Looking For a Bargain in ESO
My recent return to The Elder Scrolls Online has been an enjoyable experience. Like STO, it has taken three attempts for the game to chime with me but this time round, everything has fallen into place. I have managed to install just the right number of add-ons to enhance my experience. I’ve also discovered a class which suits my play style and am currently pursuing a specific build. The quest stories are well written and involving which means I don’t feel like I’m simply undertaking arbitrary tasks for XP. Overall ESO seems to be in a much better place than it was upon its launch in early 2014. Because my progress through the game is going well, I’m considering my options with regard to DLC. I bought the digital collector’s upgrade edition of the Morrowind expansion for £17.99 which is a competitive price. However, I’m interested in the Dark Brotherhood story line because I enjoyed it in Skyrim, so I’ve been trying to find a similar bargain.
At present, ZeniMax have a deal on the Guilds and Glory Mega Pack DLC in the Crown store. This contains Dark Brotherhood, Imperial City, Orsinium and the Thieves Guild and costs 5,500 Crowns (£29.99). At first glance this looks like an adequate discount as individual DLC usually costs between 2,000 and 4,500 Crowns. However, if you shop around and check some of the game key websites, you can find the Gold Edition of ESO, which contains the base game and the above four DLC for £16.06 which is nearly half the price. This naturally is a better option for both an existing or a new player. The latter get’s the benefits of a 500 Crowns, although that won’t buy much at present prices. Then of course there is the option to buy neither of these “bundles” and to subscribed to ESO Plus which will unlock all current DLC. However, access to all new content is dependent on remaining a ESO Plus member, which doesn’t suit everyone.
Furthermore, it would appear that pre-paid subscription cards for ESO have been withdrawn since the changes in the games business model in 2015. There may still be some residual stock in circulation, although whether they still work or not remains to be seen. In the US Gamestop sell six-month ESO Plus time cards that come with a crate allowance. These are purchased online and provide a redeemable code. These are not however available in Europe. Therefore, I’d advise caution to anyone searching through the third-party websites that sell CD keys and game consumables. Ensure that any pre-paid cards are not those for older versions of ESO. Unless the product directly references ESO Plus, then the cards in question are more than likely obsolete.
As ESO is a buy-to-play game, the selling of additional DLC, expansions and cosmetics is the primary source of revenue. ESO Plus offers a further line of capital, although have no data as to how popular the subscription is. Therefore, it is logical that the developers ZeniMax will endeavour to control prices of all their products. Naturally there are sales and discounts to be had from time-to -time, to encourage player spending. But beyond these there is not a lot of scope to obtain a “bargain” for ESO, outside of official channels. Apart from seeking a deal on the Gold or Imperial Editions of the base game, along with the Morrowind Expansion, players are at the mercy of the in-game store prices. However, I do not find the existing business model for ESO to be too egregious and I’m certainly getting a lot value from my initial expenditure at the moment. So, for the present, the cost of playing ESO is seems equitable. Let’s hope it remains that way.