GamesBeat

The Elder Scrolls Online: Imperial Edition is selling 5X better than standard, according to deal site

Above: The Elder Scrolls Online: Imperial Edition for PC.

Image Credit: Bethesda

Publishers love selling expensive special editions of their games because you love buying them.

The Elder Scrolls Online is a good example. At least one online retailer is finding that players are heavily favoring that upcoming massively multiplayer online title’s $80 Imperial Edition. Preorders for that version are about five times higher than they are for standard version of The Elder Scrolls Online.

The MMO role-playing game is due out April 4 for PC and Mac. It will follow in June for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Dealzon, a deal-aggregation site (full disclosure: Dealzon is a GamesBeat sponsor), has informed GamesBeat that it has helped facilitate the sales of around 1,500 digital copies of The Elder Scrolls Online from Jan. 29 through Feb. 2. Of that total, more than 1,250 were the Imperial Edition while only 275 were the standard. That’s a 4.6-to-1 ratio.

Here’s an infographic that illustrates the difference in sales between the two versions of The Elder Scrolls Online through Dealzon:

The Elder Scrolls Online's early sales through Dealzon.

Above: The Elder Scrolls Online’s early sales through Dealzon.

Image Credit: Dealzon

We’ve reached out to The Elder Scrolls Online publisher Bethesda to see if this is a far-reaching trend. We’ll update this story with any new information.

Dealzon’s numbers only cover the digital PC copies. Bethesda is also selling standard and deluxe editions in physical forms for PC as well as Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It’s possible that those versions aren’t following the same trajectory as the digital PC releases.

As for the direct comparison of the digital Imperial Edition and the digital standard release for PC, the limited package is pulling in a lot more cash for Bethesda.

Players that purchase the Imperial Edition get a number of benefits compared to the basic game. For example, Imperial Edition owners can start playing the game on March 30. Other players that preorder The Elder Scrolls Online must wait until April 1. The Imperial Edition also includes the playable Imperial race as an exclusive.

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
More information:

Bethesda Game Studios is an American in-house development team at Bethesda Softworks established in 2001. Previously synonymous with parent publisher Bethesda Softworks, the studio's name and logo were established with the release of T... read more »

Bethesda Softworks, a division of ZeniMax Media Inc, founded in 1986, has a long history of success as a developer and publisher of award-winning video games for PCs, Sony’s PlayStation®, PlayStation® 2, and Microsoft’s Xbox®, a... read more »

Dealzon.com - They help find you the best deal and price on laptops, video games, and electronics. And they do all of this while eating unhealthy amounts of pizza.... read more »

Powered by VBProfiles


Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 2.00.11 PMGamesBeat 2014 — VentureBeat’s sixth annual event on disruption in the video game market — is coming up on Sept 15-16 in San Francisco. Purchase your ticket now to save $200!
0 comments

GamesBeat is your source for gaming news and reviews. But it's also home to the best articles from gamers, developers, and other folks outside of the traditional press. Register or log in to join our community of writers. You can even make a few bucks publishing stories here! Learn more.

You are now an esteemed member of the GamesBeat community. That means you can comment on stories or post your own to GB Unfiltered (look for the "New Post" link by mousing over your name in the red bar up top). But first, why don't you fill out your via your ?

About GamesBeat