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The Elder Scrolls Online Story Will Be Mostly Single Player

Online, like Diablo III?

Matt Firor, the game designer for Bethesda’s much anticipated MMO based on their Elder Scrolls franchise, has been talking. He’s given an interview, using this new medium all the cool kids are talking about called “video”. It’s with GameStop’s monthly cover-art peddlers, Game Informer but here are the most interesting bits.

In the Elder Scrolls games you’re always the hero, whether you want to be or not, you go out there and you kill the dragons. You kill Mehrunes Dagon in Oblivion. In Morrowind, you’re up there fighting the Tribunal – those are huge, global, epic things that you don’t want to stand in line to do in an MMO. The last thing you want to do is have the final confrontation with Mehrunes Dagon as he’s stomping across the Imperial City, and you see like 15 guys behind you waiting to kill him because they’re on the same quest.

We have a whole part of the game that is 100 per cent solo, which is the main story, where the world focuses on you. You are the hero, everything you do is solo and the world reacts to you that way

The game will be played in the third person and will also feature 200-player PvP instances so it’s still very much deserved of that “MMO” tag. This news that the developers are fully aware of how important to the universe a solitary experience is can only be a good sign. It’s certainly taken my interest from “complete distrust” up to “okay, tell me more”. What about you?

Oh, by the way, can we all please agree to use “TESCO” as the acronym for this game? I think that’d be brilliant.

Source: GameInformer, via Eurogamer

  1. SH Number 7/Mini-Lipscombe
    Since: May 2011

    what’s the c?

    Comment posted on 19/05/2012 at 16:40.
    • The Lone Steven
      Never heard of him.
      Since: May 2010

      Cake? Crab? Complete? Colossalblue just wanted to call it Tesco so this is what the C stands for?

      Comment posted on 19/05/2012 at 17:40.
    • TheDeathAvenger
      Since: Forever

      Maybe it’s one of those annoying ones, The Elder SCrolls Online

      Comment posted on 22/05/2012 at 10:55.
  2. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    Matt, we don’t actually get to kill Dagon in Oblivion as Martin was the one who gave his life to defeat Dagon.

    If it’s going to be single player then why not develop it as a prequel or spin off? As single player MMOs don’t tend to be very successful that often. SW:TOR’s subs are falling.

    Comment posted on 19/05/2012 at 17:24.
  3. iBirch
    Since: May 2009

    This maybe my first MMO experience.

    Comment posted on 19/05/2012 at 21:46.
    • Sympo
      Since: Aug 2009

      See Guild Wars 2.

      Comment posted on 20/05/2012 at 17:37.
  4. Kite
    Since: Apr 2010

    Guild Wars 2 can’t come out soon enough…

    Comment posted on 20/05/2012 at 12:38.
  5. greatstrife
    Since: May 2012

    i’ve totally been calling elder scrolls tesco for ages, i feel ripped off!… alternatively when im in the mood for food i tell the misses to go to The Elder Scrolls COmpany….and shes never impressed…

    Comment posted on 24/05/2012 at 02:05.

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