Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition Proves Bethesda is Unfazed by Naysayers

Sure, there are plenty of naysayers when it comes to The Elder Scrolls Online. Of course, there are also plenty of folks singing its praises. In fact, it’s been a while since we’ve seen a game with such a starkly divided audience; on one end, there are players announcing its failure already, while on the other end folks are saying it’s the “WoW-killer”. Clearly both sides are equally ridiculous, so thankfully there are still some of us who are using logic and a sound mind to approach to the whole situation. But even with the polarized fanbase, Bethesda and ZeniMax Online Studios seem unfazed by the hoopla, and have proceeded to announce that the MMORPG won’t be shipping without some collector’s edition love.

Like Skyrim before it, The Elder Scrolls Online will launch with a standard and premium edition of the game. The newly unveiled “Imperial Edition” is loaded with all sorts of physical and digital goodies, meant to satiate the appetite of even the most hardcore ES fans. The $99.99 bundle will ship with all of the following:

  • Collector’s edition box and Steelbook packaging
  • Molag Bal statue: a collectible 12-inch statue featuring Molag Bal, Daedric Prince of domination and enslavement
  • Map of Tamriel: a printed map detailing alliance-controlled zone and the ultimate conquest: Cyrodiil
  • Emperor’s Guide to Tamriel: a 224-page illustrated guide annotated by the Imperial scholar, Flaccus Terentius
  • Digital bonuses include the option to play as an Imperial in any alliance, a white Imperial horse, a mudcrab vanity pet and Rings of Mara.

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Of course, if you’re one of those fancy “new-age” gamers, and like all your CE trinkets delivered to you via the digital space, then you can snatch up the digital Imperial Edition for only $79.99. Unfortunately, all that cool tangible stuff won’t come included, though you will still get the base game and extra digital content. The best news is, regardless of your preferred platform, the Imperial Edition will be available on all systems. Head on over to Bethesda’s store to pre-order it.

For the unaware, Bethesda also issued a new eight-minute “Arrival” trailer, which can be viewed below. The Elder Scrolls Online is penciled in for an April 4 launch on PC and Mac, with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions to follow shortly thereafter in June. It should be noted that it was indeed confirmed earlier this week that the Xbox One rendition will require an Xbox Live Gold subscription. PS4 players, however, will not need a PlayStation Plus membership to play.