I've decided too stop reading online forums and such about my favorite games. Those who know me will know I play a lot of MMO's, and it's just getting easier every passing year, with all of them being free too play.
Like really free too play, just download the game and go. The ability too have a game were a bunch of people getting online and creating much harder challenges than any bot can face is excellent, and unparalleled from AI. You can't get something that is constantly adapting too your tactics from a computer program, no matter how complexe, you can always predict it's movements.
Which is why the possibility of an online elder scrolls game is such a promising thought. Like the last few games I've played, this one is free too download and play. And I think thats the only elder scrolls game who can claim that. I have a bit more infromation about the game.
First, it's in Beta, just go and sign up, and you may get a key, just don't forget, it's beta, the launched game could be vastly different from beta.
Second, Announced via live gameplay it WILL have a classic first person camera with the elder scrolls feel, which is excellent in and of itself. But the fact of the matter is this: it was demonstrated in a large scale 60 vs. 60 battle on the beta test server. Lagless. Now this entire experience was run using a PC much of us would kill for, but I'm betting if you have an even remotely modern PC that the game will run well, though the graphics may have too be turned down. Those of you whom have a 2k$ custom gaming machine like my Titan will finally get the large scale experience you've been waiting for, for nearly ten or so years now.
Third, is the amount of content. It's been announced each faction has 150+ hours of PvE gameplay, which for non-MMO players is an acronym for "Player vs. Environment" or you fighting bots and developing story for yourself. The bots dynamically interract with each other, and call allies, moreso than even skyrim. IE. A spriggan will call woodland animals too aid in battle, and as a result these animals become much more lethal. As always, bots will likely be predictable, but the fights from what I saw had strategy too them at least. Finally, after you complete your first storyline, you're aloud too align with a second faction, doubling your gameplay amount, and then after said faction is complete, you can join the last faction, whatever that may be, tripling the final amount of gameplay.
Fourth, Unlike prior elder scrolls games, there are four classes, the original three, which is Knight, Mage, and finally Thief. The fourth unreleased class only has a name right now, and almost no details are known about it. It is called a "Nightblade". Assassin class anyone? I'm very excited about this, and am hoping it's a class based more on the support role, adding agility and evasion too your groups arsenal, and perhaps increasing sneak attack power. It may or may not be very different from the Thief, time will only tell us that.
Fifth, All crafting skills will be there, and the list is such:
Provisioning (Food and supplies)
Of the five, provisioning you get standard, and are able too specialize into other things beyond this.
Sixth, joining guilds will unlock more specialized option for your character. No not those guilds, the Fighter and Mages guild. Unfortunately, from what I've read, the Thieves Guild and Assassins guild will not be ready for launch, but if they don't come into play a year afterward, I doubt the game would be very good too start with. You don't make an elder scrolls game without a Thieves or Assassins guild.
Let me re-itterate this: THIS GAME WILL BE FREE TOO PLAY AT LAUNCH. YES there will likely be a micromanagement system, and yes there will probably be a subscription setup as well, but IF you cannot play 90% of the game for free, I will EAT my own graphics card. That said, if you like elder scrolls even remotely, then there is NO reason for you too not download the game after launch and play. Many of my friends I know have expressed a "Meh" interest in it, and I cannot comprehend why. We've been itching for an MMO to all play together anyways. I'm itching for this way more than they can imagine, to run into battle with my friends screaming "TOO VICTORY!!!!" with my battleaxe held above my head. Thats so much more epic than some stupid large battle in planetside or EVE.
So you like Elder Scrolls? PLAY IT! It might surprise you. What've you got to lose if it doesn't?