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The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Sign-Ups Open with a Cinematic Trailer
Dan
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Brisbane, Queensland
14028 posts
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.

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shade
Brisbane, Queensland
106 posts
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
09:51am 23/01/13 Permalink
Thundercracker
Brisbane, Queensland
3279 posts
I want to be excited, but yet another fantasy MMO will probably be another somewhat average contender.
09:53am 23/01/13 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
36684 posts
Awesome trailer. Too much shakycam in combat scenes. Also weren't the three dudes at the end all trying to break into the same building, then it looked like they were going to be fighting at the end?
10:00am 23/01/13 Permalink
Nerf Lord
Brisbane, Queensland
7180 posts
I think that it was meant to symbolize that there are 3 factions trying to take control of the central territory, unsure if that was a 4th that they were fighting against.

Cinematic was ok, but has so little to do with the actual game that I no longer get any excitement from them.
10:12am 23/01/13 Permalink
demon
Brisbane, Queensland
7049 posts
cinematic trailer looks awesome but i rekn that's to be expected of bethesda.
i have zero interest in pay/month game models though.
10:14am 23/01/13 Permalink
Dan
Special Text
Brisbane, Queensland
14029 posts
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.
10:17am 23/01/13 Permalink
Nerf Lord
Brisbane, Queensland
7181 posts
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.
10:22am 23/01/13 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
8436 posts
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.
10:25am 23/01/13 Permalink
Saint
Cainer
Brisbane, Queensland
3240 posts
Finally an MMO with 3 factions instead of the boring old 2. Certainly adds a bit more to PVP etc.
10:48am 23/01/13 Permalink
carson
Gippsland, Victoria
1732 posts
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?
11:10am 23/01/13 Permalink
Khel
Brisbane, Queensland
20559 posts
I shudder to think how horrendously buggy this is going to be, I mean, Bethesda has enough problems with QA when they're just making single player games.
11:15am 23/01/13 Permalink
Dan
Special Text
Brisbane, Queensland
14031 posts
Nerf, the first group is Ebonheart Pact, lead by a Nord (human race) flanked by Dunmer (Dark Elves), Argonians are also in that faction, but not shown in the clip.

The second group is Aldmeri Domninion, lead by an Altmer (High Elf) mage and flanked by Bosmer (Wood Elves), Khajit are also in that faction, but not in the vid.

The third group is Dagerfall Covenant, lead by a Breton (human race) rogue, flanked by Redguard, Orsimer (Orcs) are aslo in that faction but not shown.

The common enemy are the Imperials (human race).
11:19am 23/01/13 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
8438 posts
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.
11:23am 23/01/13 Permalink
ravn0s
Brisbane, Queensland
16535 posts

Finally an MMO with 3 factions instead of the boring old 2. Certainly adds a bit more to PVP etc.


considering matt firor is in charge, i'm hoping the PVP will be similar to DAOC.
12:50pm 23/01/13 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
3762 posts
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.
12:58pm 23/01/13 Permalink
arkter
Gold Coast, Queensland
1149 posts
Trailer wasn't exactly inspiring but I am still turbo frothing on this game!

There is a bit of in game footage in this clip for those who are interested:

01:01pm 23/01/13 Permalink
WirlWind
Central Coast, New South Wales
505 posts
Just signed up with "Excellent" chance of getting a key, I'll keep you guys appraised on what I can, if I get in, after the NDA goes away lol.
02:38pm 23/01/13 Permalink
Pharcyde
Kilos
Brisbane, Queensland
5095 posts
considering matt firor is in charge, i'm hoping the PVP will be similar to DAOC.


I've just gone from "I could not give any less of a f*** about this game" to "tentatively excited". Thanks for this.
03:32pm 23/01/13 Permalink
shad
Brisbane, Queensland
3867 posts
Just signed up. Been waiting for a decent mmorpg game to play for a while now.
06:42pm 23/01/13 Permalink
DM
Gold Coast, Queensland
5117 posts
Signed up with an "excellent" chance of getting in. Fingers crossed.
09:54pm 23/01/13 Permalink
Reverend Evil™
Wynnum, Queensland
21207 posts
Hmm. That trailer didn't do anything for me. I think it went for too long and just dragged out too much.
10:01pm 23/01/13 Permalink
ravn0s
Brisbane, Queensland
16539 posts
if it was WoW you would be drooling all over it.
10:32pm 23/01/13 Permalink
DM
Gold Coast, Queensland
5118 posts
If it had pandas you mean
10:55pm 23/01/13 Permalink
Reverend Evil™
Wynnum, Queensland
21208 posts
if it was WoW you would be drooling all over it

If it was your c*** I'd be drooling all over it you savage bastard!!
11:37pm 23/01/13 Permalink
arkter
Gold Coast, Queensland
1158 posts
If it was your c*** I'd be drooling all over it you savage bastard!!


d*** pun joke is this way
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