The name can cause either a wail of despair or an exclamation of love and respect from any gamer who has assumed the role of the Dragonborn. Depending on the player, it is a game that has hungrily stolen hours of life or has been a refreshingly lengthy and appreciated escape from reality.
2011’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was an RPG that players put so much time into that it was the hourly equivalent to getting your Masters Degree. Skyrim was a staggeringly gigantic game in size, scope and time. And it was only a single player game… Now, imagine what an Elder Scrolls game would be like if it was an MMORPG. Imagine what kind of gorgeous time-thief ZeniMax Online Studios and Bethesda Softworks would have if they put their flagship series online. Well guess what, Guys and Girls with too much time on their hands, this year we’re getting The Elder Scrolls Online, so go ahead and kiss your offline social life goodbye.
In development since 2007 and the series’ first foray into the world of online gaming in its 19 years, The Elder Scrolls Online will take place chronologically between the events of Oblivion and Skyrim. The great continent of Tamriel is in chaos as three warring factions — the Aldmeri Dominion, made up of the Altmer, Bosmer, and Khajiit (elves and cat people); the Daggerfall Covenant, consisting of Bretons, Redguards, and Orcs (humans and well, orcs); and the Ebonheart Pact, composed of Dunmer, Nords, and Argonians (dark elves, Vikings and lizard people) — battle over the throne of the Emperor of Tamriel. And while all this fun, delicious chaos and PvP is going on, old “Harvester of Souls,” the Daedric prince Molag Bol has decided to rear his ugly horned head and take over all of creation. Much like with the other games in the series, and something that set’s Elder Scrolls apart from other fantasy MMORPG’s is that the combat will be in real-time and based around the health, stamina and magicka you know and love. You can crouch, block, dodge and charge attacks, allowing you to actually be part of the combat and not just an active spectator.
Combine that with massive faction-based PvP events that allow you to take control of territories, which grants bonuses to your entire faction, and you’ve got a well-rounded game that takes the best of offline Elder Scrolls and marries it to the cooler ideas that can be found in MMORPGs.
Coming to PC’s and Macs this year, get ready to say goodbye to your social life all over again and be sure to sign up for the beta while you still can!