Elder Scrolls Online plans to sort out bugs with long beta

Elder Scrolls Online director Matt Firor talks about how to avoid the company's reputation for bugs, and how to retain users in the current MMO market.

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The Elder Scrolls Online has some fans reasonably concerned about game stability. Bethesda has gained somewhat of a reputation for buggy single-player games in the Elder Scrolls and Fallout series, and adding the complications of a full-fledged MMO seems like it will only complicate things. TESO game director Matt Firor concedes that it will be hard, but promises a long beta test to sort out potential problems.

Firor told Edge that aside from general bugs, the studio also has to plan for servers, latency, and account creation. "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." He also points out that this will be a separate engine from the one used for Skyrim.

Of course, even if the game can dodge bugs, MMOs have had trouble retaining users. Asked how to tackle that particular problem, Firor said, "You give people lots of different types of things to do. You make it replayable so that it's fun to play a different character - not even in a different alliance, in the same alliance, for example. You can go through our content in a different order, make different choices, power-level or stop and smell the roses - we support both those types of gameplay and that's a big part of keeping people around."

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    May 25, 2012 7:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Elder Scrolls Online plans to sort out bugs with long beta.

    Elder Scrolls Online director Matt Firor talks about how to avoid the company's reputation for bugs, and how to retain users in the current MMO market.

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      May 25, 2012 10:44 AM

      "You can go through our content in a different order"
      Gosh, I can't wait!!

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      May 25, 2012 11:14 AM

      the more he talks about his game, the more silly it gets. Stop talking about the game..it's not helping anything.

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      May 25, 2012 12:37 PM

      Who is letting these guys talk to the media?!?

      "You give people lots of different types of things to do. You make it replayable so that it's fun to play a different character - not even in a different alliance, in the same alliance, for example. You can go through our content in a different order, make different choices, power-level or stop and smell the roses - we support both those types of gameplay and that's a big part of keeping people around."

      What's ultimately the most sad (besides these inane quotes) is that NOTHING about what he just said requires an MMO. You can do everything stated above right now in Skyrim or Oblivion.

      No one wants this
      No one cares
      Spend the money on something else

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        May 25, 2012 12:39 PM

        SWTOR worked out so well theyd be dumb not to do this :D