The Elder Scrolls Online has been given a Mature age rating by US regulators ESRB for “Blood and gore, sexual themes, use of alcohol and violence”.
Developers Bethesda admitted on their Facebook page that the rating was harsher than they had been expecting, but they don’t intend to challenge the rating or cut any content in the hopes of getting a lower age recommendation.
What Else Is Known about the Game: The Important Facts
The Release Dates: The game will be released on 4th April for PC and Mac players, and sometime in June for console players.
The Cost: The game will be $60 in America, which converts to around £35 in the UK. However, players will also be required to pay a subscription fee of $14.99 a month (just under £10 as a direct conversion). Developers have cited the “huge intellectual property” behind the game as the reason why there is no Free to Play option. The original game price includes a month’s game time.
The Playable Races: Player characters can be Altmer (High Elves), Argonian (Lizard People), Bosmer (Wood Elves), Breton (Humans of Elven Bloodlines), Dunmer (Dark Elves), Khajiit (Cat people), Nord (Northen Humans), Orsimer (Orcs), and Redguard (Desert dwelling Humans). As in previous games, each race has its own benefits and disadvantages.
The Playable Classes: There are four playable classes – Dragonknight, Sorcerer, Templar or Nightblade. All will have access to the same weapons, but will have differing skillsets. So far, the classes look like they can be clearly simplified as Dragonknight and Templar being Warrior classes, Sorcerer being the Mage class, and Nightblade being the rogue. It would also appear that each of the classes has three branches of skillsets that can alter their fighting style and tactics.
The Game’s Timeline: The Elder Scrolls Online is a prequel set a millennium before the events of Skyrim, with the main conflict provided by the chaotic reign of Prince Molag Bal, causing the people of Tamriel to form three factions in the hopes of overthrowing the Prince. The player’s faction will depend on the race they choose to play as. Players can play solo, or create a party to combat more enemies. Players can also fight for control of Cyrodiil, the central province of Tamriel, and the only province not aligned with a faction in PvP combat.
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