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.

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2 Comments on The Elder Scrolls Online: Meet The Scamp


On July 26, 2013 at 9:53 am

Glad to see more “fantasy” monsters in the game. The only true letdown I had with Skyrim was that you didn’t really ever fight mythical or fantasy monsters that had randomly spawned in the wild (aside from the rare atronach and the dragons), not counting giants but they aren’t really “magical and fantasy” beings in my eyes.

I for one am happy to see the return of the scamp and hope that other basic creatures (Like goblins, WHY no goblins in vanilla Skyrim?) depicted in fantasy to be included as well.


On July 26, 2013 at 1:53 pm

The spriggans were pretty out there…