The Elder Scrolls Online: Meet The Scamp
Zenimax Online Studios has put together a new video showcasing the Scamp, one of the many creatures inhabiting the planes of Oblivion in their upcoming massively multiplayer online game, The Elder Scrolls Online. Fans of the Elder Scrolls franchise may remember these fireball-shooting nuisances from the fourth game in the series, Oblivion.
The video was released to accompany a blog post explaining the design process that went behind the development of the Scamp, who looks quite a bit like the “Bat Boy” from the Weekly World News satirical newspaper.
In ESO, we wanted the scamp to have a big personality despite his diminutive stature. As always, we looked carefully at the existing art and lore for the scamp when we began creating concept art. Our artists wanted to capture the scamp’s agility and attitude in their concepts to give our animators a good base to work from, since animations would be so important in giving the scamp a unique feel.
Even though the Elder Scrolls setting is generally serious, we all know that there’s plenty of humor to be found. The scamp’s behaviors (especially its melodramatic death animation) can be comical, but they fit its size and attitude very well. Its abilities— like fireballs launched from its hands and raining from the sky—are intense and serious, and make it feel bigger than its voice and actions really are.
The scamp’s voice also has a little humor to it. Several of the monsters in ESO speak their own special languages that aren’t comprehensible to the player. Every now and then, you’ll hear the scamp gibbering away crazily in its own little language, which is known to get a laugh or two when noticed. Be careful, though! The scamp is still dangerous, and you may find yourself locked in a deadly, fiery battle if you spend too long giggling.
The game is set for release in 2014 on the PC and Mac.