The Elder Scrolls Online Has an Imperial Collector’s Edition

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Digging through my email backlog from last week, I stumbled upon another special edition announcement you’ll probably want to hear about. (If you haven’t already, which I’m sure you have by now, but here goes anyway!)

Bethesda Softworks has put together a classy Imperial Edition box set for the April 4th PC/Mac launch of The Elder Scrolls Online. (PS4 and Xbox One versions are coming in June, but whether or not console MMORPG-ers will get the Imperial treatment has not been confirmed.) You can pre-order it right now in two formats: there’s a digital version from The Elder Scrolls Online Store for $79.99 containing in-game content perks, and there’s a full physical version available at participating retailers for $99.99 offering those same digital items plus a number of other goodies, such as a statue, an illustrated guide book, and a printed world map.

The Elder Scrolls Online Physical Imperial Edition contains the following:

• Molag Bal Statue. A 12” statue featuring Molag Bal, Daedric Prince of domination and enslavement.

• The Improved Emperor’s Guide to Tamriel. A 224-page illustrated guide annotated by the Imperial scholar, Flaccus Terentius.

• Physical Map of Tamriel. A 21” x 26” printed map detailing Alliance-controlled zones and the ultimate conquest: Cyrodiil.

• Steelbook™ Packaging. A limited edition steel case decorated in the color of the Imperials.

• Exclusive Collection of Digital Content.
◦ Play as an Imperial: Become an Imperial and play in any Alliance. Gain unique bonuses, crafting styles, gear, and more.
◦ White Imperial Horse: Summon this Imperial mount and journey through Tamriel with speed.
◦ Mudcrab Vanity Pet: Explore Tamriel with a mudcrab pet scuttling along by your side.
◦ Rings of Mara: Complete the Ritual of Mara with a friend and receive an experience bonus when you play together.

Those four pieces of digital content at the end are what come included with the digital Imperial Edition, just to be clear. There’s also an additional Explorer’s Pack bonus for pre-ordering any version of the game. It will come with a Scuttler vanity pet, four bonus treasure maps, and the ability to play as any of the nine races in any Alliance.

But hey, if neither Imperial Edition floats your boat (they are a pricey upgrade on top of a game that’s going to require a $15/month subscription) there’s always the vanilla standard edition for $59.99. Or you can always just wait it out until the game inevitably goes free-to-play or adjusts its pricing model like every other MMORPG. You’ve got plenty of options.

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