This week, Xbox Live Gold members can dive into Tamriel for free starting on Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. EST to Sunday at 11:50 p.m. EST. The Free Play Weekend event announced by Xbox Wire will let players new and old play The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited uninhibited for five days.
The free weekend is also offering new accounts 500 crowns, a currency spent in their cash shop called the Crown Store. If you like the game enough, it'll be on sale for the five-day event although the cost hasn't been announced yet. Currently, the standard retail price on Microsoft Store is half of its original at $29.99 USD.
Furthermore, Bethesda is pulling out all the stops to get players to join their MMO. If you play The Elder Scrolls Online between October 5, 2016 and December 16, 2016, you'll also be able to enter a drawing for a "trip of a lifetime" by filling out this online form. Five winners will be able to bring a guest to locations similar to in-game destinations: an African Safari, the Swiss Alps, Machu Picchu, Morocco, and New Zealand.
The Elder Scrolls Online originally had a rocky start but ever since its large One Tamriel update, the game has been rejuvenated with a steady player base and continuous content releases. If you haven't played it since launch, this weekend might be your chance to rediscover a love of Tamriel or at the very least, get some cool digital swag. However, the game is a whopping 80GB so make sure you clear your hard drive space before you clear your calendar.