With E3 well underway, a lot of us were eager to see the next big project coming from Bethesda - while we all wanted a view at Skyrim's upcoming expansion pack, I was even more excited to finally take a look at their first venture into multiplayer gaming: The Elder Scrolls: Online.
We already knew some of the details of the game: it takes place around the events of the second Elder Scrolls title, and currently features several factions that are divided along racial lines. We also knew going in that the current plan was not to run the MMORPG title with the control scheme that we've come to see with Oblivion and Skyrim, but with something more reminiscent of World of Warcraft...for better or for worse. Well, now that the show is running, let's take a closer look to see what Elder Scrolls: Online has to offer for us at this early stage.
One of the first things you will notice in the trailer is the graphics - they look pretty good, though not yet as refined as what we saw in Skyrim - it's an early build, so they look strong right now. That said, as the game will cross over into a variety of areas (Daggerfell, Morrowind, and more), each one will have a distinctive feel and design. Many things have changed, as you'll see if you watch the video at the end, but a number of features are making their way into the game from the single player mode to try and make the game feel closer to the gameplay that we are more used to.
We are still looking at an early version of the title, of course, and there is a lot that will be changed or added during the betas for the game. That said, the name Elder Scrolls carries a lot of weight, and very high expectations for what makes up a quality title, so there will be no shortage of enthusiastic players making suggestions for what they want to see in the title. As the game begins to take shape over the next year, more details will come out, but for now enjoy this video that shows quite a bit of the game (though not much live play yet):
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