The Elder Scrolls Online: First Snippets of Info Emerge
Just like other publishers, it seems that ZeniMax prefer to feed their fans information regarding their upcoming games via the intravenous drip that is Game Informer. Luckily there are more than enough clever people on the internet who are quite willing to rain on publishers parades.
NeoGAF, ever the source for leaked information, has begun publishing what it states is the content of the next issue of Game Informer. This issue is a special edition all about The Elder Scrolls Online MMO that was recently announced by Zenimax Online, the parent company of The Elder Scrolls’ developer Bethesda. According to NeoGAF The Elder Scrolls Online MMO has been in development since 2007, and has over 250 people working on the project. The game will be set in Tamriel a whole millennium before the events of the most recent Elder Scrolls game The Elder Scrolls 5 – Skyrim. Apparently not all of Tamriel will be available at first, so that Zenimax can continue their trend of dribbling out content.
According to NeoGAF, Game Informer will report that Zenimax Online hopes to find the balance between the style of gameplay offered by The Elder Scrolls games and the sort of gameplay that is associated with traditional MMOs. This may be a risky strategy, by trying to appeal to everyone Zenimax Online risk being a Jack of all trades but a master of none. The Elder Scrolls has a winning formular, so it will be very interesting to see if Zenimax Online can forge in new features and gameplay styles and still make the game work. One example of a tradition MMO feature that we can expect to see in The Elder Scrolls Online is the hotbar for accessing skills. NeoGAF is also reporting that the game will feature PvP battles that can be up to 100-a-side. That would be incredible if it is true. I would definately get my Melee on in that scenario!
Factions will take a really big role in the storyline, as they battle it out over the Imperial City in Cyrodil. And there is also a Deadric prince causing mischief. For confirmation though we will have to wait for July’s edition of Game Informer.