The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Sign-Ups Open with a Cinematic Trailer
Bethesda and developer Zenimax Online have announced an upcoming public beta-test period for their MMO The Elder Scrolls Online, encouraging interesting players to register interest now over at elderscrollsonline.com, as well as dropping a new cinematic trailer in our laps.
Titled "The Alliances" the fancy live action cinematic trailer features the game's three factional alliances, the Aldmeri Dominion, Daggerfall Covenant, and Ebonheart Pact, all launching individual assaults on Cyrodil's Imperial City, and winding up in a final showdown against each other. Check it out below (or here in our HD video library).
A launch date for the beta test has not been specified, but the game is still due for a 2013 release on PC.
that's definately impressive, though the battle didn't seem to make much sense other than "let's just add alot of unconnected flashy fight scenes". so many mmo's have come and dropped down to free to play since wow, so still not convinced of the longevity of this
Yeah, the Imperial City is the centre of power in the land, and is held by a fourth faction of Imperials who have gotten cosy with the Daedra demon-types, which is why there's undead werewolves roaming the undergrounds there.
The heroes in the vid are reps of each of the other three factions who each think they should be the rightful residents of the city.
I take it that the gold & black is the thalmor, and the vikings are the nords, but who the hell is the other elf then? Is this pre-morrowind's elves being changed? edit: Nevermind, female is the thalmor, black & gold guy is human.
Also just noticed on rewatch that only the female character is wearing completely unprotected bare thighs, heh, they couldn't escape the MMO tropes.
Still not sure on this, barely any gameplay has been shown and its expected for a 2013 release which has me sitting uncomfortably. MMO's need a lot of content to be interesting, otherwise people burn out and it crashes to the ground a.k.a Age of Conan, and I have yet to see a substantial amount.
The initial problems I could see for it are whether it's choosing pay-to-play or buy-to-play, how much end-game content there will be, PvP focus, PvE focus, class balancing, how the game actually feels and whether it will be a dull "go here talk to this person run back." I want to get excited because it could be potentially interesting with Elder Scrolls lore and style, but still being cautious.
This doesn't interest me in the slightest. I'm sure it's been said before, but what I loved about the ES games was it being an epic single player story. I can't even get in to it enough to sign up for the beta. While I'm all for exploring new things with an IP, some games are better suited to being a single player experience. Well that's my 2cents anyway.
Does anyone know if this means the end of single player focused Elder Scrolls games, ala the end of the Warcraft rts with WoW?
Don't believe so Carson, this is made by Zenimax Online Studios, with the help of Bethesda for lore and placing etc. With how well Skyrim did I doubt Bethesda would be silly enough to stop making single-player titles.
They are still making single player elder scrolls. I saw a survey somewhere where they were getting ideas, I think job options were in a heap of questions and farming and piracy were getting lots of positives.
What I was hoping for was like the single player but instead of companions your friends could take their place.