Tamriel Goes MMO: Bethesda Announces "Elder Scrolls Online"

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aegon01

Honestly, the gameplay could be terrible just as long as I can explore the world freely. I don't want to run into "SORRY YOU CANT GO BACK TO MORROWIND UNTIL YOU GRIND 30 LEVELS BECAUSE I'M A WOW CLONE"

Also, there should be spears. You mean to tell me that nobody in Cyrodiil or Skyrim has a spear? NOBODY? Next you'll be telling me they forgot how to make fire.

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Biceps

Dear Bethesda,

If you can somehow avoid the CONTROLS every single other MMO uses (meaning special attacks triggered by repetitively hitting number keys) and instead have a control system that is like your own Elder Scrolls games, I will love you forever.

Every single damn MMO out there tries to copy the control scheme of WoW, and fails at producing anything compelling. Please please please set yourselves apart in more than words and don't be control copy-cats.

Very excited to see what comes out!

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bling581

The game itself has great potential for an MMO but I hope they don't make the same mistakes that others have done. It seems like the recent MMO's are all rushed and miss out on some key things that made WoW so fun and addictive. I purchased SWTOR, which has great potential but after a month or so it got old and boring. I seriously believe that if they spent more time on development it would've been a lot better but it's likely they were rushed or given a timeline by EA.

So I keep hearing that most companies don't have the resources to dev for as many years as Blizzard does on games, but the tradeoff is a craptastic MMO that loses it's fun factor after a short time.

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Biceps

A spamwich?

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

The rub would be that Bethesda would actually have to support the game after development. They aren't exactly known for patching out bugs. Past games have relied upon community volunteers to resolve thousands upon thousands of technical issues.

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yammerpickle2

I've preordered Guildwars 2, but would love to beta test this, and play whichever I liked best. Leaning towards Guildwars 2 as the beta was sweet! Still the ES world is awesome and I may go back and play some more now that there are mods everywhere. I wonder if they will incorporate the best mods into the online world?

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noobstix

I reluctantly played through Skyrim and I have to say that making an MMO wouldn't be much different. I mean both would "never end" and it probably would be riddled with technical issues left and right. If I were to try this Elder Scrolls MMO out (whether it'd be via Beta or if it is F2P), I'd be lucky to get past the character creation screen (and maybe the tutorial).

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JohnP

Poor guy, forced to play Skyrim, eh? Must have been tough on you, making sure to determinedly get your money's worth. I feel for ya', buddy.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

As long as they don't stop developing single-player games. I don't care for the online MMO trap.

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bathtbgin

I'd rather have Westeros online, but all your characters would die.

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TommM

OK...after surrendering hundreds of hours of my life to Asheron's Call, DoA and AO, I swore off MMO's for life about 7 years ago.

Until this one comes out. :p

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CaptainFabulous

You should check out the awesomeness that is Guild Wars 2.

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spokenwordd

Agreed.... GW2 is awesomeness to an infinite scale, got no sleep last weekend during open beta. But looking forward to an Elder Scrolls MMO as well.

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Jeffredo

For the love of God don't do a Blizzard and totally ignore your single player games for a decade!!! I don't have butterflies in the pit of my stomach. More like a growing sense of nausea. I love Bethesda's single player games. Every one since Morrowind. While I played WoW for several years what I loved most when I got sick of the online asshats was coming over to Oblivion and having the world entirely to myself. The game was all about my hero - not some 15 year old jerk from Tarzana who thinks he's poop doesn't stink jumping around my character with his Blood Elf. This makes me very sad (and yes, in the back of my mind I knew it would come one day). There are enough MMOs and multiplayer/coop games. Quality single player games are scarce. I hoped Bethesda would stay true to what they do best. Ah well, money changes everything.

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silverblack

So basically what you're saying is something in 2013 I'm going to be losing my job and all contact with my friends and family.

I know I would pay a subscription just to see an updated, graphiclly engine-wise, version of Daggerfall and the surronding lands. And if I do that, I know I'm not leaving for a long time.

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JohnP

No, no! Skyrim has already sucked my soul out and left me dazed after 6 hours of total oblivion to my surroundings last weekend. NO MORE, please!

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GuavaSauce

i cant wait for this!!!! ive wante it since morrowind. really, the last epic mmo i played was age of conan, but sadly the game director morrison screwed that game over weeks after taking charge and i quit playing.

High Hopes Here!!!!!

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Megaman1221

I don't think its going to translate well. The thing that makes Bethesda games like Fallout 3 and Skyrim so endearing is the level of total immersion. Farming the same dungeons repeatedly for loot and getting called a noob or a scrub because I'm equipping a piece of gear that I think looks better for my character but doesn't give me quite the same stat bonuses is not very immersive.

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Aksparks04

Aha, but if Bethesda shows some real balls and makes an MMO so complex and open-ended it will weed out all the kids, console gamers and casual players.

Similar to what EVE has done. The sheer complexity of the game discourages a large number of new players from getting over the learning curve hump. Most leave after their trial subscription ends.

Now obviously, this isn't the greatest way to make a mountain of cash, because you are drastically limiting yourself to a small slice of the overall mmo gaming community, but it can create a small, extremely loyal fanbase and allow you as the game developer the opportunity to not have to cut corners, water down content or appeal to the average gaming masses.

I sure hope they go this route.

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someuid

They should mix the two ideas. One faction of the game plays hardcore like EVE, bringing in the serious hard core fans.

The other faction plays like some WoW clone, bringing in the punks and whiners and little kids.

Then the hardcore faction can enjoy whipping the Wow clone faction.

One game, both markets, with a buffer between them.

And as for EVE, it is truly hard core. But once you get into it and figure it out, all the other MMOs just seem so -simple-.

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georgey

Awesome, because the market sure is lacking fantasy based MMO's!

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Marthian

What's your point? Sure there's tons (and tons...) of Fantasy MMOs out there, but guess what they DON'T have? A well-known Brand Name. I'm more likely to play The Elder Scrolls online than Random Fantasy Online just because I played TES and/or heard of it.

Although this will be interesting, I'm also holding out on another MMO called Pathfinder Online, based off the Tabletop RPG of a similar name.

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georgey

".. but guess what they DON'T have? A well-known Brand Name"

Here's three off the top of my head, World of Warcraft, Warhammer Online, and Lord of the Rings Online.

If Bethesda can do something original with ES then I'd be willing to give it a shot, but the market is so saturated I'm cynical.

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AETAaAS

One of the things I loved about Skyrim and Oblivion was how there was so much to see and do. An MMO could take that a step further. The dynamic worlds would also be helped by the addition of more players IMO so it wouldn't seem so spartan and lonely at times. :)

And about people acting in an otherwise odd way, Id think if any game deserves a seriously moderated strict role-play mode, it would be ES.

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JohnP

I love exploring Skyrim! Think of the possibilities of a huge world with the detail that Skyrim has. Then add the thought about MODDING that world. Sends goosebumps over me.

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Biceps

I don't think they let you mod MMOs.... it might kinda ruin someone else's experience to have a gaint purple dragon in a tutu I created to be roaming through their game.

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morrowindsky

I thought you were above "arrow to the knee" references, Brad. :<

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