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First Screen And Details On Elders Scrolls Online

One picture may be worth a thousand words, but even that isn’t enough to convey the breadth of ZeniMax’s new MMO.

Yesterday you got a glimpse of Game Informer’s June cover story, Elder Scrolls Online. Today, we give you an exclusive first look at what the game will look like in action.

What’s going on here?
In this image, you can see a couple player characters battling some Storm Atronachs. Storm Atronach are a species of daedra (divine creatures that come from magical dimensions) that are constructed from stone and held together by magic. The most powerful of all the atronachs, Storm Atronach are immune to normal weapons and shock attacks, are resistant to poisons, and can reflect spells back at their caster.

Is that all?
Behind the battle is a series of daedric ruins. These great towers were built long ago by an ancient race of people, but they’re not the only landmarks players will discover throughout their journey. As players travel through Skyrim, Morrowind, Cyrodiil, and the rest of Tamriel they will encounter various dwarven ruins, ancient nordic tombs, decayed dwemer buildings, and many other ancient locales, some of which players may have discovered in previous Elder Scrolls games.

I still want more!
We know you do, but that’s all for today. If you missed it, Elder Scrolls Online’s first teaser trailer released earlier today, and check back next week for more exclusive Elder Scrolls content.

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  • The mage looks cool but the warrior's face looks a bit weird... Still I

    d play this. But I just hope it's not like almost every other MMO where its a quest gather of a quest kill to get through it... those just bore me where the whole game pretty much revolves around quest and barely has anything for you to do outside of a quest


    What the **********! Bethesda? You used to be so cool, and now you're making the same mistake that every other MMO with amazing potential has made in the last 10 years. You've made your characters look like clay cartoon Gumby people. This style made WoW stupid looking (it's popular IN SPITE OF its graphics). This style ruined SWTOR. This style is the cancer of the MMO gaming industry today. After the beauty of Skyrim the only thing missing from your games was choice in the base facial dissymmetry for the player characters and an animation system allowing Batman Arkham City or Prince Of Persia levels of smoothness, but now you're unleashing this atrocity?!

  • Can somebody PLEASE explain to me why the hell every single MMO in existence looks identical to almost every other MMO?

  • "Those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind" -Dr Seuss. Haters gonna hate, but honestly people, let's reserve our judgement until after we have more than just one screenshot and a teaser trailer.
  • Everybody just calm down, you've only seen 1 bloody picture
  • Still don't think TES should be going MMO...

  • This may be the first MMO I play ,looking forward to more news.

  • This may be a good thing, it was only a matter of time before TES went online or at least incorporated a multiplayer feature. This is being handled by a separate team than the one behind Skyrim etc, takes the pressure off them to create something online so they can focus on kick-ass single player RPG's.

  • I'm not liking that cartoonish look, or that it may be third person...

    We need realistic first-person MMOs!

  • How disappoining, I would have much rather enjoyed the integration of multiplayer into Skyrim.

  • Huh...... i think i thought this game was supposed to look like like Skyrim, not a retexture of koar. There go my expectaions.

  • i just want them to keep the same looking characters don't go all knights of the old republic child look or WoW the way they are is perfect no combat changes or anything is needed.

  • Lets be realistic here everyone. Due to the limits of latency networking, the current-day consumer's personal computers (gaming computers are a minority), as well as a slew of other variables that must be considered, the likelihood of this game looking like Skyrim was slim to none. It's easy for a single player game, where the developer has control over the number of polygons in a given area, to have close to photo-realistic graphics. It's not so easy when you have hundreds, if not thousands of players running around in a persistent world much larger than Skyrim while maintaining a playable experience for all.

    When it comes to making an MMO, the rules of the game change and anything one knows about a single player RPG goes out the window (which is why most transitions from single player to MMO usually are rough at best if not failures). ZeniMax Online is going to do what works within the limits of technology today and what will offer the most dynamic and compelling experience in a massively multiplayer environment. Part of the reason why WoW became so popular is because it essentially set the standard for what works in an MMO and did it well.

    It's still far too early to start judging the game based on a screen shot. Until we get more information about the game, and until players can actually beta test what it will have to offer, any prior conjecture will be merely speculative and non-constructive. Lets just allow ZeniMax Online to actually finish the game, then we can judge whether they are moving TES in a respectable direction or spiraling it down towards an inevitable crash.
  • At first I was really excited. But they're veering the art direction in a weird way.

    I'm sure the multiplayer will be messed up too.

    Remember guild wars? The towns were hubs, and everyone was in the hub.

    But when you left the town, you entered a separate instance with your party.

    Why don't they just implement that into skyrim somehow? It would be alot better then... This.

  • I had been really excited for the elder scrolls MMO until I saw that screenshot. It looks AWFUL. It looks like it came straight out of Rift or if someone tweaked WoW. That had better not be what the final product looks like, because I won't play that.

  • Probably better than Skyrim, but that's not saying much.

  • Looks pretty stupid. Like a rip-off of Rift and WoW. People should just stick to Skyrim & Oblivion.

  • Is no one gonna comment on the fact that "dwarven ruins" and "decayed dwemer buildings" are the same thing?
  • Check this out:

  • Alot more screens...