A trio of warriors stand at the ready in The Elder Scrolls Online.

The Elder Scrolls Online is one of those games that started out as a spark and grew into a raging inferno. Over the past couple of years, the community has grown by leaps and bounds and, to celebrate that fact, you can try the game for an entire week free of charge.

We really dig this whole "free trial" thing so many developers are embracing this generation. In short, players get to dig into the game for a set period of time, which should make a possible purchasing decision a heck of a lot easier to make. If you don't enjoy yourself, you can bounce. If you want to keep going, simply buy the game and keep right on trucking without losing any progress.

But while most folks offer a free weekend with their titles, Bethesda is dishing out a full week with Elder Scrolls Online. You'll still only be scratching the surface of the massive MMO even with that much free time exploring, but at least you should have a solid opportunity to decide if becoming a full-time adventurer is right for you.

Earlier this year, Bethesda announced that Elder Scrolls Online had drawn 8.5 million players. The game had experienced a pretty slow start, so that was evidence of a complete change of fortune for the online community. Now that number has reached 10 million players, and this free week of play is in celebration of that. And let's not kid ourselves; it's also a good way to draw even more new players than ever before.

The free week is officially live and runs through Dec. 6 on the PlayStation 4, PC and Mac. Here's the rundown from Bethesda as to what you can expect from the week of free play.

*Access to the full The Elder Scrolls Online base game (not including ESO: Morrowind). Go wherever you want with whoever you want for hundreds of hours in the massive open world.

*500 Free Crowns: All new accounts receive 500 Crowns to spend in the Crown Store on unique pets, helpful XP scrolls, potions and more.

*Progress made from previous Free Play events are retained for those who choose to return. Any characters created, Crown Packs purchased, or Crown Store items bought, as well as any progress made during Free Play Week, will carry over for those who decide to purchase the full game.

As a reminder, PS4 gamers need to have a Plus membership to play ESO. Otherwise, just head to the digital market on your platform of choice, download the game and get to playing. As an added bonus, the full version of the game, including the Morrowind expansion, has been marked down by up to 50 percent.

And whether you're new to the game or an old hand, in-game activities are also a part of the celebration. All you have to do is run a random dungeon through the Dungeon Finder and your post-adventure rewards will include a "Mysterious Box" full of extra goodies.

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