Hello. This post is about ESO – a widely anticipated MMORPG hopefully arriving next Spring. Here I’ll give you a not-so brief update on it as well as some notes on the leaked beta footage. This is a little different from my usual blog posts but I hope you will enjoy it.
I’ve been very excited about this game for a long time, and was looking forward to a release date in September, then December, and now Spring. In this post I’ll give you a not-so brief update and a bit of information about the leaked beta footage.
I’ve had Skyrim for almost two years now, and since I have brought Oblivion and tried to play Arena (but failed as my laptop is 64-bit, and the game needs a maximum of 8- or 16-bit). When I heard ESO was arriving 2013 (now 2014) I was, well, let’s say VERY excited.
I will post the plot of the game soon, this is just me getting this blog up-to-date with the latest ESO news.
ESO looks great, I’ll be the first to say. Especially in the trailers and previews Zenimax has given us, one of the latest trailers coming with the announcement for ESO on Next-Gen Consoles (I’ll come back to that). What I am concerned about, however, is how much actual gameplay there is in these trailers. Then again, we are in beta so who knows what could happen with the game.
The announcement of next-gen consoles annoyed me, if only because it meant the game to be pushed back six months, but I was wrong. ESO wasn’t pushed back because of consoles, but the two pieces of news were released at the same time. After hearing this, I’m actually glad that the game was pushed back – I’d rather have a perfect game later than an unpolished game sooner.
One thing I am confused about, though, is how unbalanced this will be precision-wise, with consoles not turning as fast or having as many controls. I wonder how they’ll manage that.
I guess I wanted to make this post for one reason above the others… LEAKED BETA FOOTAGE.
You may not be able to see the footage any more, as Zenimax have removed most videos from YouTube and other sources.
I’ll try not to break closed beta rules but I do want to talk about some important aspects of it.
- First of all, I want to emphasize that this is a BETA. Some sceptics are worrying about the graphics, but the game was displayed at E3, and those who played it claimed it had “Skyrim-grade graphics” – a BIG claim. That was what Zenimax thought would represent their game, and that is what we should expect from this game.
- The UI looks amazingly customizable. You won’t have to see names above characters, or dots that show you where your quest objectives are.
- Those who want to immerse themselves in the story of the Elder Scrolls – ‘Lore Nerds’ – should not be worried. Books are included in ESO and you have a drop-down box with all the lore you may come across on your travels.
- Combat looks very similar, if not the same, as Skyrim, Oblivion, or Morrowind. You are required to aim – no auto-aiming, no spamming right click and just standing in place (not dissimilar to my SWTOR experiences), but instead you dodge, jump, block and, eventually, die. The guy who leaked this beta FAILED at combat, seriously.
- This brings me nicely to another point – dying in ESO. When you die, you have two options – revive on the spot or teleport to the nearest ‘wayshrine’ (again, like SWTOR). This is explained by your soul being taken at the start of the game (no other information given on that), which should satisfy immersive players.
That’s all for today. I’ll post some more ESO news soon!