The Elder Scrolls Online is free-to-play until April 26

The Elder Scrolls Online, ZeniMax Online Studios’ massively multiplayer version of the fantasy world of Bethesda, is free-to-play for the next week. Players can experience the base game more of their own well seen Morrowind DLC anytime between now and April 26th.

The free trial lets you try out four different classes and gives you access to Battlegrounds and Alliance War PvP. You can explore all zones from the base game, Skyrim, Hammerfell etc, plus the island of Vvadernfell from Morrowind, added in the expansion.

The test is also run alongside various discounts for TESO and its expansions. Currently, the standard edition of the base game can be purchased at 70% off for £4.49. Alternatively, you can get The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood, which comes in the base game along with all the major expansions – Morrowind, Summerset, Elsweyr, Greymoor and Blackwood – at 67% off for £14.18.

All this comes in anticipation of TESO’s next expansion High Island. Launching in June, High Isle will take players to the Systres archipelago, a new location that has never been portrayed by any previous Elder Scrolls game. Here, players will have the chance to experience the tradition and culture of the Britons, who tend to remain on the sidelines throughout the series.

I haven’t played The Elder Scrolls Online since it came out in 2014. At the time I found it disappointing, but it’s supposedly improved a lot over the past eight years. checking this a little over a year ago, MJ Guthrie said that “the difference between 2014 and now is staggering. There’s a lot to do, and you’re not stuck in a single path. People who enter now will find a huge number of caves, dungeons , and story arcs to occupy your time, as well as crafting, PvP, housing, collections, and different types of treasure hunting.”

So if like me you ruled out Bethesda’s MMO at launch, now would be an opportune time to take a second look. You can find the free trial more on Steamwhile the various discounts are listed on the Steam page.

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