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Initial post: Nov 8, 2012 7:16:43 AM PST

The Elder Scrolls Online: first gameplay footage shows combat, playable races, PvP and more
Comments 4 Marsh Davies at 03:00pm November 8 2012

Bethesda's latest trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online may have just changed my mind about the game: I was a little lukewarm on the idea before - now I am rather Dovah-keen. The video shows off the first proper gameplay footage (rather than the environmental fly-by videos we've seen previously) and talks us through the MMO's features. You can read our earlier in-depth Elder Scrolls impressions here, or hit the jump and see the trailer for yourself.

Here are the headlines: there aren't any shards - everything takes place on one single server, or "megaserver" as Bethesda have dubbed it. You can play as nine different races and there's oodles of customisation and specialisation on top. Perks sound particularly interesting - and extremely broad, too - determining everything from vampiric powers and pets to how you replenish your mana on the battlefield.

Combat, meanwhile, is said to be in line with traditional Elder Scrolls action, with attacks and blocks tied to mouse-clicks rather than hotkeys. That said, the video doesn't convey the sense of brutal kinetic connection you get from a Skyrim ruckus; it looks very much like MMO hotkey combat, even if it isn't.

The entire thing takes place 1000 years before the events depicted in Skyrim, and all of Tamriel is at your disposal. The Imperial homeland of Cyrodiil has an extra special role, however: it's the setting of the game's PvP component. A time of uncertain succession, players of any level can take to the field in massive battles, besieging forts, smashing them with ballistas, and eventually claiming the emperor's crown for their own side.

Sounds like there's plenty to do, anyway - certainly enough to keep the Dragonborn from getting dragonbored.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 7:17:52 AM PST
StriderNeo15 says:
I'm probably going to buy a computer for this game.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 7:20:40 AM PST
It does look pretty cool, I might have to play it for a month or so.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 7:21:23 AM PST
When does this come out?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 7:21:51 AM PST
Next year I think.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 7:30:00 AM PST
Ice King says:
Let me be the first to say:


But seriously, I don't care about this but only because I don't play MMORPGs. As long they keep making single player Elder Scrolls games I'll be fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 7:38:56 AM PST

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 8:09:48 AM PST
MrFoxhound says:
Elder Scrolls MMO?

Aw, I'm sad now.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 8:13:35 AM PST
uncledonnie3 says:
A different studio is working on the MMO so they will.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 8:21:54 AM PST
Kirksplosion says:
Looks good. Hope it goes free-to-play.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 8:46:35 AM PST
Kin-foot says:
Here is the Youtube link...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 9:02:55 AM PST
Anthony says:
this. if they abandon the single player games i'm going to be pissed.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 9:05:20 AM PST
*Obligatory Punk! anti-MMO comment*

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 9:06:18 AM PST
User says:
One thing that stood out during that video was the mention of their servers. They apparently only have one server, named Mega-Server. So everyone is on one server. This terrifies me.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 9:18:19 AM PST
It's a separate team developing and maintaining the MMO from who builds the single player Elder Scrolls games. In fact while Skyrim was in development so was Elder Scrolls Online. This won't have any impact on the single player games so there is nothing to worry abut there.

With that said what the video had on display looked really impressive and actually has me interested in this title. The whole concept of the war going on for the crown sounds right up my alley and reminds me a lot of Ragnarok Online's War of Emperium. Curious about how their server setup is going to work and if they can make it work with everyone on one server I'm all for that.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 11:26:56 AM PST
C. Wilscam says:
For some reason, after watching and listening to this, I get the impression that it will be something along the lines of what alot of MMO's are doing now, with sub servers. It almost sounds like, when you enter the world, you enter with your friends, so there is no searching for them. The game places you in the same are as your frieds, or something of that nature.

I for one, will be keeping an eye on this, just to make sure it is something that I want to toss my money at.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 12:59:13 AM PST
Nicos says:
As long as I can do nothing but steal fruit and forks, I will give it a go. But if they force me to experience things like... combat or story... fugget it!

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 6:25:23 AM PST
StriderNeo15 says:
I watched the video last night, looks like Dark Age of Camelot with better combat.

Couldn't have asked for anything more.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 6:45:42 AM PST
T. E. Maddox says:
I was dead set against an Elder Scrolls MMO but I listened to a podcast where the podcasters got time with the Alpha version and, even though they said they were scared and against the MMO, their playtime won them over.

If they want to do an MMO while still developing Single Player games then I am all for it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 5:30:29 AM PST
Sounds like it will have the GW2 style of group events (not competing for resources). I also like the fact that you can dodge, sneak, etc. And it's cool that you can effectively multi-class like you can in TES.

Having everyone on one server is also great.
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