The Elder Scrolls Online: Video Introduction

ZeniMax Online Studios have released a 10 minute gameplay video with developer commentary giving sparse, basic details about their upcoming MMORPG – The Elder Scrolls Online.

First look details splashed out earlier in the year, in Game Informer’s June cover story, reveals that The Elder Scrolls Online will open up most of Tamriel to explore, including good old Morrowind, Skyrim and Cyrodiil. The world is based 1000 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and will have the usual things we’ve come to expect from MMO’s. Levelling up, quests, dungeons, heroic versions of dungeons, raids, classes, PVP etc.

Cyrodiil will be the games’ PVP area to be contested over by the games 3 playable factions: The Ebonheart Pact – consisting of Nords, lizardly Argonians and Dark Elves, the Daggerfall Covenant – covering Orcs, Bretons and Redguard, and finally The Aldmeri Dominion – composed of High Elves, Wood Elves, and cats… I mean Khajiit. Each faction will have its own content to quest through, making the creation of multiple characters a bit more varied so you don’t end up repeating the same tasks over and over again.

There will also be classes, you won’t just start out as a character and build the skills you want like in the single player experiences, but they’re staying tight lipped on class details. The one thing they have said, is that healing won’t necessarily be vital for cutting through the group content.

Dungeon crawling will consist of the usual instanced areas and heroic versions/raids for end game content, but also open public dungeons. Grouping will be spiced up with special skill combos, executed by working together with friendly players.

Questing will have an impact on the world around you, and while there will be a structured questing experience, there will also be quests based out in the wilderness encouraging you to explore. Crafting will be incorporated, and you’ll be able to get mounts but sadly no housing. Well known guilds from previous games will make an appearance, like the Dark Brotherhood and the Mage guild, where you can build reputation and earn rewards.

You may have noticed that it’s not the same studio that created the single player Elder Scrolls masterpieces that has the reigns on this project. Thankfully, it seems as though they are in tight communication with Bethesda Game Studios in terms of lore. However, other topics, like content creation, is firmly in ZeniMax’s hands.

The Elder Scrolls Online is set for release late 2013 for Mac and PC.

So, is The Elder Scrolls a world you prefer to conquer solo? Or can’t you wait to join your friends in this rich and beautiful universe? Let us know in the comment section below!

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