No, this isn’t an April Fool’s Day joke. Zenimax Online Studios has announced that players will be able to jump into the world of The Elder Scrolls Online and play for free from 10:00 a.m. ET on April 1 to April 13. PC players who go through the Steam client, however, can only play for free until April 6. ESO has created this weird situation with different launchers. It’s a whole thing. And if you’re just getting into the game now, you shouldn’t go through Steam anyway – it breaks constantly.
During the ESO free play event, you will be able to play the entire base game for free, enjoy the festivities of the Anniversary Jubilee, and dive into the Dark Heart of Skyrim with the free Greymoor Prologue. You can choose from four of the game’s original classes, explore 23 massive and vastly different zones, and experience the epic storytelling synonymous with The Elder Scrolls games.
To begin your journey in Tamriel, head over to the Free Play page on the Elder Scrolls Online website. If you’ve participated in a previous free play event, you will be able to pick up where you left off.
Go deeper into the world of ESO
The ESO free play event is conveniently timed to line up with the launch of the Greymoor Prologue – also free. The prologue is the start of the Greymoor Chapter, and it continues the year-long Dark Heart of Skyrim adventure that began in The Elder Scrolls Online: Harrowstorm.
To begin the prologue, you need to open the in-game Crown Store and use the free quest starter titled “Prologue Quest: The Coven Conspiracy”. In this prologue, you will team up with the daughter of giants, Lyris Titanborn. Together, you will investigate the emerging threat of the Icereach Coven that is targeting the leadership of Skyrim.
If you enjoy the taste of Tamriel you get from the ESO free play event, you can purchase The Elder Scrolls Online Standard Edition for 60% off and The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr for 70% off from now until April 15 for PC.