Since the announcement of The Elder Scrolls Online’s (TESO) Imperial Edition this week some players have been up in arms over some of the exclusive content. Not the least of which is the option to play as an Imperial for any faction. Other questions soon followed about the possible imbalance of the skills and crafting abilities exclusive to the Imperial Edition. And that’s one of the many questions addressed during the latest round of community questions fielded by the Zenimax team.

Do people who order the Imperial Edition gain a big gameplay advantage over those who don’t? – Sven Denteu

No. With the Imperial Edition you get the opportunity to play as a rogue Imperial who has broken from their Daedra worshipping ways, and you get a unique racial skill line of equal gameplay impact to other races’ unique racial skill lines. As an Imperial you also get a mount and the automatic ability to craft items into the Imperial style. All non-Imperial races can also learn this ability after locating the corresponding racial motif. Imperials do not begin the game in a unique starting location or via a separate quest, but they can start in any alliance as befits their status as un-aligned outcasts of their own Province. Being an Imperial includes a racial skill line that offers unique gameplay opportunities, but there is not an overall gameplay advantage. It is an opportunity to set yourself visually apart in the lands of Tamriel.

Gameplay benefits within this edition have been designed to avoid bestowing unfair advantages over players who do not purchase this special edition. This is cool content designed for some of our biggest fans who wish to have something different from other collector’s editions in the market. The only other alternative would have been to offer a collector’s edition that offers no in-game items whatsoever. That simply didn’t seem fair to fans who are excited about the game and want some special digital items.

Along with that answer, Zenimax also fielded questions on companions, cross-region play, the NPC guilds, and several more. And if you want to see just what's inside that Imperial Edition box, take a look at the new video below.

TESO is scheduled to launch on PC and Mac on April 4th, 2014.

Source: TESO AUA Variety Pack 12

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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016

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