The Elder Scrolls Online Preview: It’s Like Skyrim – Online
One of the big features touted in TESO is world PvP. At the center of the three alliances lies the zone of Cyrodiil. There are about 20 keeps on that map, and each one can be fought over by the three factions. Destructible walls, siege weapons, hand-to-hand combat and sniping supply lines are all part of the strategy to control the most castles at a time. There’s even flaming oil that can be dropped on the heads of the those trying to break down your front gate.
We didn’t get too many details on PvP. Is there a benefit to the whole alliance for owning most of the keeps? What mechanisms are in place to prevent one side from dominating because of server population imbalances? How do PvP gear rewards compare to their PvE counterparts? More will be revealed later in the year, we suppose.
I inquired about support for role players in TESO, but unfortunately, it sounds rather limited so far. There will be no player housing, no cosmetic outfit system and no way to dye armor. The closest thing RP’ers will get is disguises. Certain PvE quests give you a disguise to wear that changes your entire appearance, usually to sneak past enemy lines. You’ll be able to keep those disguises and put them on at any time. Other than that, RP opportunities will have to be cobbled together with imagination and persistence.
No word yet on the pricing model ZeniMax will employ for the game, though developers hinted that they may make that announcement at E3 this year. Until then, three classes will be playable at PAX East this weekend for the first time. You can already sign up for beta on the TESO website, and we await the first round of closed beta to explore its world further. There’s also no word on the exact launch date yet, but the devs did confirm that the Mac OS version will launch at the same time as the PC version.
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