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May 30th, 2013, 19:10
Venturebeat has a inteview with Elder Scrolls Onlineís Game Director on lore, combat, giant demon anchors, and dragons,
GamesBeat: Whatís the vital element you had to get in to really make it an Elder Scrolls game?
Firor: For every Elder Scrolls fan, thereís a different answer to that, which is great. The guys who have been around since the beginning will tell you itís the lore. There are no specific quest vectors. If something looks cool, you donít have to find an NPC to tell you to go explore it, like in other MMOs. You just go and explore and get credit for it. Thatís what people have come to expect from Elder Scrolls.
GamesBeat: Whatís going to get someone to walk away from, say, World of Warcraft and come over to Elder Scrolls?
Firor: Elder Scrolls is an IP that brings a lot of other things with it. You can tell that itís not using a conventional MMO combat system in any way. Itís very much an Elder Scrolls combat system. This is very much an online-RPG.
GamesBeat: Was that the goal? To take the Elder Scrolls experience we know and put it online?
Firor: It was really to come up with an online role-playing game that uses the best features of MMOs. What MMOs do well, they do really well. Things like social systems or player trading, all of that is awesome. It also comes with a lot of baggage. We wanted to make sure that we got the right elements from both genres ó single-player RPGs and MMOs Ė and bring them together.
GamesBeat: When did you know you were getting that right?
Firor: We built our own engine ó any game developers reading this will immediately start laughing, because itís painful to play on an engine in an early state of development. It doesnít have any of the cool shaders or effects. You have to put yourself past all that and get to the gameplay. But yeah, there was a version probably about a year and a half ago where I could say, ďOkay, I see it. I see the world. Thereís weather. There are cool effects and cool animations.Ē Thatís when it really started rolling.
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IMO, one of the best things about ES is the depth and quality of content and immersion, both of which get vaporized as soon as you have 20-100 players in your immediate vicinity with stupid names and stupid behaviors.

A ruin looks cool - til there are 10 other players climbing all over it doing /dance emotes or wearing cowboy hats and bikinis from the cash shop.

I tend to play MMOs with a group of friends and it's all good.

I would love to be able to play something like Skyrim with those friends but without the legions of MMO morons around. I don't see how the serious feel of ES can carry over to MMOs when way too many MMO players these days don't have the mental capacity to exist in any environment that doesn't feature coloring books, nap blankets, bibs, and pacifiers.
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Many mmorpgs have an option to disable viewing of other players.
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The guys who have been around since the beginning will tell you itís the lore.

I've been around since the beginning, as a player, and "lore" is not even close to what I'd say Elder Scrolls is known for. Notable things about Arena for me would be things like spell and item customization, randomly generated environment(npcs, quests, dungeons, rewards, etc), and of course open world sandboxy design. Lore wouldn't even by on the list. In fact, the major turn off for me with the first several Elder Scrolls lack of any sense of purpose.

There are no specific quest vectors. If something looks cool, you donít have to find an NPC to tell you to go explore it, like in other MMOs.

I guess I haven't played any of those MMOs or something, because I have no idea what he's talking about.
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