Bethesda Reveals Info About Elder Scrolls Online Mechanics, Lore
Bethesda revealed a number of details pertaining to the lore of The Elder Scrolls Online, which will expand upon the existing setting made popular by Skyrim, Oblivion, and Morrowind before it. The new game is being developed at Zenimax Online Studios, and is set a thousand years before the events of Skyrim.
As the company’s first MMORPG and the series’ first foray into an online environment, the upcoming game has big shoes to fill not just in terms of its lore but also in its ability to compete against the likes of World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2 and other MMORPGs.
To that end, Bethesda has revealed that the Snow Elves are a “near-forgotten legend”, just as they are in Skyrim, and their evolution into the Falmer is a secret that may be discovered as players explore the game. The studio revealed that the emperor’s protectors—the Blades—have yet to exist in this period, but their predecessors, the Akaviri Dragonguard, do. Interestingly enough, the Eight Divines are worshipped throughout Cyrodiil but take on different forms based on the culture—lacking the uniformity of the later ages.
Bethesda says that, like Skyrim, players will be able to develop a wide variety of characters with different playstyles ranging from tanks and healers to damage dealers. Additionally, characters will be able to dual wield weapons. Much like Skyrim, the game will be fully voiced and offer a host of lore books for players to delve through when they’re not adventuring.
Further details about the game can be found on Bethesda’s blog.