Elder Scrolls Developers Say Imperial Characters Only Offer Visual Advantage
In the simplest of answers: "No."
"With the Imperial Edition you get the opportunity to play as a rogue Imperial who has broken from their Daedra worshipping ways, and you get a unique racial skill line of equal gameplay impact to other races' unique racial skill lines," developer ZeniMax Online Studios assured players.
"As an Imperial you also get a mount and the automatic ability to craft items into the Impesrial style. All non-Imperial races can also learn this ability after locating the corresponding racial motif. Imperials do not begin the game in a unique starting location or via a separate quest, but they can start in any alliance as befits their status as un-aligned outcasts of their own Province...
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