Thursday, May 3rd 2012

Bethesda Softworks Announces The Elder Scrolls Online

Bethesda Softworks, a ZeniMax Media company, today announced The Elder Scrolls Online, an MMO in development at ZeniMax Online Studios. The Elder Scrolls Online will be the first Elder Scrolls game to allow gamers to explore the legendary Elder Scrolls world with others.

The Elder Scrolls Online is being developed for PC and Mac under the leadership of industry veteran Matt Firor, who has spent the last two decades working in online game development. Details about the game are revealed in an exclusive cover story in Game Informer's June issue, which ships to subscribers and newsstands this month.

"We have been working hard to create an online world in which players will be able to experience the epic Elder Scrolls universe with their friends, something fans have long said they wanted," said Matt Firor, game director of The Elder Scrolls Online. "It will be extremely rewarding finally to unveil what we have been developing the last several years. The entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever made - and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise."

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the most recent title set in the award-winning Elder Scrolls universe. Skyrim, developed by Bethesda Game Studios, was released in November 2011 and enjoyed worldwide critical and commercial success. Skyrim earned hundreds of 'Game of the Year' awards, including top honors at the 2012 Game Developers Choice Awards, the 15th Annual 2012 Interactive Achievement Awards held at the 2012 D.I.C.E. Summit, and at the 2011 Video Game Awards. Internationally, Skyrim shipped over 10 million units within the first month of its release, was the second highest grossing title in the industry last year, and is the fastest selling title in Steam's history.

The Elder Scrolls Online will be featured on magazine covers across Europe and in online stories in the coming months which will provide gamers with more information about this exciting title.

The Elder Scrolls Online has not yet been rated by the ESRB.
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100 Comments on Bethesda Softworks Announces The Elder Scrolls Online

#1
OneCool
GREAT!!! Another reason for my wife to leave me. SOB!! :rolleyes:
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#2
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Kreij said:
I will troll the Bethsoft forum with hate until they ban me forever.
Let me know Ill show you how to do it proper.
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#3
MilkyWay
My problem with MMOs is the "Holy Trinity" of healer, tank and damage dealer. Not everyone wants to join a guild either.
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#4
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
Kreij said:
It's quite likely that they would use a game engine that is more suited for an MMO than their current one.

That being said, If they make it cartoony like Wow I will troll the Bethsoft forum with hate until they ban me forever.
TheMailMan78 said:
Let me know Ill show you how to do it proper.
make sure to drop me a line.
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#5
Prima.Vera
For me the best MMO right now is Star Wars. Followed by LOTR On Line, Conan and then WOW. Played all of them, currently playing none due to no free time...
If they release ESO, they better not making it as boring as the single player series...
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#6
theJesus
Nooooooo!!!! They're going to ruin the TES franchise with this, I just know it!
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#7
Widjaja
A large part of the game is the mods, so I wonder if Bethesda are somehow going to allow certain types of mods into the game or just leave it vanilla.
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#9
Widjaja
remixedcat said:
SKOOOMAAAA!!!!!

I can't wait!!!!
Hm.....Skooma Junkie Clan....
Scandalous underground parties snorting finely ground Moon Sugar off the stomachs of Khajiits......
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#11
DannibusX
Today's Elder Scrolls MMO announcement was brought to you by the letter "meh"
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#12
techtard
If this game is using the gamebryo engine, it will fail. That engine has problems with one player.
Also worrying is that Bethesda is making this game. They have excellent ideas, and a rich game world and lore. But they put out extremely buggy games.

Buggy MMOs don't last long. If a game is really buggy, they bleed off subs like crazy and then go on life support.

Warhammer Online had this happen. Rich IP/lore, very buggy game that basically died in the first 3 months of its existance.

The same thing is happening with the new Star Wars MMO. Extremely buggy launch, massive bleed-off of subs, and now their subscriber base is going to have a massive die-off at the 6-month sub renewal mark.
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#13
DannibusX
World of Warcraft was extremely buggy when released.

People want current wow like performance out of a brand new game. It takes a while to get all the bugs out.
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Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
DannibusX said:
World of Warcraft was extremely buggy when released.

People want current wow like performance out of a brand new game. It takes a while to get all the bugs out.
regardless of weather or not gambryo is used from an elder scrolls game i seriously doubt the game will be flawless. im sure it will have bugs but i honestly think WoW isnt that great graphically. If anything is complained about performance wise it will be transparent. I think bad engine optimization will really be the fault of people attempting to play a bethesda game on a mobile radeon 4200. or some other entry level hardware combo that otherwise plays WoW and similar games decently enough.
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#15
remixedcat
techtard said:
If this game is using the gamebryo engine, it will fail. That engine has problems with one player.
Also worrying is that Bethesda is making this game. They have excellent ideas, and a rich game world and lore. But they put out extremely buggy games.

Buggy MMOs don't last long. If a game is really buggy, they bleed off subs like crazy and then go on life support.

Warhammer Online had this happen. Rich IP/lore, very buggy game that basically died in the first 3 months of its existance.

The same thing is happening with the new Star Wars MMO. Extremely buggy launch, massive bleed-off of subs, and now their subscriber base is going to have a massive die-off at the 6-month sub renewal mark.
Like I keep saying a lot of times BethSoft has an amazing creative team and a terrible technical team...
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#16
Crusader
Solaris17 said:
i wanted multiplayer. but maybe a max of 4 people. the density of jackasses to RPG players in any MMO has always been slim imo.
This. This. And This.

TheMailMan78 said:
Of all MMO this game has a real chance against WoW.
Good luck, that's what they said about ToR.


This is being made by a company that specializes in making MMOs, not the TES we all know and love. This will fail as a TES game.
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#17
lyndonguitar
I play games
MAKE THIS FREE TO PLAY!!!! PLEASE!!! OR ONE TIME PAYMENT with micros :)
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#18
DannibusX
Solaris17 said:
regardless of weather or not gambryo is used from an elder scrolls game i seriously doubt the game will be flawless. im sure it will have bugs but i honestly think WoW isnt that great graphically. If anything is complained about performance wise it will be transparent. I think bad engine optimization will really be the fault of people attempting to play a bethesda game on a mobile radeon 4200. or some other entry level hardware combo that otherwise plays WoW and similar games decently enough.
WoW doesn't look great, it's true. The point I was trying to make is that people are extremely impatient when it comes to MMO's. There's a break in period of about a year before a new MMO will perform as it really should, especially when the market is saturated with people trying to play the game on extremely obsolete hardware.

When WoW launched it was a horrendous mess. You were lucky if any given server was online for more than 2 hours, and you were also lucky if the client didn't crash in regular intervals.

I secretly hope TESO succeeds. I love the games and I would definitely play an MMO version of it, but they need to bring something to the table that's unique. I don't quite know if the first person gamebryo style would fit in an MMO, but I'd be willing to give it a shot.

I seriously hope the game will be skill based. Ultima Online was awesome and you could be pretty much anything you wanted to be, all you had to do was use your skills. No levels. Pretty sick.
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#19
lyndonguitar
I play games
DannibusX said:

I seriously hope the game will be skill based. Ultima Online was awesome and you could be pretty much anything you wanted to be, all you had to do was use your skills. No levels. Pretty sick.
Really?? that awesome!! I hate the leveling system in those MMORPG games nowadays, its like requiring you to have lots of friends and spend lots of time just to enjoy the game

I want to enjoy as soon as possible :laugh:
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#20
DannibusX
lyndonguitar said:
Really?? that awesome!! I hate the leveling system in those MMORPG games nowadays, its like requiring you to have lots of friends and spend lots of time just to enjoy the game

I want to enjoy as soon as possible :laugh:
Yeah, UO had the best leveling system. It just took forever unless you were macroing. I think you could max something like 7 skills and raise a few others to good enough levels for some funtionality.

I generally played a spellsword, running by and hitting crap with my sword and then casting some fireballs and stuff. Good times.
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#21
Rowsol
TheMailMan78 said:
Dammit I wanted Fallout online!
I'm with ya man. Guns > Swords.
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#24
joyman
More competition in MMO world is good thing. As WoW is goin down(at least for me) and as I play SWTOR now and can tell you that it is much more balanced than WoW in terms of style of play. Not many people just wanna grind and level up just to hit max and go grind some other thing. SWTOR is massively story oriented which was nice for a change from the all other MMOs. Also I think if you are sick of all MMO cliches - check Guild Wars 2 - it has really interesting features. I am pretty sure to check it out on release. So I hope TESO got to all the glory of the games made with that name so we can have really nice to play MMO - not some content change every few months so someone has reason to play.
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#25
Ahhzz
/tag just to see the train wreck this thread is bound to turn into :)

Mixed feelings about it. Always loved the TES games, but not sure I want in an MMo again. Still, one as well made as the original WoW was, but based on TES might be interesting.
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