Before we get to what I really want to talk about, can someone tell me when the decision was made to call the game “ESO” instead of “TESO?” Anyway…
We have a date! 4.4.14 will mark the launch of THE Elder Scrolls Online. I am so torn on this one guys. In yesterday’s WildStar post I felt reasonably confident saying my chances of playing were zilch because the game is blatantly going a direction that bores me. I really can’t figure out what I think about TESO, though.
I can’t shake this feeling in my gut that an epic fail is sneaking up on us. I feel like everything related to The Elder Scrolls Online is ‘murky’ and a half-truth. Is it an MMO or a multiplayer Elder Scrolls? We’ve been told both to appease both camps. We’re told the PvP is massive and open-world, but then we se it’s lobbied and looks like WoW’s Wintergrasp. Every time I read something from Matt Firor I’m questioning whether or not what I’m reading is total BS to sell boxes. At the end of the day I am still sitting here shaking my head thinking, “WTF is The Elder Scrolls Online?”
TIP: That’s not a good thing!
I watched the above trailer and wasn’t impressed at all. Actually, let me clarify something. When I first watched it I let the “omg omg omg it’s The Elder Scrolls with other people and catapults!” cause me to start shaking with anticipation. Didn’t take long before the janky looking slide-turning animations to take hold. Then I realized what they’re doing is making the same type of gameplay I remember from WAR look better by using cinematography. Am I jaded or just being real here?
There’s a strong themepark arcade feel to what I’m seeing, and that is NOT what The Elder Scrolls is about. I feel it in my gut. I’ve learned to trust that feeling as the warning signs for impending buyer’s remorse. Curse this cognitive dissonance!