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Teaser: Elder Scrolls Online

As much as narcissism compels me to credit myself for Elder Scrolls Online - the result of emailing Bethesda a pdf of a fifty dollar bill, with a subject line reading "Unlimited free money in exchange MMO" - it's disappointingly evident that Bethseda has its own plans for an "unlimited money" machine, in the form of - you guessed it - an Elder Scrolls MMO.

During an interview with Game Informer, Creative Director Paul Sage stated that gamers can expect Elder Scrolls Online to deliver get the same kind of experience to its single-player counterpart, including the "distraction-based gameplay" god d*mn you obsessive-compulsive disorder that many of us have come to know all too well. When asked about how the intrinsically "gamey" aspect of MMOs will clash with the immersive aspects of games like Oblivion and Skyrim, Sage could only say that various options are being considered. Stressing that it is too early to give a concrete answer, that which "works" for the player experience will take priority, whatever that ultimately entails.

As for the "endgame," players that have reached the level cap (currently undisclosed) will not simply fritter away their time on raiding; rather, the team is working on a mechanic that will allow max-level characters to advance beyond the previous "end" to dungeons, effectively adding more story to a particular scenario.

That's all for now, but for those excited about the prospect of Elder Scrolls Online, we'll keep you posted as the news comes in. In the meantime, check out the full interview with Paul Sage over at Game Informer!

3 Comments

Bill said:

I've never wanted to play a mmo as I like to play games by myself or in the same room with the person I'm playing against. I just might have to eat my words when I said I'd never buy one. FF is one of my favorite series & I skipped 11 & 14, but Elder Scrolls is one that could change my opinion depending on if they do it right & keep the ES feel/gameplay intact.

Skyrim is the first TES I've ever played and I'm really in love with it, but the first details I heard about TES Online did not attracted me much. Weaker and colorful graphics like every other MMORPG that exists, combat won't be the same as Skyrim's, since it will be status-based, and a few other things.

As I am more a Skyrim fan than a TES fan, I hope they make it more like Skyrim. Let's see how things turn out.

For now, if I'd pay for a MMORPG, it'd be TERA Online, which has very impressive character designs and looks very interesting. But as I won't, I'll just stick to Skyrim for single player and Champions Online for MMO.

Briker Ed said:

I'm a TES fan ever since the Arena days, and always loved them cause of the overall atmosphere those games had, as well as the freedom they gave me to roleplay my character in sooooo many different ways. If they manage to capture the feel of the single player TES games and that freedom/variety, I'll most likely dive into it, although they kind of put me off for now with the "no housing since it's complicated to implement it in a MMO" comment. Seriously, that was such a WTF moment for me, since even some crappo asian f2p grindfests have housing. Gonna be hard juggling this and FFXIV since I don't plan on letting go of my FF account. . . .

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