Margin Makers: Guide to Elder Scrolls merchandise

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Bethesda's fantasy RPG series made its MMO debut on PC last year. This month, Elder Scrolls Online comes to consoles. MCV looks at the latest merchandise for the franchise

With a history stretching back more than two decades, the real-life legacy of Bethesda's fantasy Elder Scrolls IP has become as epic as the virtual worlds its games inhabit.

The series' fifth instalment and biggest entry to date, Skyrim, has now sold more than 20 million copies since its release in 2011. This makes the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC title one of the 20 best-selling games of all time. It also means that Skyrim comprises half of the 40 million franchise sales of the entire Elder Scrolls series.

The franchise's RPG gameplay and expansive environments were channelled into an MMO, The Elder Scrolls Online. Released last year, the subscription-based game achieved more than 230,000 simultaneous PC players during its first 24 hours on Steam.

Market tracker SuperData Research additionally estimated that the game had in excess of 772,000 paying monthly subscribers as of June 2014.

The title transitioned to become a free-to-play offering in March, adding an in-game shop complete with real-money transactions in lieu of its previous subscription model.

After much delay, the long-awaited PS4 and Xbox One versions of the title, dubbed The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, will go on sale in June. As well as the removal of the subscription requirement, the console editions boast a completely redesigned user interface, voice chat and full PlayStation Network and Xbox Live integration, as well as other new features.

With the new changes and additions set to bring a brand new audience to the world of Tamriel – as well as tempting lapsed adventurers back in – retailers should be looking to stock up on Elder Scrolls merchandise in time for ESO's launch.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tales of Tamriel Vol 1: The Land

Designed to bring The Elder Scrolls Online's immersive world of Tamriel into reality, this hardback publication features a hoard of texts taken from the game, expanding the history and lore of the fantasy domain. The book also showcases almost 100 exclusive and originally-commissioned artworks.

SRP: 29.99

Manufacturer: Titan Books

Distributor: Titan Books

Contact: sales@titanemail.com

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - The Skyrim Library, Vol. I: The Histories

For the first time, the collected texts from the best-selling title in the Elder Scrolls series, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, have been collated together. The texts are spread across three lavishly-illustrated volumes, the first of which addresses and deepens the lore of the region of Tamriel – the same world in which The Elder Scrolls Online takes place. The book includes in-game texts on factions, landscapes, creatures, heroes, and dragons, and is decorated throughout with official art.

SRP: 29.99

Manufacturer: Titan Books

Distributor: Titan Books

Contact: sales@titanemail.com

Ouroboros Messenger Bag

This branded satchel is great for stashing gold and potions – or maybe just a laptop and some books.

SRP: 29.99

Manufacturer: Gaya Entertainment

Distributor: Gaming Merchandise UK

Contact: hello@gamingmerchandiseuk.com

Breton T-Shirt

The Elder Scrolls Online fans can display their fondness for the Breton race of warrior-mages with this top.

SRP: 19.99

Manufacturer: Level Up Wear

Distributor: Gaming Merchandise UK

Contact: hello@gamingmerchandiseuk.com

Ouroboros Mug

Decorated with the Elder Scrolls Online logo, this mug is ideal for mead – or perhaps just tea or coffee.

SRP: 9.99

Manufacturer: Gaya Entertainment

Distributor: Gaming Merchandise UK

Contact: hello@gamingmerchandiseuk.com

ESO Alliance Etched ShotGlass Three-Pack

Fans can pledge their allegiance to any of Elder Scrolls Online's factions with these three two-ounce etched shot glasses.

SRP: $30 (19)

Manufacturer: Bethesda

Distributor: Bethesda

Contact: store.bethsoft.com

The Elder Scrolls OnlineMap Wallscroll

Measuring 77 by 100cm, this scroll showcases the whole of Elder Scrolls Online's expansive world of Tamriel.

SRP: 24.99

Manufacturer: Gaya Entertainment

Distributor: Gaming Merchandise UK

Contact: hello@gamingmerchandiseuk.com

Mudcrab Plush

This soft-shelled Mudcrab includes a DLC code for its pet counterpart in The Elder Scrolls Online.

SRP: 19.99

Manufacturer: The IP Factory

Distributor: Gaming Heads

Contact: customerservice@gamingheads.com

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