Bethesda has released a video for its upcoming massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG), Elder Scrolls Online. The trailer video gives us the first detailed look at the game since its announcement. It reveals information about the world, the combat system, the class system, and the end game, among other things.
The world of the game is set in Tamriel, which is the main continent where all the different provinces of the Elder Scrolls games are. Thanks to the layout of the continent, all the main player-versus-player happens in the province in the centre of the continent, named Cyrodiil.
The combat system, shown in the video, looks like a simplistic version of the combat system in Guild Wars 2 – which is a mix between real time combat, and the hotkey-based combat from games like World of Warcraft.
The class system offers flexibility by not limiting the characters by forcing them to use certain armour and weapons. Characters can wear whichever armour and weapons they want, allowing combinations like a sneaky healer and a mage carrying a large two-handed weapon.
Looks like a return to Vvardenfell
The end game of Elder Scrolls Online starts at level 50, where you can do the typical MMORPG stuff like raids and dungeons. The game will also feature a mechanic thought to be extinct in MMORPGs – the open dungeon. Open world dungeons are dungeons where you can simply walk in and team up with random people to kill things.
A major change from the rest of the franchise is that The Elder Scrolls Online seems to be forgoing the first person perspective for a third-person view. Bethesda also seems to be going for an expansive world that will encompass provinces that were featured in other games, such as Skyrim from the latest game, Vvardenfell from The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, and Cyrodiil from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
Bethesda had recently revealed the next downloadable content (DLC) for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, named Dragonborn, and released a trailer for it. The trailer shows a return to Morrowind, with most of its trippy flora and fauna intact. The trailer also reveals the existence of another character that is a dragonborn, and has shown the ability to ride dragons. Bethesda has announced that the DLC will be available on Xbox Live on December 4 and is set to cost 1600 Microsoft Points which roughly converts to Rs 1,100. The release date for the PC has not been mentioned, and since the PlayStation 3 version hasn’t gotten any DLC so far, it is doubtful if the console will get this one.
Skyrim puts players in control of the Dovhakiin, which is dragon tongue for Dragonborn, in the icy Viking-inspired region of Skyrim. The series is very well known for its open world that lets players roam around and do whatever they want, from exploring treacherous caverns to finding treasure, or picking flowers and making potions.
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