INFOGRAPHIC: Fascinating facts about The Elder Scrolls Online

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The Elder Scrolls Online (TESO) finally opens to the public today for Mac and PC players, and Zenimax/Bethesda has created a fascinating infographic detailing some of the game’s statistics, as well as that of the team that made it. For instance, did you know that the Zenimax Online Team consumed over 160 000 cups of coffee in the making of the game between 2011 and now? That’s a lotta caffeine.

TESO is an online-only version of the world of Tamriel, where you’ll finally be able to adventure with friends and strangers alike through the land’s dangerous but intriguing territories, fighting iconic enemies like daedra, mudcrabs and the occasional wild bear. It’s a bit like Skyrim, but with other people, and enough new flourishes that it’s not simply “Skyrim but online”.

Don’t have it yet? You can grab the TESO standard edition from BTGames for R579, or order it online from the official Elder Scrolls Online site. A word of caution about the download-only version, though: you’ll need to pull down over 30GB of data before you can play, so perhaps it’s best to consider the disc-based version of the game instead if your internet connection isn’t up to the task. You should also bear in mind that this is a traditional MMO that charges a monthly fee of $15 (R160 or so) to play, and you only get 30 days of playtime with your initial purchase, so be prepared to get out the credit card to continue having fun.

While TESO is coming to next generation consoles, take note that the PS4 and Xbox One versions of The Elder Scrolls Online are only due out in June of this year, so you’ll have to wait a little longer. Sorry!

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Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.