Elder Scrolls Online
At time of writing, Elder Scrolls Online is tipped as the most eagerly awaited ‘next big MMO’, but will it capture the attention and hearts enough to rival the likes of World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2? Let’s take a look at what Elder Scrolls Online has to offer.
Elder Scrolls Games
If you’ve played the incredibly immersive previous Elder Scrolls titles, you’ll know that lore and game depth have always been a real focus of Bethesda Game Studios. Now just imagine taking this solid base and turning it into an MMO, with a larger, even more open world leaving you free to explore the lands and interact, fight and craft however you wish, when you wish but online. There’s huge promise surrounding this exciting new title from Bethesda, with the storyline starting around 2E 578 in Tamriel.
An explosion goes off in the Imperial City created by Molag Bal, Daedric Prince of domination and enslavement in an attempt to weaken the barrier between worlds, bringing Nirn and Oblivion into one land. The Daedra run rampant across the lands causing havoc and destruction, with three factions battling for control of the Imperial City: The Daggerfall Covenant, The Aldmeri Dominion and The Ebonheart Pact.
Choose who you fight for
It’s up to you who you choose to fight for, but whoever you decide to side with, you’ll find epic battles before you. Take command of impressive siege weapons, unleashing their power on strongholds, smashing down walls and gates, help gain control of vital resources and take control of the Imperial City of Cyrodiil for yourself. You’ll be part of epic three-way battles between the three factions, with hundreds of players on one battlefield at once with the stunning Tamriel scenery around you, blood spilling, fires blazing and swords clashing. Form strategic groups with friends and clan members, aiding in capturing key farms, lumber mills and other vital resources for your side’s goal of capturing the Ruby Throne in the Imperial City.
The PvP theme and style seems somewhat copycat of the highly successful Dark Age of Camelot (DAoC), but that’s not a bad thing – DaoC saw huge numbers of players across three different factions battling for control of each other’s Relics and transporting them back to their Relic Keeps. Elder Scrolls Online is similar in the sense that your main keep holds an Elder Scroll, granting your realm a powerful bonus. Venture to an enemy’s keep, capture their Scroll and return it to yours and you’ll be awarded bonus powers. A nice addition to what promises to be an awesome setting for epic PvP battles.
As with other successful MMOs, there’s a PvP scaling element to the game, allowing players to enter PvP from level 10 with their combat effectiveness being scaled up to compete against players of max level. Fancy levelling through PvP, anyone?? Help capture the Imperial City and you could actually find yourself being crowned Emperor. Not only that but there’ll be leaderboards for you to benchmark yourself against your peers, pushing you further and harder.
There’s a huge amount of hype surrounding the Elder Scrolls Online and now is definitely the time to get amongst the action and sign up for the beta while you still can!