The Elder Scrolls Online trailer reveals first gameplay

"Elder Scrolls Online... everything you need about it is right in the name: it's Elder Scrolls but it's online," creative director Paul Sage says in a 9-minute video showing off the first gameplay snippets from ZeniMax's MMORPG. And indeed it certainly does seem to be so. Our John was not pleased with what he saw of TESO at E3, but does this pique your interest?

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"Elder Scrolls Online... everything you need about it is right in the name: it's Elder Scrolls but it's online," creative director Paul Sage says in a 9-minute video showing off the first gameplay snippets from ZeniMax's MMORPG. And indeed it certainly does seem to be so. Our John was not pleased with what he saw of TESO at E3, but does this pique your interest?

The Elder Scrolls takes place a thousand years before Skyrim, roaming all over the series' lands. Topics covered in the video include the lack of distinct servers, having no weapon or armour restrictions, perks like pets and vampirism, and PvP siege warfare raging across Cyrodiil.

With nine minutes of chatter, clearly there is a little more to say than recognising its name.

The first game developed by ZeniMax Online Studios, The Elder Scrolls Online is slated for release on PC and Mac in 2013, published by Bethesda Softworks. The possibility of a release on future consoles hasn't been ruled out, but don't hold your breath.

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    November 8, 2012 7:50 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, The Elder Scrolls Online trailer reveals first gameplay.

    "Elder Scrolls Online... everything you need about it is right in the name: it's Elder Scrolls but it's online," creative director Paul Sage says in a 9-minute video showing off the first gameplay snippets from ZeniMax's MMORPG. And indeed it certainly does seem to be so. Our John was not pleased with what he saw of TESO at E3, but does this pique your interest?

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      November 8, 2012 8:03 AM

      ... and I thought Skyrim was pretty, hah!

      CANT. WAIT.

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        November 8, 2012 8:21 AM

        Looks hot doesn't it, part of me wishes it was another SP game. This may turn out to be really good.

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          November 8, 2012 12:58 PM

          The graphics look weaker than Skyrim to me. Definitely seems like all the models are lower poly and the characters looked pretty bland and cartoony, IMO.

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      November 8, 2012 8:04 AM

      "it's Elder Scrolls but it's online," for some reason this quote also made me think of "lets kick this revolution...into OVERDRIVE"

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        November 9, 2012 12:42 AM

        It reminded me of The Simpsons.

        "Police."

        ...pause...

        "Cops."

        "Police Cops!"

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      November 8, 2012 8:05 AM

      elder scrolls and online breaks my brain. my absolute favorite thing about these games has always been the feeling of exploring a huge world alone, being that ultimate hero or villain and wandering the vast forests and dungeons with no one else.

      i don't want parties, co-op, or group raids.

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        November 8, 2012 8:21 AM

        Having a buddy would be cool but the MMO idea doesn't do anything for me.

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        November 8, 2012 9:57 AM

        +1 here.

        The idea of Skyrim (even Fallout, too) is that you're the ultimate bad-ass out there, the chosen one, as it were, to fix the world's ills.

        This banding together nonsense sucks.

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      November 8, 2012 8:20 AM

      This, from Keefer's E3 look is all I need to know:

      The graphics were flat, the combat system uninspiring and the general feel of the game had me thinking of vanilla World of Warcraft.

      I've played enough WoW.

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        November 8, 2012 8:24 AM

        That was half a year ago practically who knows what build they showed, just saying. As for "The graphics were flat" just look at the new vid it doesn't look flat at all, seems obvious they have progressed the game further from when it was first shown.

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      November 8, 2012 8:40 AM

      Only thing I didnt see mentioned was a first person view.

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      November 8, 2012 8:49 AM

      WTS [Scroll of Fus Ro Dah] 8GP PST!!!!
      LFG Valley of Ice!!
      You're so dumb no one wants to do the valley.
      Can someone tell me how to get the secret weapon to the east of Imperial City??
      WTB lvl 60 gloves. Have mats!

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        November 8, 2012 9:05 AM

        Yep it's an MMO. Sounds like it's not for you.

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          November 8, 2012 9:37 AM

          I love MMOs. I'm just having trouble accepting that this is a thing. It does look much more exciting since the last preview, but I doubt I'll pick it up unless they do something really unique for the genre.

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      November 8, 2012 9:02 AM

      What about merchant/crafter chars?

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        November 8, 2012 11:15 AM

        I'm strictly a Supplier. I will find you the reagents you need, at the price you like. Contact TAMRL-152 for dead drop details.

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          November 8, 2012 11:19 AM

          Do you like Alcohol? I have some fine Daggerfall spirits here in my horse pouch... totally legit.

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            November 8, 2012 3:01 PM

            Do you use alchemy? I've got some moon sugar here, totes legit.

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            November 9, 2012 6:04 AM

            If it's not Dagoth brandy I don't want to know.

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      November 8, 2012 9:04 AM

      Looked really nice.

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      November 8, 2012 9:11 AM

      looks great, but... MMO. they really need to do something different with this and if there's a $15/month fee they should just go ahead and fire everyone right now.

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      November 8, 2012 9:25 AM

      Put your money where your mouth is Zenimax.

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      November 8, 2012 9:56 AM

      I have to say the graphics look better then they did when they first revealed the game.

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      November 8, 2012 9:58 AM

      everything you need about it is right in the name: it's Elder Scrolls but it's online

      so we can expect lots and lots of bugs?

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      November 8, 2012 10:18 AM

      Man I just want coop elder scrolls. Actually, I just want a coop roguelike that uses elder scroll's engine.


      COOP roguelikes have never been done before, I think that this would be the next evolution of horde mode.

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        November 8, 2012 10:25 AM

        Yeah, I think all everybody has ever wanted was a co-op Elder Scrolls. Nobody asked for this.

        I love the idea of Co-op roguelikes though... this sounds very interesting. What I would like to see is somewhat similar... I want a fully co-op Dragon's Dogma with up to 4 players. That would be amazing.

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          November 8, 2012 11:28 AM

          Have you guys played Two Worlds II co-op?

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            November 8, 2012 4:46 PM

            No, I actually didn't know that game had co-op. It's on my list but not sure if I'll ever get to it. Is it good?

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              November 8, 2012 6:16 PM

              It's fuckin' fantastic.

              It's not as open-world as Skyrim, but it's super fun.

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      November 8, 2012 11:17 AM

      At least from an artistic and design perspective the game looks great. The environments especially are very impressive. The one thing which keeps me slightly curious about the game is that it sounds like they are trying to keep the combat more on the actiony side as opposed to the WoW style of combat. I probably wont play this game, but this video definitely leaves a better impression than anything they released so far.

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      November 8, 2012 11:20 AM

      It doesn't look like shit. There's that.

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      November 8, 2012 11:42 AM

      Seems like they're creating a game that they know only a few people will want to play.

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      November 8, 2012 1:00 PM

      I'm curious, but need to say way more before I'd say I'm interested.

      And I can't help but wonder about monthly fees. If they're going that route, I think it's destined to fail, and I likely won't buy it.

      But there's definitely some cool stuff there, and the player cooperation thing (which sounds like GW2) is definitely something I like to hear.

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      November 8, 2012 1:04 PM

      If the game plays as good as it looks....I'm secretly excited...

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      November 8, 2012 1:27 PM

      well it's certainly an easy genre to break out in I'm sure they'll have no problem at all!

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      November 8, 2012 1:30 PM

      "You know what I hate? I fucking HATE money."

      -Bethesda

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      November 8, 2012 2:29 PM

      "we have a really good combat system, you left click and you attack, and your right click to block"

      really? thats it?

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        November 8, 2012 7:17 PM

        It looked pretty simple in all the shots, even compared to the regular ES games which aren't super engaging or dynamic, and those aren't even hindered by the client / server setup and latency an MMO brings with it.

        Sit there and press a few buttons. No one was moving around or anything like that while attacking. If the combat is that static and boring, I really don't see myself playing it. Also, no first person?

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        November 9, 2012 6:05 AM

        To be fair, that's what the combat in regular ES games is pretty much.

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      November 8, 2012 2:47 PM

      Yeah, I'm playing this. These people know how to make an RPG so they already got my money. It's the whole MMO thing they need to refine & work on but I bet it will be good.

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      November 8, 2012 4:02 PM

      I see nothing compelling or unique about this MMO. It reeks of blandness and doesn't even seem to take inspiration from the previous TES games. The standout achievement of those games was their realism and immersion. This has cartoonish characters, blocky environments, purple fog... It reminds me of World of Warcraft, not an Elder Scrolls game.

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      November 8, 2012 6:56 PM

      Looks good, but can you mod it?

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        November 8, 2012 6:58 PM

        look at the boobs on that mud crab!

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      November 8, 2012 6:59 PM

      RIP single player elder scrolls probably.

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        November 8, 2012 11:30 PM

        You're a regular Michael Pachter.

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        November 8, 2012 11:32 PM

        hahahahaha helllllllll no. if this is another KOTOR grade switchover to an MMO, heads will roll.

        how do I know?

        I will fucking cut them off myself

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      November 8, 2012 7:14 PM

      But..where are the PANDAS??

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      November 9, 2012 12:45 AM

      I hope that supposed to be a female character @ 2:16, because that's one effeminate running style.

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      November 9, 2012 6:01 AM

      Why is there World of Warcraft in my Elder Scrolls?

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      November 9, 2012 2:00 PM

      "it's Elder Scrolls, but it's Online."

      Yes, but will it be F2P?

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      November 9, 2012 8:57 PM

      Combat looks great there is too few mmos with actual involved combat. Just hoping they give us at least a couple more singleplayer games and don't throw everything on this game.