Closed Beta events have finally started. The first wave of invitations have already been sent. Theoretically everybody will have a chance to participate and help improve the game. If you are lucky enough to be selected for BETA testing you will be among the first to enter the world of Elder Scrolls Online. It is a great honor and a great responsibility, but requires you do your best to ultimately improve the game.
Errors and Bugs
Error: Attempted to create character with invalid race or alliance.
It may occur sometimes. I could overcome it by shutting down the game and taking a small break. It is unknown why this Error may occur.
My account name is everywhere on the screen when I am playing. Is there any way to fix this?
This is not a bug. It’s a special protection created by ZeniMax to avoid beta leaks. There is an NDA and testers are not allowed to publish screenshots, videos and other content from the beta. This protection helps to find out who was the author of the video or screenshot and ban him.
Where to report bugs?
You can do it right in the game by typing a special command. If I am not mistaken the command looks like /bug If it doesn’t work you can ask other players in the game and they will help you with it.
Useful Beta Guides
Where to sign up for Beta?
Here is a link to the official page where you can find the sign-up form: Sign up now! Quote from the official ESO website:
"You can now officially sign up for The Elder Scrolls Online beta program starting today.
If selected, you will be one of the first people to embark upon the newest Elder Scrolls adventure, and help us beta test The Elder Scrolls Online. Please be aware that this is just beta sign-ups. Once our first beta test begins, we’ll make sure everyone knows—watch our official website, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter for an announcement about the first round of invites."
The sign-up process is not difficult. All you need to do is follow the link above and fill in the sign-up form. You will be asked to write some Personal Information and describe your gaming experience. After you click “Complete Beta Application” a confirmation email should be sent to your inbox. This e-mail is important because it confirms that your data was successfully received by the ESO team.Note: The “System Profile” field is for PC/Mac owners only. If you want to participate in testing for consoles – skip this field. Read more here.
Some people have faced problems during the Beta sign-up process, and have been left unsure about whether their application was received. The easiest way to check your current status is to find the confirmation e-mail.
Sender: Elder Scrolls Online Beta Signup
Subject: The Elder Scrolls Online Beta
If you received the confirmation e-mail you're in good shape. Your data was received and your name is in the database. All you need to do now is to wait (and pray) for the invitation.
If you don't see the confirmation e-mail in your Inbox please check your spam folder. If you can't find it there than try to search by subject: “The Elder Scrolls Online Beta” or by sender “email@example.com”. If this does not help and you still can't find the confirmation e-mail try to sign up once more.
Send your application until the confirmation e-mail arrives. If you're still having difficulties try to use a different e-mail address. But Do not send multiple applications if you received the confirmation, this won't improve your chances of getting into the BETA.
As you probably know, Elder Scrolls Online will also be available for consoles. Thus the question of BETA testing for console owners is also important. We will now outline the information about how to sign up for console BETA.
Every console owner can take part in ESO BETA testing. There are 2 separate groups of testers: PC/Mac and Console. It must be noted that the two versions of the game are not connected and there will be separate servers for these platforms on release. All you need to participate in the console BETA is to complete the sign-up form at the official website of the game. Ignore “System Profile” field (this field is required for PC / Mac owners) and mention that you are an owner of PlayStation 4 or Xbox One in “Extra” field. The PC beta version of the game will not work with consoles, so you will be given a special version of the game. Other rules and procedures of BETA testing for console owners are the same.
Elder Scrolls Online will be released for PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Other platforms can not participate in testing.
Now that Beta has started and more and more scam offers will appear. If you do not want to become victim read How to avoid BETA key scam?
Note: our website does not offer beta-keys. We just provide information.
What is the testing period?
It is a special period before the release when a restricted group of players have access to the game. They play a lot, and make bug reports if any errors are found. People in this group are the first who will see the real game.
How do I participate in BETA testing?
How do I get an Elder Scrolls Online BETA account?
You need to sign up first. Here is a link where you can find the sign-up form: Sign up now! If you are well motivated and have experience you are welcome. Everybody has a chance to join.
Please, add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book in order not to miss any information.
What are the requirements for taking part?
You must be at least 18 years old. This is the only requirement. Just sign up and fill all required information. Be patient as there will be many beta events and developers will decide when to invite you.
How does my hardware influences the chance to be selected?
It's important to remember that it does not matter what hardware you have. In order to properly test the game it needs to be tested on different PCs . So don't worry you don't need to upgrade your PC to take part.
How do I find out whether I am selected or not?
You will receive an e-mail from email@example.com. There will be many different events and you will receive e-mails with a notification each time you are selected for the event. Just understand that developers are not planning to invite all people in each event. They will be selecting participants for every event according to their needs. For instance they may reach a point when they need to test how the server handles large amounts of traffic and so would invite a lot of people.
I have successfully signed-up. What are my chances?
It's difficult to say as it is up to the developers requirements and may simply come down to luck, however, developers have said in their official podcast that they will try to involve as many people as possible.
Will there be open beta? Yes. It will take place but after the Closed BETA.
When will the Open BETA start?
The game is set to be released in Spring 2014, so we expect the Open BETA to be sometime at the beginning of next year (around several months before release)
Some words about game developers and the necessity of a BETA period.
We realise that there are some fans who are reluctant to trust the team of Zeni-Max Online with the franchise and are worried about ESO not feeling like an Elder Scrolls game. What many don't realise is that Zeni-Max Online is a sister of Bethesda (they have the same owner), and, one of their main points is that they aim to bridge the gap between elder scrolls and an MMO, so it should still feel very much like an Elder scrolls game. So for all you TES fans out there who worry about how it will come out, rest assured that the people at ZeniMax Online will do a great job at adapting TES into an MMORPG.
Anyway the game must be tested by real players, and if you're lucky enough to be chosen you have a chance to be beneficial in the development of ESO. You can use your in-game experience to help make ESO better. Only real people can help to find and identify gameplay issues and bugs. The gameplay itself isn't the only issue and there are many areas which need BETA testing to confirm they function smoothly. Accounts and servers also require a lot of attention, in-fact, many of the first BETA's a game runs are to check if there account creation and login systems work properly .
It's through BETA testing, and the feedback that players give to ZeniMax, which will improve the functionality and general gameplay so that on release there aren't any major bugs (we hope).
Beta Testing was reviewed by Elderscrollsonline.info and earned a 9.9/10 rating.
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