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
Prima.Vera
joyman said:
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.
I quit SWTOR because of lack of population on servers and unbalanced PvP items vs PvE items. Everybody instead of doing heroics, flashpoints, etc is only doing PvP for fast leveling and nicer items. When all this garbage is fixed, I will be thinking re-joining SWTOR...:shadedshu

I hope they will have a better system in this MMO
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#3
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
I recommend everyone read the information from the Game Informer article that Viper posted in post #48.
Lots of good information and insight into what the Online team is trying to accomplish.
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#4
ViperXTR
Graphics Engine is Hero Engine, same with Star Wars The Old Republic
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#5
Prima.Vera
ViperXTR said:
Graphics Engine is Hero Engine, same with Star Wars The Old Republic
Nice. Yet another cartoonish like MMO. :banghead::banghead::banghead:
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#6
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
I take it you didn't bother to check out the link. tsk tsk.
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#7
Prima.Vera
Kreij said:
I take it you didn't bother to check out the link. tsk tsk.
I've checked it but still seems cartoonish. Doesn't look realistically like Unreal Engine or similar...IMO. Still showld be OK, :)
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#8
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
I'm not trolling PV. Sorry if you took that the wrong way.
Most people know I'm just a crazy old man who likes to keep people smiling. :)

The images in the links look like in-game shots to me.
They are not quite the level of detail as Skyrim, but look a lot better than run of the mill MMO graphics.
Time will tell I guess. I'm pretty psyched. I think an ES MMO will be outstanding if they don't screw it up.
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#9
Ahhzz
Kreij said:
I recommend everyone read the information from the Game Informer article that Viper posted in post #48.
Lots of good information and insight into what the Online team is trying to accomplish.
Yup, I'm threading through the article as I've got time at work :)
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#10
Prima.Vera
Kreij said:
I'm not trolling PV. Sorry if you took that the wrong way.
Most people know I'm just a crazy old man who likes to keep people smiling. :)

The images in the links look like in-game shots to me.
They are not quite the level of detail as Skyrim, but look a lot better than run of the mill MMO graphics.
Time will tell I guess. I'm pretty psyched. I think an ES MMO will be outstanding if they don't screw it up.
Sorry, sorry. I have modified my post. To tired after 10 hours of shitty work...:o:D
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#11
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
No need to apologize, PV. We mods see everything !! (cue spooky music) :laugh:

On topic : This may sound dumb, but I hope they go with a reasonably priced subscription model instead of micro transactions of some other crap. F2P is all the craze lately, but the current models for funding the project leave a lot to be desired.
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#12
Ahhzz
Kreij said:
No need to apologize, PV. We mods see everything !! (cue spooky music) :laugh:

On topic : This may sound dumb, but I hope they go with a reasonably priced subscription model instead of micro transactions of some other crap. F2P is all the craze lately, but the current models for funding the project leave a lot to be desired.
Eh, I've played games that hit both sides of the equation, and fail and succeed both sides as well. Not sure where I'd be willing to spend my money.... The monthly sub was nice, in that I didn't have to worry about not having access to something (new weapons, maps, dungeons) without paying extra, but I also like the model that lets me pay one fee, and then I only pay small amounts for additional content when I'm ready for it.

I guess the only model I would refuse to pay for is one that only allows me a time-limited access to content, ie $5 gets me access to three mid level dungeons, but only for 30 days, after which I have to pay again. I suppose some might argue that that's all the monthly subscription is, or that at least I'm just paying for something I play with then, but not continuing to pay for it if I'm not using it..... I dunno. I just know I won't pay that way :)
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#15
Maelstrom
If it's tab targeting based, I won't be playing. TERA's combat has ruined traditional MMO mechanics for me, so boring now.
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#16
Yo_Wattup
Man, you guys are weird, you dont even get excited about new games, you just criticise and be pessimistic, (every thread too) thats not what a true gamer would do...
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#18
Silverel
ViperXTR said:
Details about the game...lots of it...
http://imgur.com/a/fO9Ty/noscript
These screenshots are fake. Most likely they're from the upcoming Neverwinter MMO. The Drider and Bulette tipped me off. Then going back through looking over them, every SS is lacking any sort of identifying markings that are common to Tamriel. No familiar landmarks, no insignias, just generic fantasy MMO stuff. There's no Khajit, Argonians, Orcs, Bosmer, Falmer, Dwemer, or Daedra in those screenshots. The elemental looking creatures could possibly be storm and fire atronachs, but that's the only recognizable entities, and they're a pretty common concept across various fantasy MMO's. I've also never heard of, nor seen, a giant plant creature in any of the previous ES games.

/buzzkill

Sorry.
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#20
Absolution
so long as it doesnt kill prospects of a single player release in the future, im happy.

what they did with SWKOTOR was stupid and their SWTOR isnt going that well either....
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#21
a_ump
this is just epic. Personally i came very close to beating III, got distracted and then bored by side quests. IV one i just played around with for graphics, felt the sandbox was too huge for me lol. But as an mmo i expect a massive world so i def think i'll dig into this a little, forsure gotta test on release.

This, SW:TOR online, and WoW, TOR has already got roughly 1.7 billion subscribers which sadly includes trial/free first month players, and ways that's a decent chunk of MMORPG market. I know beth has great dedicated player base, but i think it'll take some advertising to get their name out there. Know plenty of gamer friends through steam that have no idea what elder scrolls is.
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#22
techtard
EA is throwing out that 1.7 million subscriber number while they can.
There are a lot of players that are locked into 6-month subs that they puurchased out of either faith in Bioware as a gamedev, or to save money by buying a bigger sub.

Once the six month sub mark + the 30 free days that Bioware gave a lot of their players runs out, the sub numbers are going to crash hard.
They have a lot of players who are currently subscribed but not playing.

As someone else pointed out, terrible PvP,terrible game mechanics, and lots of dead servers.

EA is just bad at MMOs. Every one they've put out or taken over has had the touch of death.

Bethesda is going to have to work hard to put out a game as bad as SWTOR. Hopefully they don't put out a WoW clone re-skinned as TES.

Zenimax is a pretty big company, they know that there's some big money still in the epic single player RPG genre. They are probably going to double dip with TES and Fallout MMOs as well as continuing with the single player RPGs too.
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#23
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
Silverel said:
These screenshots are fake. Most likely they're from the upcoming Neverwinter MMO. The Drider and Bulette tipped me off. Then going back through looking over them, every SS is lacking any sort of identifying markings that are common to Tamriel. No familiar landmarks, no insignias, just generic fantasy MMO stuff. There's no Khajit, Argonians, Orcs, Bosmer, Falmer, Dwemer, or Daedra in those screenshots. The elemental looking creatures could possibly be storm and fire atronachs, but that's the only recognizable entities, and they're a pretty common concept across various fantasy MMO's. I've also never heard of, nor seen, a giant plant creature in any of the previous ES games.

/buzzkill

Sorry.
http://www.gameinformer.com/games/the_elder_scrolls_online/b/pc/archive/2012/05/04/first-screen-and-details-surrounding-elders-scrolls-online.aspx

Looks a lot like the same images to me.
I wouldn't expect everything to look the same in the MMO as in the SP games given some of the technical issues involved in creating an MMO.
Also, they are probably showing off glimpses of new areas (and creatures) from places that are not in the SP games (ie. Black Marsh, High Rock, etc.)

Zenimax (Bethesda) always gives the exclusive stories to GI, so I would expect them to have real screens and concept art.
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#24
Silverel
Kreij said:
http://www.gameinformer.com/games/the_elder_scrolls_online/b/pc/archive/2012/05/04/first-screen-and-details-surrounding-elders-scrolls-online.aspx

Looks a lot like the same images to me.
I wouldn't expect everything to look the same in the MMO as in the SP games given some of the technical issues involved in creating an MMO.
Also, they are probably showing off glimpses of new areas (and creatures) from places that are not in the SP games (ie. Black Marsh, High Rock, etc.)

Zenimax (Bethesda) always gives the exclusive stories to GI, so I would expect them to have real screens and concept art.
I did mention the Atronachs looked recognizable, I also noticed the Daedric writing on their wrists and ankles after I went back over them again. GI hasn't reproduced the rest of the shots from the leak, so I'm just gonna keep my hopes up for a little while longer that maybe it's the only legit SS of the bunch. Time will tell. Maybe I'll :banghead: over the next couple of weeks.:ohwell:
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#25
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
Probably because the GI June issue hasn't arrived in subscribers' mailboxes yet.
The "leaked" images look like scans of the mag article to me. I could be wrong, though.

Anyway ... I think an ES MMO is a fantastic idea, and I'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with.
The Beth forums are all awash with naysayers predicting the end of the ES SP line, but I think it would be really foolish for Zenimax to kill the cash cow that their SP franchise is, and will continue to be.
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