Update 6/20/14: ESO is now released! The original Head Start discount is over, but the discounts are getting even better. The best ESO discounts found here.
Take a seat, Dovahkiin – the new Elder Scrolls MMO The Elder Scrolls Online launches Friday, April 4th. Don’t let the release date fool you: if you pre-order the upgraded Imperial Edition, you’ll get a 5-day head start and enter Tamriel on Sunday, March 31st (as early as 7AM ET, or 4AM PT).
That Imperial Edition typically runs a whopping $79.99, but if you pre-order from below, you can use a limited time 20% off coupon code and snag up to $16 in savings:
Use coupon code:
- Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition is $53.59 (normally $79.99)
- Elder Scrolls Online Standard Edition is $40.10 (normally $59.99)
The new discounts at GameStop will run through Monday, June 2nd.
- 5 or 3 day head start (depending on which Edition you buy)
- Explorer Pack – allows you to play any race in any alliance
- (post release, races will be faction locked)
- Scuttler vanity pet
Update 3/30: The game is now live! There’s a bunch of pre-launch streams of Twitch if you want to get a feel for the game.
Imperial Edition vs. Standard Edition
Hesitant to shill out the extra cash for the Imperial Edition? Very understandable, especially if you’re not familiar with the differences. First off, pre-ordering the Standard will still get you a head start, but only 3 days instead of 5 (starting Tuesday, April 1st). Even if the two day difference alone is enough incentive only for the hardcore, there are several other included bonuses that make the Imperial Edition a more attractive purchase for the Elder Scrolls diehard:
- All Standard Edition bonuses
- 5 day head start
- Play as the Imperial race – controversially left out of the Standard Edition
- Ability to craft Imperial Gear
- Ability to transform into Imperial Gear
- Imperial White Horse – exclusive mount with increased speed.
- Rings of Mara – XP bonus when you play together with a friend after you complete the Ritual of Mara
- Mudcrab vanity pet – ’nuff said.