The Elder Scrolls Online's Homestead Update Previewed

By Kelly Packard,
There's no place like home — even in an MMO. Soon, every player in The Elder Scrolls Online will be able to have his or her own place to relax and unwind by the fire, thanks to the upcoming free "Homestead" update.

Similar to Skyrim's "Hearthfire" DLC, the game will allow players to create, furnish and maintain their own home. According to Bethesda, there will be over 40 unique homes from which to call home sweet home, inspired by the game's 10 character races. You'll also be starting off small: "After completing the Homestead tutorial quest, you'll be given your first home: a modest room at a local inn" and will be able to branch out from there to more advanced homes. Homes will be be available for purchase with in-game gold or crowns (currency purchased with real money), and down the road there will be a few more exquisite homes that are only available via crowns. If you can so afford it, you're allowed to own multiple homes. Homes are also "instanced," meaning you don't have to worry about the entire world filling up with other players' houses before you can grab your ideal home spot.

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A home is nothing without furnishings, and Bethesda promises there's plenty to do as far as decorating your house is concerned. There will be over "2,000 unique decorative and furniture items," including "tables and chairs, chests, armoires, beds, bars, and counters." You'll also be able to place things on your shelves and tables, which hopefully no one will come and loot like we've doing to poor homeowners in The Elder Scrolls games for over a decade. Fortunately, if you were worried about this, Bethesda has confirmed that homes are completely secure and no one that you haven't approved will be able to access your house. Furnishings can be homemade using your existing crafting skills, purchased with gold via in-game merchants or purchased with crowns. There will also be rarities to the items; some may only be available from a merchant for a limited period of time and will be rotated out with other goods later.

There will also be special in-game quests accompanying the update. Completing these challenges will earn you a displayable trophy that can be placed in your homestead "as proof of your victories against some of Tamriel's most difficult challenges."

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A handful of information that might answer some of players' other questions has also been released:

  • Houses are instanced, so you don't have to worry about racing to grab the perfect spot of land
  • Furniture you create via Furniture Crafting can be sold to other players
  • You will be able to preview homes before you purchase, both furnished and unfurnished
  • You will be able to allow friends and guildmates to visit your home; they can travel to your home via the group, friends, or guild lists while you're in it, or by selecting “Visit House" by clicking on your name in those same lists when you're offline
  • You can grant trusted friends permission to decorate existing placed items in your home (they cannot add or remove items from your home)
  • You can also allow those who are not on your friends list or in your guilds to visit and/or decorate your home by adding them as a “Visitor" or “Decorator" in your House Settings
  • You'll be able to conveniently fast travel to your homes via the World Map, similar to how Wayshrines currently work (but cost free), as well as directly via the Collections menu
  • You can allow visitors into your new home – a visiting player simply needs to teleport to you
  • Homes are secure – other players are not able to break into homes and steal items. Sorry, Thieves Guild!
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While the "Homestead" update isn't scheduled to launch until sometime in February 2017, Bethesda has promised we'll be able to see more details along the way.

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Kelly Packard
Written by Kelly Packard
In a few descriptors: college student, longtime gamer, writer and junk food enthusiast. I contribute to TrueAchievements as a news writer and reviewer. Usually, you can find me knee-deep in a multiplayer game while ignoring my growing backlog or on one forum or another discussing all things gaming.