Elder Scrolls Online Won’t Have Companions, Player Housing

When I think of The Elder Scrolls, I tend to think of two things: companions and houses. Wandering the wilderness can get awfully lonely, after all, and once you’ve delved into that dungeon, you’ll want a place to show off all of your sick loot.

Those anxious to create their own retinue and household in The Elder Scrolls Online will, unfortunately, be sorely disappointed. Bethesda seems to be focusing more on multiplayer interaction (not necessarily a bad thing!) than the bells and whistles of the solo player’s experience.

I can understand removing companions — other players can fill that role, after all — but houses? Housing is a pretty vital feature of the Elder Scrolls series, and I’m going to be very sad if I have to go without a rack to show off my latest hand-crafted absurdly-powerful weapon. Not to mention the potential of having thieves steal from player houses. Casing somebody’s home sounds like a lot of fun!

We’ve got a ton more details in our full The Elder Scrolls Online hands-on preview.

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7 Comments on Elder Scrolls Online Won’t Have Companions, Player Housing


On March 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Love Bethesda but they can kiss my backside on this one. Sounds like pure cr-p to me. I’ll wait till they do something with single player in mind. Wouldn’t touch this if they paid me.


On March 19, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Just remember….. this isn’t Bethesda. They are tangentially related to it with the lore, but this is basically their parent company spinning off an online division.

Bethesda has said they will still do future Elder Scrolls Single Player games (one can only hope!)


On March 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm

They should add player owned housing and the ability to hire guards and the option of laying out traps to catch would be thief’s from stealing you’re loot.


On August 26, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Wow seriously no housing ? Sorely disappointing indeed…


On October 10, 2013 at 12:28 pm

This was the dumbest idea to go online with The Elder Scrolls. I think they can do an online version for those who don’t mind idiots ruining ones game-play and let Bethesda make a single player Elder Scrolls 6 for those of us who don’t play well with others. My favorite thing in the whole game was buying and building my house. Jerks.


On March 7, 2014 at 3:46 am

Think about it…How complicated would it be to put houses out there for everyone to own one. Granted you could probably have the houses in major cities be divided in a way that lets say 6 people who all own the same house walk in and you are one of them then you are the only one in there and maybe you could invite your party in, although there wouldn’t be a point of them joining you. As far as breaking in and hijacking their crap…your an ass…but then again so am I so if they ever figure it out we could try to steal each others stuff…Deal? :) I am disappointed as well though. Just because it would be highly convenient to have all the crafting tables in one spot.


On April 11, 2014 at 7:56 am

as for a house they wouldn’t need to make a lot more house’s just have the same about of house in the city like they use to before skyrim and when you enter it it goes to a load screen like a dungeon and loads only your house no one could steal from you or you from them but every one would get a house