Time for a game of good news/bad news. First The Elder Scrolls Online is sending out invites for a closed beta on consoles ahead of it's June 9th release. So, yay. That starts tomorrow, with invites going out today.
Now the bad news. The game's so big it won't fit on a single Blu-ray. So when the game is released, the rest of it will be arriving via "a large day-one patch somewhere in the region of 15GB". Less yay then.
Here's Bethesda's official word on that:
With the console beta just around the corner, we're sure everyone is interested to know the size of the game client in order to get your hard drives ready. ESOTU is an incredibly massive game, both in terms of sheer scope and the data required to bring you this truly enormous experience. At the moment, the client will exceed a 50GB Blu-ray disc which means there will also be a large day-one patch that is somewhere in the region of 15GB.
So, depending on your internets you might not get much fun from TESO on day one. Not unless you really enjoy watching progress bars.
As for the beta, that will start tomorrow, Thursday April the 23rd, and run until Monday April the 27th. You'll have to have signed up previously to get an invite, although that doesn't guarantee you'll actually receive one. There's no NDA in place either so everyone who gets a go is free to stream to their heart's content. If you do get in you'll have "access to the full console version of the game, not a slimmed down version". Which, if the size estimate for the game is true, would make the beta a chunky old 65GB download.
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