Elder Scrolls Online open to next-gen consoles, but focused on PC 'right now'

Elder Scrolls Online head Matt Firor says the company is open to the idea of bringing the game to next-generation consoles depending on their specs, but right now its focused squarely on the PC game.

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Like most MMOs, The Elder Scrolls Online is targeting a strict PC release. ZeniMax Online Studios head Matt Firor says the studio is open to the possibility that the next generation of consoles could support the game, but doesn't want to speculate based on unknown specs just yet.

"The worst thing you can do is worry about new platforms while in development," Firor said. "We want to do what we're doing right now and then look around for further opportunities."

"There are a lot of rumors swirling around the next-gen coming back together with PCs," Firor told Game Informer. "I haven't seen any of that, but I read all the rumor sites just like everyone else. It seems like things are going back to a more standard platform. That being said, we haven't thought about it heavily right now."

As for whether a hypothetical console version would be played on the same servers as the PC version, Firor says it's a "technology question" and relies on the consoles. "We would have no idea," he said, "we'd have to look at the technology." At the same time, he says that console MMOs have faltered because they're built around mouse and keyboard controls, and that the interface problem hasn't really been solved yet.

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    July 18, 2012 9:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Elder Scrolls Online open to next-gen consoles, but focused on PC 'right now'.

    Elder Scrolls Online head Matt Firor says the company is open to the idea of bringing the game to next-generation consoles depending on their specs, but right now its focused squarely on the PC game.

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      July 18, 2012 9:56 AM

      PR speak for "Not happening by a longshot"

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      July 18, 2012 9:57 AM

      Same song and dance from every developer. They rarely say "we won't do it" because they don't want to close any doors.

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      July 18, 2012 9:58 AM

      Will be F2P before then.

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      July 18, 2012 10:27 AM

      MMO's wont take off on any gen console as long as they have the patching verification processes or in Xbox's (could be PS too, never looked into it much) case update fees.

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        July 18, 2012 4:17 PM

        A few games get around that. Phantasy Star Universe, and FFXI are two that I can think of.

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          July 19, 2012 10:17 AM

          and those are almost the only 2 games. I myself can't think of any more.

          And damn, I loved PSU

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      July 18, 2012 10:50 AM

      'We're really hoping to charge 15$ a month for this, at least for the first half year or so'