Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition is Swanky

If you’re the premium-buying sort, you could do worse than the $100 The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition.

Bethesda unlocked its seriously big TESO box this morning, revealing a foot-tall Molag Bal statue (complete with in-hand slave!), a 224-page illustrated guide to Tamriel, a map, and a ton of in-game goodies. It’s up for pre-order starting today, including over at the just launched TESO Online Store. Here’s the full TESO Imperial Edition feature set:

    • Molag Bal Statue: A 12” statue featuring Molag Bal, Daedric Prince of domination and enslavement.
    • The Improved Emperor’s Guide to Tamriel: A 224-page illustrated guide annotated by the Imperial scholar, Flaccus Terentius.
    • Physical Map of Tamriel: A 21” x 26” printed map detailing Alliance-controlled zones and the ultimate conquest: Cyrodiil.  
    • Steelbook Packaging: A limited edition steel case decorated in the color of the Imperials.
    • Exclusive Collection of Digital Content:
      • Play as an Imperial: Become an Imperial and play in any Alliance. Gain unique bonuses, crafting styles, gear, and more.
      • White Imperial Horse: Summon this Imperial mount and journey through Tamriel with speed.
      • Mudcrab Vanity Pet: Explore Tamriel with a mudcrab pet scuttling along by your side.
      • Rings of Mara: Complete the Ritual of Mara with a friend and receive an experience bonus when you play together.

If you do dip into pre-order waters, either with the standard edition of TESO or the swanky Imperial Edition, Bethesda will also throw in The Explorer’s Pack bonus at launch, which includes: a Scuttler vanity pet, four bonus treasure maps, and “the ability to play as any of the nine races in any Alliance.” Evidently those who don’t pre-order will have their Alliance race choices limited.

One more thing: if you pre-order TESO (standard or otherwise) through Bethesda’s new store, they’ll throw in a five day early access head start. Get a cinematic look at what you’ll be exploring in the lengthy new CGI trailer below:

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10 Comments on Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition is Swanky


On January 29, 2014 at 8:49 am

Amazing trailer, shame the game is utter pants. I got into the beta and I have to say it is probably the worst MMO I have ever played.

Why on earth are Bethesda the first name in the trailer? They had nothing to do with making the game, it was all Zenimax Studios.

Ron Whitaker

On January 29, 2014 at 9:24 am

@Aedelric – They’re first because they’re still publishing it. Putting up the majority of the cash usually gets you first billing.


On January 29, 2014 at 9:58 am

ZeniMax Media, Zenimax Online Studios, Bethesda Softworks, LLC, Bethesda Game Studios. I admit it can get confusing. Makes me wonder why Bethesda Softworks forked out the money and not ZeniMax Media, mind you Bethesda Softworks is owned by ZeniMax Media so I guess it really is still all just Zenimax.

Bethesda Game Studios is the key here, they are the ones that make the games we love and they thankfully had no hand in this fairly disappointing game.

My advice to everyone, hold off till after release when friends, gaming websites and people you trust give reviews. I would hate to see anyone waste money with a preorder.


On January 29, 2014 at 10:38 am

Agree with the posters here, I was disappointed by the game. The first couple of hours the ‘new MMO’ feeling keeps you going, exploring to see what’s there and what you can accomplish, but soon after you realise the game is nothing new at all, there’s not a whole lot to accomplish beyond quest after quest, and the game is actually quite poor.

I’m sure it’ll do well in exactly the same way as SW:TOR did well. A month or two of excitement followed by a mass exodus and a switch to F2P.


On January 29, 2014 at 11:17 am

Played the beta and… I’m still confused how its the worst MMO ever, it plays like… multiplayer Skyrim. Why is this bad?


On January 29, 2014 at 11:47 am

I’m mostly an RP player in MMO, so the quality of fun depends mostly on the quality of the players I play with. Then the discussion I have with them turns around how accurately we can RP together, and immersion and interaction with the environment become key. PvE quests are important to some, PvP to others, but a realistic world and the possible interactions with this world are paramount.
We couldn’t really test RP during the beta, but as far as immersion and interaction were concerned, we weren’t really convinced. So the current consensus is indeed to wait till the final version comes out to make up our mind and possibly switch (or not).


On February 2, 2014 at 10:04 pm

I guess just making a lackluster game that has almost nothing in common with Elder Scrolls wasn’t stupid enough. So playing as one of the basic races or being able to choose ANY race in all factions are premium options? F2P is six months, gone inside of 18.

Josey Wales

On March 17, 2014 at 5:42 am

I ended up buying the game from an Ebay scrub damn it all to hell!

I guess it’s kinda my fault. No it’s their fault for not advertising enough!


On March 17, 2014 at 5:49 am

It looked like they cut her throat?

I had to buy from an Ebay scrub, damnit all to hell!
I only paid 50 bucks more but I hate them motherers!


On March 17, 2014 at 5:49 am

It looked like they cut her throat?

I had to buy from an Ebay scrub, damnit all to hell!
I only paid 50 bucks more but I hate them motherf*u*c*k*e*rs!