Friday Flame Wars: Is the Elder Scrolls MMO a Good Idea?


Friday Flame Wars is a recurring feature on GameFront. We present a hot-button issue, and then encourage a no-holds-barred commenting battle royale healthy debate within our community.

Game Front was on the case back in 2007, when ZeniMax Media first registered the domain ZeniMax and Bethesda took their sweet time putting it to use, but when they finally did, the news splashed into the placid surface of the Internet like a horker sliding off an iceberg.

Yesterday’s news was soon followed by more information and even a trailer, but some fans were dismayed. Would the Elder Scrolls Online represent the dilution and commercialization of their beloved franchise? Or would it enable Bethesda to bring their fictional world to life on the grand scale it deserves? MMO-hating singleplayer devotees and raid-grouping diehards were soon at each other’s throats.

With debate rampant, we thought we’d let the Game Front community have it out in the comments. Is the Elder Scrolls MMO a good idea, or a terrible one? Let us know. After all, you can’t level Speech unless you use the skill.

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12 Comments on Friday Flame Wars: Is the Elder Scrolls MMO a Good Idea?


On May 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm

OMG, the totally cringe-worthy link you added in there. *hangs head in shame*

I am better now. Promise (sometimes anway)


On May 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Well, seeing how Bethesda is a developper notorious for making buggy games and has not gotten any experience yet in the multiplayer medium, I think that the launch day of this game will be quite interesting to witness :)


On May 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I would hope that Bethesda would leave this title as a single player game. If they must make an MMO have it so people can play single player or with close small groups,similar to what has been done to Diablo3. Also i hope they leave the MODing available to the players.This feature has extended the life of Skyrim on Steam and made some wounderful add ons.I like MMO’s, i play and test many,but Elder Scrolls is to mucg fun as a single player to mess it up.


On May 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm

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On May 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm

The more I hear about it the more skeptical I am. It WOULD be a good idea if it was different and had the Elder Scrolls feel, but the screens and the lack of real-time combat is telling me “brace for another WoW”. I admit the prospect of visiting Vvardenfell again has me intrigued, but they really need to try harder to make a truly unique MMO.


On May 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm

It is not a good idea when it is going to be just another generic MMO.

What everyone wants is Skyrim with friends, not WoW with an Elder Scrolls skinpack on top


On May 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Honestly, Skyrim already have most of what makes an MMO game so great, and more, without being a MMO. The one thing that it really lacks is real people besides yourself in it, and a balanced means to interact with them so as to not ruin the gaming experience. In fact, I’m not even sure a MMO would be the best solution here, I’d be content with a 4-8 players co-op.


On May 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Not every franchise needs to be turned into an MMO; there is something fun about dedicated single player campaigns, and honestly I’d rather have a full, legitimate story and have COOPERATIVE play with a few other people.


On May 5, 2012 at 6:50 am

It’s a terrible idea.

Everyone is going to play a mage.

Stealth is going to be broken.

Whatever focus they are making on this they should put in towards Skyrim DLC, I mean all of Tamriel is already in the game, they could expand on that.


On May 5, 2012 at 7:28 am

I agree with Freedonnadd, it would be much better suited as a co-op then a mmo. My only concern would be the glitches.


On May 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Nop. That just means there most likely won’t be Elder Scrolls 6 which is kinda sad.. (or okay-ish seeing as 5 has turned out to be..)

Red Menace

On May 6, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Going to be buggy as .