The Elder Scrolls Online - Official site, Concept Art, Reactions
We won't be covering the TES Online permanently but it's worth touching on a few things before we move on.
The official site is open, offering an announcement trailer that sets the scene (no gameplay footage), Joystiq thinks they've found some art and Digitally Downloaded was quick to get an Op Ed online - Way To Kill Your Brand, Bethesda:
But here’s the secret, guys: you can’t out World of Warcraft World of Warcraft. It’s silly to even try. That game has a what, 10 year head start on any new MMO? Here’s my ultimate concern with the idea of an Elder Scrolls MMO: The Elder Scrolls games have always been premium quality. The best possible games in the genre that developers can make. The Elder Scrolls MMO will not be that.
I’ve got no doubts it will be an OK game. It’s being directed by the guy behind the eternally decent Dark Age of Camelot. It’ll find a community of fans. I’ve got no doubts about that. I also don’t think it will replace World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Starcraft or any other online game as the king of owning people’s time. And in doing so it’s going to be a shadow, when it’s a series that’s used to casting the shadows.
That doesn’t help your brand, Bethesda. It dilutes it. And for what? To cave into the idea that games have to have multiplayer to be worthwhile now?