To kick off our final day at E3 2012, I had a chance to see the upcoming Zenimax Online MMO, The Elder Scrolls Online. Elder Scrolls online takes place about 1000 years before the events of the recently released Skyrim. Gamers will visit locations for past Elder Scrolls games, and come across enemies they have seen in the past.
The world is separated into section of each of Edler Scrolls factions. The Nord, Dunmer and Argonians form the Ebonheart Pact in the north east, the Bretons, Redguard and Orcs, based in the north west, make up the Daggerfall Covenant, and the Aldmeri Dominion made up of the Altmer, Bosmer and Khajiit are based in Tamriel’s south western areas. The middle of the world is Cyrodiil and the Imperial City, this is the area where all groups come together for massive PVP battles.
The combat system is a hybrid of action RPG meets MMO. You’ll have all the normal health, magic and stamina bars, and a limited number of slots for abilities. But you will also have a block ability allowing you to protect yourself from damage, plus you can also charge your attacks to make them even more powerful, and lastly you’ll have an ultimate ability that becomes useable after landing a number of attacks. What is really neat is if you fight well and intelligently you’ll score extra loot as a reward.
Zenimax Online is planning on building the classes so that they can fill multiple roles when playing the game. hey don’t want gamers to be stuck playing the same role during their entire journey, and want to leave the way the game is played up to the gamer as much as possible. This mantra is also evident in the way you get quests. Instead of always going from point to point, quests show-up in a more area fashion. When you head to a spot you’ll have options on which way you can go to progress your story. On-top of the quest choices your decisions during quest have a very apparent and direct effect on the game. In our demo during a quest that finds you traveling back in time you are presented with a choice of saving a girl or defeating the captain. If you choose to save the girl when you return to the present time you will find a descendant of the girl in the town with a new quest line for you.
The look of Elder Scrolls Online is very comparable to Skyrim, and at first glance you’ll even think you were playing Skyrim. The Elder Scrolls Online is shaping up to be a fantastic MMO adventure for any fan of the franchise, and I look forward to learning more about the game’s systems as we get closer to launch.