The Elder Scrolls Online – Details and Screenshots

By on May 4, 2012

Details on the gameplay mechanics, leveling system, exploreable areas, etc., surface from GameInformer’s cover story.

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This was quicker than expected. Only a few hours after the announcement of The Elder Scrolls Online, an MMORPG based on The Elder Scrolls universe, details and screenshots from GameInformer’s cover story has made its way on the internet. You can find the complete scans here, and a break down of all the important points below:

  • Developers ZeniMax Online promises to take a “bold new direction” with the franchise, and hence are prepared for the massive amounts of criticism from fans when the game releases.
  • The focus will be on weighty combat, richly interactive environments and a world reactive to player actions, however the developers are aware that these do not necessarily “translate easily to the MMO genre”.
  • “We’ve really got to create a compelling game first,” creative direction Paul Sage explains. “It needs to be comfortable for people who are coming in from a typical massively multiplayer game that has the same control mechanisms, but it also has to appeal to Skyrim players. You want to hit those touchstones, but more important than that, you’ve got to create an experience that’s unique and fun.”
  • The game will take place 1000 years before the events of Skyrim. The main villain of the story is the King of Worms, Mannimarco, who is creating havoc on the realm of Tamriel with the help of the prince of domination, Molang Bal.
  • To keep the game’s lore in check, Bethesda’s Todd Howard “checks in every once in a while” to help the development team keep the universe on the track.
  • The game will be third person.
  • The leveling system will be similar to other MMOs, where players must choose a single direction in developing their favored skills and abilities. Players “can’t master everything” in this one, unlike Skyrim.
  • Players can still join every guild, however.
  • Random events with other players and NPCs will play a large role in the game.
  • The Elder Scrolls Online will “bring back” the public dungeon, allowing for more organic group building.
  • While areas from Skyrim to Morrowind will be exploreable, some locations will be locked in for future expansions.
  • Cyrodill will be the main capital.

The Elder Scrolls Online will release for PC and Mac next year. We expect to see some of the game during E3 in June.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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  • abujafer

    Looks amazing.

    • Valentine

      What are you on about? Looks rubbish. Didn’t you play Skyrim?

  • wichitaflowers

    You can find the complete scans here, and a break down of all the important points below:

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