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Elder Scrolls Online announcement generates fan backlash

We’ve yet to see even a hint of gameplay for the newly announced Elder Scrolls Online, but a good portion of the fan reaction to the news has been negative, according to a report at GamesIndustry.biz. The site says that many of the comments on Bethesda’s blog were filled with…

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Elder Scrolls Online leaks flood the web

The internet and rabid fandom being what they are, it’s next to impossible for gaming press outlets to keep their exclusive information exclusive for very long. So it went with Game Informer’s The Elder Scrolls Online reveal, which is slated to appear in its June print edition. Posters at NeoGAF,…

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Elder Scrolls creative director: We want to make a good game first

The recently announced Elder Scrolls MMO has a lot to live up to. If the initial fan reaction is any indication, it’s not doing as well as you might expect in the court of public opinion. Creative director Paul Sage recently stepped in front of the camera to talk at…

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Analyst predicts The Elder Scrolls Online will launch with a subscription fee

Are you hoping that The Elder Scrolls Online will be part of the classic subscription model rather than go the free-to-play route? According to analyst Nicholas Lovell, founder of Gamesbrief, the odds are good that you’ll get your wish. Lovell notes that since the game began development in 2007, when…

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Translating The Elder Scrolls Online dev speak

Disclaimer: The Soapbox column is entirely the opinion of this week’s writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of Massively as a whole. If you’re afraid of opinions other than your own, you might want to skip this column. Language is a pretty fascinating thing, and studying a second…

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The ESO factions profiled

Three alliances control the political scene in The Elder Scrolls Online’s Tamriel, and Game Informer is taking a closer look at all of them, starting with the Daggerfall Covenant and the Aldmeri Dominion. The Daggerfell Covenant is made up of the Orcs (also called Orsimer), Bretons, and Redguards — although…

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Matt Firor on The Elder Scrolls Online’s solo personal story

Games in the Elder Scrolls series have always been about giving players the opportunity to become the game’s hero, and it looks like The Elder Scrolls Online will be no different. The title’s game director, Matt Firor, has announced that each character’s main storyline in the game will be “100%…

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The ESO Ebonheart Pact faction profiled

The flashlight of knowledge has already been directed at two of The Elder Scroll Online’s three main political factions, and now the third is getting a little time in the light. We’ve already told you about the Daggerfall Covenant and the Aldmeri Dominion, and today Game Informer is closing out…

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Creative staff discuss the story setting of The Elder Scrolls Online

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…

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Discussing the design of quests into The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online has certain player expectations going in, such as an expectation of the sort of quest structure you usually find in the series. More specifically, it’s the sort of structure in which you start off on some simple quest and wind up wandering off into some completely…