Bethesda celebrates a new chapter of content for its MMO by letting us play the game for free for a few days.
Very few massively-multiplayer online games manage to succeed while still charging for the game and new content. World of Warcraft remains the gold standard, but The Elder Scrolls Online continues to do well. In November last year, Bethesda celebrated reaching 10 million players with a free weekend. Now a longer free play period is being offered.
Until March 27, The Elder Scrolls Online is free to play across PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The reason for Bethesda’s generosity this time is the announcement of a new chapter of content for the game called Summerset.
Summerset introduces a whole new zone to the game called Summerset Isle. It includes an “epic main story quest,” allows you to join the Psijic Order, learn a new Psijic Order combat Skill Line, a new Jewelry Crafting Skill Line, and partake in a new 12-player Cloudrest Trial. There’s also new group PvE challenges, including the Abyssal Geysers.
The Summerset expansion won’t be available until May 21 on PC and June 5 on PS4 and Xbox One in several standard, digital, and collector’s editions. However, Bethesda is making a Summerset prologue quest available right now, which everyone can play for free as part of the free play offer.
Visit the Play For Free page to gain access to the game on PS4, Xbox One, through Steam, or directly from Bethesda’s site. Then enjoy the online world without charge until March 27. After that, the game is available in limited form to play without a subscription, but you have to buy the game and any expansion packs you want. There’s a subscription option costing $14.99 per month, but that can drop to $12.99 if you opt to subscribe for six months.