The Elder Scrolls Online PS4 and Xbox One release is set to take place in just a few short days. And with a release finally on the horizon, we want to take a look at five things you should expect from the Xbox One and PS4 Elder Scrolls Online release date itself and from the release moving forward.
Last year, Bethesda and and ZeniMax released the ambitious Elder Scrolls Online for PC. The game is an MMO set in Tamriel Unlike previous versions of the Elder Scrolls series, Elder Scrolls Online allows you to create your own character and join your friends in an epic adventure across several landscapes including Eastmarch and The Rift.
The PC Elder Scrolls Online release took place last year but the companies were forced to delay the PS4 and Xbox One Elder Scrolls Online release until this year in an effort to polish up the gameplay and deliver a stable product.
The PS4 and Xbox One Elder Scrolls release date is confirmed for June 9th and naturally, there is a ton of excitement building amongst owners of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
With the release in sight, we want to take a look at a few things we think console owners should expect from their Elder Scrolls Online release. Our goal here is to set expectations for pre-orderers and those who are thinking about buying the game. Here’s what you should expect.
Elder Scrolls Online Release Date
The Elder Scrolls Online release date is confirmed for June 9th and those that pre-order online should expect to be able to play the game as soon as the clock strikes 4:01AM UTC. 4:01AM UTC translates to 9:01PM PST for west coasters and 12:01AM for those that live on the east coast. You should expect Bethesda, Sony, and Microsoft to keep their word at this point.
To do this, you need to pre-load the game. This is an absolutely massive game, over 50GB in size, which means that you should expect the download process to take awhile to complete. This goes for PS4 and Xbox One. There’s also a day one patch. Here’s why:
ESOTU is an incredibly massive game, both in terms of sheer scope and the data required to bring you this truly enormous experience. At the moment, the client will exceed a 50GB Blu-ray disc which means there will also be a large day-one patch that is somewhere in the region of 15GB.
If you want to play the second it goes on sale, you’ll need to do some prep work.
Elder Scrolls Online Problems
If you haven’t played Elder Scrolls Online, know that it’s a massive game filled with tons of monsters, loot, NPCs, towns, dungeons, and more. It’s an extremely complex title and it’s one that will almost certainly come with problems out of the box.
Yes, Bethesda and ZeniMax delayed the game to give it more polish. And while that extra time probably squashed a lot of the major bugs plaguing Tamriel, there’s no way that the developers were able to find or address every single issue in the game before its arrival.
If you’re planning to play the Elder Scrolls Online from the very beginning on June 9th, expect to run into bugs and issues. It’s impossible to predict exactly what those issues might be but Bethesda is famous for glitchy quests and problematic NPCs. We also would not be surprised if players encountered server issues in the opening salvo.
Server problems are extremely common right after a game’s launch (GTA Online is a perfect example) and we would expect there to be some hiccups in the early goings. We’re not expecting this game to be perfect at the beginning.
Tons of Bug Fix Updates
We expect Bethesda and ZeniMax to issue bug fix updates for the console versions within weeks of the initial release. The game already requires a 15GB day one patch but we’d be surprised if the developer let the game linger on the initial version for an extended period of time.
This is a huge title for these two companies and we expect them to offer high quality support to the thousands of people who commit to the game in the early part of its release. We’ve seen developers like CD Projekt Red issue early patches to address some of the more glaring mistakes and we expect the same from the developers of Elder Scrolls Online.
We’d expect these updates to come in a staggered manner, meaning, we would be surprised if the company issued patches for the Xbox One and PS4 at the same time. Everything depends on testing and the certification process and often times we see one update get clearance before the other.
Do not expect the developer to stop supporting the game anytime soon. The company has said before that it has a five year plan for Elder Scrolls Online so it’s abundantly clear that it’s going to continue tweaking the game to benefit those that have invested their time.
We also expect the developer to continue to add new content to the game as time goes on. We’ve already seen the company release a ton of DLC for the PC version of the game (Craglorn, etc) and we expect the company to push tons of DLC content to the console versions of the game as well.
The company reportedly has a ton of new DLC content planned for the months ahead and players should expect new zones and new quests to trickle out over the course of the next few years. This is an MMO and MMOs are marathons, not sprints. Just take a look at World of Warcraft, a game that’s now 10 years old and still getting fixes and new content.
Elder Scrolls Online Deals
Finally, we do not expect to see a ton of Elder Scrolls Online PS4 & Xbox One deals emerge in and around the actual release date. This is a big game and a popular and we simply can’t see Bethesda or retailers slashing the price on or around June 9th. We’d expect to see some modest price cuts occur weeks maybe even months after the release. This doesn’t mean that we won’t see any deals though.
Best Buy is offering $10 in reward certificates to those in the My Best Buy program that pre-order the game ahead of its release. In addition, Dell’s throwing in a $15 eGift Card with Elder Scrolls Online pre-orders. These aren’t huge deals but they’re deals nonetheless.
Those of you who are expecting the PS4 & Xbox One Elder Scrolls Online to hit the bargain bin in June should probably temper your expectations.