MMOs in an existing franchise always present certain issues: You need enough conceptual space to advance a game’s storyline, but you may not want to be locked in to never doing another title in the franchise. So The Elder Scrolls Online has to be set in just the right time period for the game to work. In a recent video interview, creative director Paul Sage and content designer Rich Lambert sat down to talk about the why behind the when.
Sage and Lambert explain that the real draw to this particular time period was the fact that there’s neither a great deal of recorded in-game history nor a lot of huge events that might affect future titles — it’s a time when almost anything can happen without derailing future events in the universe. The duo also discusses keeping the game aligned with existing lore and ensuring that nothing gets thrown off by mistake. Those looking forward to the game will want to watch the full interview, which goes into more details regarding specifics of lore and setting.