…

      • Arrei

        First two games. They’re on five now. They’re very much a core race now.

  • Göran Isacson

    I wonder how this will fare against that other subscriptionbased game, Final Fantasy XIV. Will it steal customers from them? Or have customers already been stolen by that game? Then again, maybe I’m staring too hard at the fact that both are subscriptionbased, maybe they’re just so different that they won’t end up having a significant effect on each other since they appeal to different userbases…

    • Ferrick

      i’ve played the beta

      nope, i’m sticking to FFXIV:ARR, TESO was quite boring to me

      • Göran Isacson

        Huh. What would you say were the biggest differences between the two that made you favor FF over TESO (that is, IF you’re allowed to talk about that kinda stuff)?

        • Ferrick

          since NDA is still in effect (i think?), i would summarize it as

          their take on plot, and music

  • Darkrise

    I give it half a year until they drop their fees and change their policy to b2p in order to earn back their budget.

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