'The Elder Scrolls Online' News & Updates: New Update Will Allow Players To Own Houses Next Year!

By Joe Marsalis , Updated Dec 06, 2016 07:26 PM EST

For some reason, MMORPG players in 2016 really want to own houses now. Although it's been a feature existent in other games such as "The Sims" (which also used to have an MMORPG version) and even in offline role-playing games "The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim," others are only just catching up. You can now add Bethesda's other big game, "The Elder Scrolls Online," to the list of games where players can own real estate.

The big "The Elder Scrolls Online" update, simply called Homestead, allows players to buy and customize their own residences in the game, GameSpot reports. The update will provide around 40 different real estate options, and over 2,000 customization options for the player's residence, in addition to trophies from achievements that players can display. On top of all that, everyone will be getting a free home when it launches, serving as a tutorial for the new feature, according to the official Bethesda announcement.

The houses players can buy in the game are all personal instances, not actual existing real estate that buyers will have to compete for. That means many players can own the same piece of land, and interestingly, although they can build their own houses on the land, players can still invite other players to their houses. (And, most importantly, no one will be able to break into your house and steal all your gold and items, like you can for NPCs.) Obviously, homes and lots can be sold to other players for in-game currency, in the same way you can buy a home from NPCs in the game.

It's apparently a feature that many players have been requesting, so they're putting the update out by early next year for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Bethesda has already announced that they're targeting February 2017 for release, to be exact.

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