The Elder Scrolls Online Preview: It’s Like Skyrim – Online
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More PvP Info:
- When you join a PvP zone, you’ll be scaled up to approximately level 50. You’ll be able to hold your own, but someone who’s actually level 50 have more skills and abilities than you.
- Siege weapons can be purchased using Alliance points, and rams, ballistae, catapults, and trebuchets can be packed up and re-positioned.
- There will be a PvP rankings system. You’ll be able to earn Alliance Ranks which will grant you titles, as well as giving you access to purchase weapons and armor. There’s even a PvP skill line that you’ll be able to gain access to.
- Leveling through PvP will not be on the same pace as PvE leveling, because other players don’t just show up to die.
- Stealth/Sneaking is a factor in PvP, but there are ways to detect it. Damaging a sneaking player will reveal them , as will spells designed for that purpose. Additionally, sneaking using stamina, and therefore going into battle sneaking will put you at a disadvantage.
- NPC villages will be Alliance-neutral, but if you hold the nearby keep, guards will patrol the town, making it safer for you to do business there (But not 100% safe).
Other Game Info:
- Fast travel is in TESO. Once you visit a point called a Wayshrine, you can travel back there from anywhere on the map. If you’re at a Wayshrine, you can go to any other Wayshrine for free. If you’re out in the wild, it will cost you gold – you’ll also be limited in how often you can do this.
- Yes, you’ll be able to make and eat Sweet Rolls and Fishy Sticks.
- You will be able to loot items from houses, crates, barrels and the like. Plans are that respawn rates for loot will be fast enough that you won’t always find empty containers.
- You’ll be able to get most skill lines in the game, with a few exceptions. You can’t be a vampire and a werewolf at the same time, for example, and there are some class/racial exclusives.
Last week ZeniMax Online and Bethesda gave GameFront a sneak peek at their upcoming AAA MMORPG, The Elder Scrolls Online. This is the first time we’ve been able to actually play the game as well as get a look at what’s planned for the title at launch. And we liked what we saw.
This is Skyrim Online
If you enjoyed Skyrim and its DLCs, you’re going to enjoy TESO. It hits everything that made Skyrim great: deep world immersion, build-your-own class system, exploration-based content, action-based combat, discovery-based crafting and minimal UI intrusion. And yes, there will be vampirism as well as the fighters’ and mages’ guilds.
The biggest difference here is that this is an MMO and that means you are playing on one big megaserver with everyone else, allowing for more social and group interaction than in Skyrim. You’ll have an opportunity to group with three other players for instanced dungeons, join larger groups for raid content, and interact with hundreds in the PvP zone. The smaller differences include a lack of a lifelong companion (sorry Lydiashippers), no dragon souls to absorb (that I saw) and no player housing to clutter with thousands of bowls and brooms.
Deep World Immersion
Beautiful landscapes, intricate clothing textures, and a melodic soundtrack — it’s all there to draw you into the continent of Tamriel. Though a first-person mode that includes the character’s hands on the screen was not available for my play session, I saw a demo of it and it brought a whole new level of visceral experience to the game.
The voice-acted dialogue of the NPCs sounded natural and immediately drew me in. My favorite part about the storyline I encountered (without spoiling) is that you aren’t asked to be “the hero” many times by other characters. The NPCs often are happy to simply bribe you to get you to do their bidding. I like being the hero, but I also like shiny rewards. This game often separates the two.
The only caveat I can add here is that I was playing on a PC that was loaded to the gills. The game was running on the maximum settings for me to enjoy all the visual splendor it had to offer. I’m not sure how this is going to play on an average player’s system.
[UPDATE}Since returning from the event, Bethesda has informed us that the TESO engine is “one that the team at ZeniMax Online has built themselves and is not the same as the Creation Engine used by Bethesda Game Studios” for Skyrim. They also emphasized that TESO is “being built so that if you’ve purchased a laptop within the last 5 years or so, you’ll be able to run it.” While we obviously haven’t had a chance to test the game on other systems, this assurance from Bethesda is nice to have.