The big news of the day is The Elder Scrolls Online (TESO) cinematic trailer. Let’s take a quick look, and then I want to offer up my thoughts.
We all know about trailers. You can buy into them a bit, but you have to really watch yourself; if you loose control you might actually believe the gameplay will be anything like that Legolas ninja shadowstalker sniper. It’s never going to happen in our lifetime. Nevertheless, it was quite exhilerating to watch and imagine myself in such a position. This trailer shows me that TESO will have some money behind it, and they’re not goign to spare any expense with the hype and marketing.
Clearly this trailer showcases the three-way alliance PvP. (AvA?) What I want to know is just how central this PvP conflict will be to the rest of the game. Is this going to be a huge focus? Is the PvP what they want to drive everyone toward? I think that would be a mistake.
In my opinion, they should focus on creating an amazing and innovative PvE experience in TESO. PvP has ruined more games in the last ten years than it has helped, and we haven’t received any innovations or PvE. I have a feeling that the game is currently on a trajectory to try and capture some form of RvR 3-way conflict market. If they do that, and fail to pull it off perfectly, it will be a superficial/shallow themepark mess.
Here’s hoping that TESO doesn’t focus on PvP. Yep, I said it.