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Bethesda Sofworks and ZeniMax Online Announces Elder Scrolls Online

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By: Stephen Crane

The other day Bethesda and ZeniMax Online Studios announced their latest venture, The Elder Scrolls Online.  The exact details of the game are slowly being unveiled, however the full write up will be in the June issue of Game Informer.

The majority of the information we have at present is coming out in small trickles. Website DSO Gaming found out the game will look and play very similar to already existing MMO titles. The screenshots seem to indicate an artistic shift from past Elder Scrolls games.

Unfortunately, the assets currently available may not be what many fans were hoping for in an Elder Scrolls MMO. Perhaps the closest idea fans were hoping for is the Skyrim Online project. It's been said before, but it's worth repeating: Developers seeking to create the next "WoW killer" need to make a game nothing like World of Warcraft. This is an age-old formula, and there just won't be enough content to compete against a behemoth as large as Blizzard's game.

If the screenshots and early reports on the game are true, ZeniMax and Bethesda appear to be relying on the game's brand to sell subscriptions. The market is saturated with similarly designed massively multiplayer online RPGs, so the developer will have to find some significant way to stand apart. The information currently available is shaky at best, and the game is slated for a 2013 release, so there is still plenty of time to see the game change or innovate.

Gamers would do well to be way and not raise their hopes too high. In the press release, industry veteran Matt Firor has been quoted saying "the entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever made – and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise." Let's hope Firor realizes the only way to accomplish this task is through something truly unique.

 

About Stephen Crane

Stephen was hooked by the NES at a very young age and never looked back. He games on a daily basis and is currently trying to climb his way up the ranked ladder on League of Legends! Outside of the video game world he actually likes running and owns a rapidly growing collection of toed shoes. Stephen Crane is the owner of Armed Gamer.

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