teso The Elder Scrolls Online E3 trailer and details revealed

E3 has seen a lot of focus on console gaming, but the PC market is still going strong, particularly the MMO genre, which will soon see another rival in the form of The Elder Scrolls Online.

E3 has seen a lot of focus on console gaming, but the PC market is still going strong, particularly the MMO genre, which will soon see another rival in the form of The Elder Scrolls Online.

 
At the gaming conference the developer behind the game, ZeniMax, which is licensing the title from Bethesda, revealed a teaser trailer of what we can expect.
 
 
“Teaser” is pretty appropriate, as the video just gives us a glimpse of the various races. However, an exclusive SpikeTV interview with Paul Sage, Game Director, provides a first look at the in-game world and some additional gameplay details.
 
 
The first thing that is apparent is that the art style is a little more cartoony than fans of the recent Skryim title will be used to. This is not entirely surprising, as the game will be competing with World of Warcraft and many MMO developers claim that art needs to be toned down a little to prevent lag in such an expansive world with so many players involved. Sage's explanation for the change is less convincing; he says that the reason is because there are so many cultures involved.
 
teso1 The Elder Scrolls Online E3 trailer and details revealed
 
teso2 The Elder Scrolls Online E3 trailer and details revealed
 
In terms of gameplay, players can choose from one of three factions, which will span the key areas of the original games: Morrowind, Dagorfall, and Skyrim.
 
The game will play fairly traditionally, allowing players considerable freedom in choosing quest lines, with some quest givers coming to the player, which is an interesting twist. The UI is also a major focus, with efforts to make it as minimal as possible, to make the combat feel more immersive.
 
There is no footage of combat, nor any information on how that will play out, but we can likely expect it to be a cross between the Elder Scrolls games and World of Warcraft.
 
Of course, fans of the single-player games need to bear in mind that while this is the same world, with its deep lore, it is not the same people behind it, as Bethesda is little more than a licenser and publisher for this title. How the game pairs up to the classics then is anyone's guess.
 
The Elder Scrolls Online is due out in 2013.