Elder Scrolls Online Will Have Single Player Campaign

So guess what: In addition to the multiplayer campaign of The Elder Scrolls Online, the upcoming MMO version of the much-lauded RPG series, there will also be a single-player campaign.

As Director Matt Firor told Game Informer, the idea is to make sure the game is exciting to players as they run through the most important story bits. Here’s a quote from the video interview: “The last thing you want to do is have the final confrontation with Mehrunes Dagon as he’s stomping across the Imperial City, and you see like 15 guys behind you waiting to kill him because they’re on the same quest.”

So it sounds like there will be portions of the game geared toward being addressed in a single player way, without being out in the world with other players. As Destructoid points out, that’s a lot like what Star Wars: The Old Republic does — the game uses instances to separate players so that the story feels immediate and unique to them. Only one player of the class whose story is being delivered can enter those instances at a time.

To me, this whole single player MMO idea is a bit dubious. What’s the point of playing an MMO — and paying a subscription fee — if you’re just going to play it alone? Already toeing the line with me is SWTOR, which keeps me engaged because I really do dig the story, but I never play with others. Basically, I’m paying a subscription to an RPG.

Feels like we could be on a slippery slope here, and I don’t like the gaping Sarlacc pit at the bottom. What do you guys think?

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5 Comments on Elder Scrolls Online Will Have Single Player Campaign


On May 21, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I’ve heard a lot of people say that they prefer an expanded TESV: Skyrim with coop/PvP modes.


On May 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm

For a franchise I normally get hyped up about, this game just doesn’t sound appealing.


On May 22, 2012 at 7:10 am

wow…. i alwase loved elder scrolls and i alwase hated MMORPG……. i never bought a pay per month game… and im not gonna start now, what a shame runining a good game, they should of made a bloody new game that looks like skyrim but with coop…….. they are so dumb to ruin the whole game just to make money per month.


On May 22, 2012 at 8:26 am

IF they give up on the subscription model and go the Guild Wars model ($60+expansions) I can see this working. For me, the whole idea is stupid, but as an Elder Scrolls fan, the main draw would be visiting other areas of Tamriel in a (hopefully) prettied-up engine. That said, Skyrim is rather ugly until you install mods on top of it, so I’m seriously doubting this game will look good.


On May 22, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Elder Scrolls games have never looked graphically stunning up close, always from a distance.

As far as this news, look at the way SW:TOR is performing, and see if this is a sustainable business model. The entire idea of “we need to emphasize story” in MMORPG’s sounds fantastic, until you actually think it through.