The Elder Scrolls Online has attracted 3 million beta applications

Thursday, 22nd August 2013 07:04 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Zenimax Online has recorded very high interest in The Elder Scrolls Online’s closed beta testing.

“We’ve had well over 3 million beta sign-ups, which we haven’t announced before,” Bethesda’s Matt Firor told PCGamesN.

PCGamesN compared the astounding beta interest to Guild Wars 2′s sales of 2 million; it’s also worth noting that reigning MMORPG champion World of Warcraft peaked out subscriber numbers at 12 million, and currently holds about 7 million.

As for how many are already in testing, Firor dropped a vague ballpark figure.

“You don’t want to let too many people in early, because the game is, frankly, not too good in early beta and you don’t want to expose many people to that, but we’re well into the tens of thousands.”

The Elder Scrolls Online, or TESO as we fondly refer to it over tea and biscuits, is coming to Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2014. It will require a monthly subscription.



  1. Aullah

    And 10 of those are mine :D

    #1 1 year ago
  2. GwynbleiddiuM

    Well, This and WildStar definitely are the deciding factors on the future MMO business models. Two triple A titles with sub. Just curios, are they gonna be sub-base on consoles too? Since I doubt console crowd want to add to their subscription as they already have to pay for online play as part of XBL and PS+.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. TheWulf

    I suspect that if people could opt-out, those numbers would dwindle quickly. Making a big, public fuss about how many beta signups right after a very negative backlash to their news of it being a subscription-based game (on every site I’ve read)… well, that doesn’t sound like damage control at all, now does it?

    I’m just amazed by how desperate this is. It looks bad. They would have been better off waiting a month before releasing this, as it is it just looks like a kneejerk reaction to the subscription thing. And hoping beyond hope that people will be too stupid to realise that the vast numbers who signed up for this did so before they knew it was a subscription-based game. Which may or may not work.

    Personally, I’d like to hope that people are smarter than that and they’ll realise what’s going on, here. But sometimes I do wonder.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. KineticCalvaria

    @2, As far as I know they’re also sub based on console, but if you are paying a sub to play other games on PS4 and X1 anyway, then what difference does it make? The Live/PS+ sub isn’t just for TESO.

    Still don’t intend on playing this though, it looks very clunky. The only MMO I want on console is GW2.

    #4 1 year ago

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