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Bethesda Announces Elder Scrolls MMO 295

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An anonymous reader writes "Today Bethesda announced that their popular Elder Scrolls series of video games will be getting its own MMORPG. It's planned for 2013, and will be available for PCs and Macs. 'Players will discover an entirely new chapter of Elder Scrolls history in this ambitious world, set a millennium before the events of Skyrim as the daedric prince Molag Bal tries to pull all of Tamriel into his demonic realm. "It will be extremely rewarding finally to unveil what we have been developing the last several years," said game director and MMO veteran Matt Firor, whose previous work includes Mythic's well-received Dark Age of Camelot. "The entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever made – and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise."'
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Bethesda Announces Elder Scrolls MMO

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  • Urgh!!! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by rodrigoandrade (713371) on Thursday May 03, 2012 @04:00PM (#39881811)

    Last thing I want is an MMO in Tamriel.

    First, the MMO market is totally saturated and this game just won't get the attention it deservers from fans and the media. As a result, it'll become yet another niche MMO for a few longtime diehard fans of TES.

    No, it won't be the next WoW either. The saturation factor alone prevents ANY MMO from being the next WoW, no matter how uber awesome.

    Secondly, all TES games are inherently FREAKING HUGE!!!! Huge world to explore, hugely deep lore, lots of side-quests. In theory, this would go hand-in-hand with an MMO concept, except for all the technical limitations imposed by current network technologies.

    Case in point: SWTOR. I had EVERYTHING to be a hell of a great MMO, but due to technical limitations, it was watered down to a theme-park-ride MMO. A Star Wars game with on-rails space combat?? Only half-dozen playable races??Seriously??

    DONOTWANT TES MMO, TYVM!!

  • by na1led (1030470) on Thursday May 03, 2012 @04:06PM (#39881911)
    It was fun when they first came out, but now it's just tiresome to see. Unless you have no life, I don't plan on spending years to get to level 50 so I can see everything in the game. Sorry Bethesda, I don't have time for an MMO.
  • Re:Not Excited (Score:5, Insightful)

    by crazyjj (2598719) * on Thursday May 03, 2012 @04:08PM (#39881961)

    Not to mention the fact that's it's going to be a little hard to be the Chosen One when everyone else is too.

  • by Wattos (2268108) on Thursday May 03, 2012 @04:21PM (#39882197)

    Can we please stop with the MMO's already? Im already playing a MMO where I am just another guy (like everyone else). It's called life.

  • ARGH! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anachragnome (1008495) on Thursday May 03, 2012 @04:25PM (#39882265)

    I want to strangle some of these bean counters.

    We don't need another MMO to replicate Skyrim--We just need MULTIPLAYER.

    (and by multiplayer, I mean IP to IP connections that don't rely on your fucking servers)

  • by zzsmirkzz (974536) on Thursday May 03, 2012 @04:28PM (#39882317)

    I don't mean "World of Warcraft", I mean "Warcraft", the franchise your beloved time-sink came from. As soon as WoW became popular, hope of a Warcraft 4 went down the toilet.

    This. A thousand times this. I loved the original Warcraft/Warcraft2, Warcraft 3 was alright but a step in the wrong direction. I wanted (and still want) a proper RTS sequel to them. Perverting it into a MMORPG with the Warcraft name was horrible. I have never played it, will never play it. Although TES is an RPG to start with, it is not a MMORPG, and I cannot see how it being turned into one will make it any better, I can only see it getting worse and tanking another beautiful franchise.

  • Re:Urgh!!! (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Overly Critical Guy (663429) * on Thursday May 03, 2012 @04:47PM (#39882661)

    If by linear content you mean quests, yes, it has linear quests because quests have a beginning and end. An MMO like World of Warcraft has barely any sandbox qualities. You level through a certain zone, then you move to the next designated zone, and you run specific dungeons designed for your level. Elder Scrolls isn't like that; you can just go out and do whatever and explore, ignoring the entire main quest line if you'd like.

  • DAoC (Score:4, Insightful)

    by CosaNostra Pizza Inc (1299163) on Thursday May 03, 2012 @04:59PM (#39882835)
    Wow! I remember Dark Age of Camelot...good game for its time.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03, 2012 @05:14PM (#39883031)

    > I always found it a shame that such a rich world as the elder scrolls has, was only single player.

    I've often felt the same. Sometimes standing on a hill looking out over the country side the world felt very empty.

    What I've always felt would have been a killer feature for TES, is a stand alone server and development kit along the lines of the original NeverWinter Nights. Even just to be able to host the main campaign and play through it with small group of friends would be an infinitely better experience than *another* grinding MMO.

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