Elder Scrolls Online offers free-to-play Welcome Back Weekend

Elder Scrolls fans rejoice for a weekend of all-access RPG action! Bethesda‘s ESO MMO was officially released this time last year, and after a series of patches, bug fixes, and server updates the game will be free to play April 16-20.

Take a stroll through Tamriel unbridled by fees or the fear your character may disappear, because you can use the same one you created a year ago (or start fresh if that’s your bag).

There are still three factions, the Ebonheart Pact, Aldmeri Dominion, and Daggerfall Covenant to participate in, in the event you want to park your tuckus and find a family online. Like preceding Elder Scrolls games, there is a political-moral struggle between the ranks of the more serious players, so I’d advise you to do a little research before you jump into the game. If you’d rather just try ESO out to see if it it’s worth the subscription fee, this would be the weekend to do it.

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via Tamriel Foundry

If you’re new to the realm, know that you only have four options in the way of classes, unlike Oblivion or Skyrim. They are the Dragon Knight, Templar, Sorcerer, and Knightblade. Having played Elder Scrolls IV and V (the aforementioned), I’ve created a number of characters–equipped with their own original personalities–who filled the role of tank or healer, so you may see a crazy little Argonian alternating between throwing on the occasional magic shield and whacking beasties with a staff. Don’t be alarmed, I tend to disappear into the nearest body of murky water for downtime, and to give you a break.

I’ll give you one last bit of advice before I’m off to find my external drive with all the save-game files: While characters descend upon the servers, beware of the dreaded lag! Maybe try to play in the wee hours of the morning or in the dead of night. Bethesda taunted players to come flood the servers after the original release of the game, but you never know with ESO.

All right. It’s time for me to work on my keyboard shortcuts so, I’ll see you online!

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