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'The Elder Scrolls Online' bot, spam and subscription extension detailed

'The Elder Scrolls Online' combat
'The Elder Scrolls Online' combat
Photo courtesy of Bethesda Softworks, used with permission

Matt Frior has some good news to share in regards to "The Elder Scrolls Online" players. According to a report from Just Push Start on May 3, the game director at Zenimax Online revealed that early adopters will be receiving an extension for the initial subscription period for the massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Instead of 30 days, players are going to get an additional five days before having to pay a monthly fee.

The extension was implemented due to several severe launch issues in "The Elder Scrolls Online." Matt Frior admitted that the software product suffered from quests that weren't synced up as well as a glitch that causes the bank slot to disappear. Furthermore, Zenimax Online is still dealing with bots and spammers. All of these issues caused the company to take down the servers, costing early adopters to lose chunks of their initial subscription period.

To compensate, the development team decided to give players five more days. To be eligible, an active account must be set up before the 8 p.m. EDT deadline on May 1. After the initial subscription period that came with the purchase of the game ends, players have to pay $14.99 a month. The monthly fee can be reduced by purchasing a three-month option for $13.99 a month or a six-month subscription at $12.99 per month.

Despite the initial problems, Zenimax Online promised that weekly updates will be applied to "The Elder Scrolls Online." In addition to fixing the issues, the new patches also add new contents to the world. For example, the first major patch comes with an adventure zone called Craglorn in addition to a new Trails feature.

"The Elder Scrolls Online" was released for the PC and Mac on April 8, so all players who registered an account before May 1 should be eligible for the extension. The same title is also coming out next month for the PS4 and Xbox One, which may bring new challenges to Zenimax Online. An image showing gameplay of the multiplatform video game from the official Facebook page of the product can be seen with the screen near the top of this article.