Since the announcement of the Elder Scrolls Online by ZeniMax Online Studios earlier this month, it has been meet with many worrying calls from fans. Of course traveling the wild plains of Skyrim, Morrowind and Cyrodiil with your buddies sounds straight out entertaining, it still left many question the gameplay mechanics and other features put forth. ZeniMax Online Studios, who are at the helm of the project, have insured fans that they will not experience the same buggy problems games like Fallout and Skyrim had post release.
Speaking to Edge magazine recently, ‘The Elder Scrolls Online’ game director Matt Firor, stated he wants fans of the series to be familiar with the end product, just minus all the familiar bugs. When questioned on the studios ability to have a bug free release, he went on to say:
It’s not only that, but there’s also many different types of tech problems when you create an MMOG. Account creation, servers, latency. The critical difference with MMOGs, though, is that you have a long beta test where you build up to thousands and thousands of players, and you tackle those problems as you run into them there.
With the game not using the Skyrim engine and a lot of gameplay being a solo affair , one might ask what makes this truly an Elder Scrolls experience. Matt Firor answered:
Even now, I come across lore that I didn’t know existed. It’s just so deep. People play games for different reasons, but the people who respond to Elder Scrolls the most like to get immersed in a world so that they feel they’re living there. They like to have freedom of choice to do what they want to do, and that’s the part that resonates with us the most.
This is what makes the IP so great for an MMOG already: people already know it’s the kind of game where they can head out and explore and be rewarded for it. That’s the one thing that player will learn immediately that’s different about us, if you see something in the distance, you can go and investigate and be rewarded for it
With Skyrim setting a bar Bethesda never thought they would reach, Zenimax has a lot of weight on their shoulders to wow fans of the series. With E3 2012 next month, they will hopefully show some content that gets the right type of reaction from fans.