ZeniMax Online Studios just held a free Elder Scrolls Online weekend to entice both new and old players to engage with their MMO. It's a clever marketing strategy, especially with the release date of the PS4 and XBOX One editions around the corner. But the question is whether it was effective at persuading players to return to this MMO, or pay the full price to play it on its new release date, or now on PC.
I engaged with ESO in its infancy and found myself wanting. It gave me a similar feeling to that of Destiny (though Destiny was by far, the more addictive game), in that I saw so much potential for this game, but also the serious amount of issues that plagued it and held it back from greatness. Destiny should have been amazing with the developer Bungie attached to it, and ESO should have been amazing with the land of the Elder Scrolls gifted to it.
Sadly, neither of them lived up to expectations, and Destiny is still limping along, insulting its most dedicated players. But what about ESO? Is it now worth buying on the Xbox One, PS4 or PC? Has the free weekend enticed new players into returning? Let's take a look!
The Free Weekend & What It Did For Elder Scrolls Online
The Elder Scrolls Online free weekend brought a lot of new players to this MMO, as you can see with the posts covering the ESO reddit page. A lot of people are now wondering whether they should continue with their character on to a full purchase of the game and I don't blame them. Elder Scrolls Online has changed since I played it last.
Seeing as I played ESO when it originally came out, ZeniMax Online have put in a great deal of work into addressing the issues that so many gamers had with the MMO. You need only check out Angry Joe's review to see how much this game has evolved since its initial release date. With the improvements to combat, bugs, glitches, chats, factions and crashes, ESO feels very different right now.
And you know what? It has actually made me consider the Xbox One and PS4 version of the game. I want to see how his runs on current gen consoles, because it's certainly an improved game. However, the quests and over-arching story still leave a great deal to be desired. But if you like MMOs, and have yet to try Elder Scrolls Online, it is now in a state worth trying.
If ESO has the power to bring back a player that stopped playing out of frustration and boredom, then it can certainly engage new comers. You can see that players had a great deal of fun with Elder Scrolls Online over this free weekend. Therefore, I think its been a pretty successful weekend for ZeniMax. But what about you guys?
Did you engage with The Elder Scrolls Online's free weekend? Do you notice the changes to the MMO or have you tried it for the first time? Are you interested in picking it up on the release date of the Xbox One and PS4 editions? Let us know in the comments!