Monday, March 19, 2012

Slightly Redder Red: Elder Scrolls MMO

Since The Elder Scrolls are my favorite series of games of all time, I just wanted to speak my piece about Zenimax Online's upcoming announcement at E3 2012. An Elder Scrolls MMO. That sounds....

... good, but only if played right.

The Elder Scrolls is my favorite series due to its freedom. I can do anything and be anything, and I hope the MMO lives up to this. I'm also hoping that it plays like an Elder Scrolls game, namely a third or first person action game. Writing this, I realized that due to the size of a game map needed for an MMO (see Asheron's Call clocking in at five hundred square miles, or the Nightfall expansion to Guild Wars clocking in at fifteen-thousand square miles), this MMO might span all of the Nirn, Akavir included. That's pretty awesome. Or, it could have the countries of the traditional Elder Scrolls games (Hammerfell, Black Marsh, Elsweyr, Morrowind) but release Akavir as an expansion. Personally, hoping Akavir is included in the vanilla game. 

I would absolutely shit myself if the game included constantly replayable mini-dungeons in Elder Scrolls style (Dwemer ruins, caves, Ayleid ruins) alongside more epic dungeons in WoW fashion (Mehrune's Razor, Blackreach, etc). As I wrote this, I thought that end-game raids might include Daedric Planes of existence (Hircine's Hunting Grounds, Sheogorath's Shivering Isles, Mehrunes Dagon's Planes of Torment). Damn, so much speculation can be done with a lore or history as large as The Elder Scrolls has. I mean, how cool would it be to go toe to toe with Malacath with four other friends? Or nine other friends? Just damn awesome. 

I really can't get my hopes up as much as I'm getting them. All I can really hope for without overshooting this is F2P. But a man can dream, right?

EDIT: I found out from some more research that the MMO will take place in the Second Era. Somethin' interesting.

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