• Designing the Needy NPCs of The Elder Scrolls Online The Elder Scrolls Online SiegeSo how do you make NPCs in a game as big as an Elder Scrolls game act in ways that don’t creep out the player? We’ve all seen what can go wrong when Skyrim NPCs glitch out, so we know the answer is “very carefully.” But  Mike Junbluth, an animator who has worked on The Elder Scrolls Online and other games, has a system.
    Junbluth recently outlined his approach at the 2014 Game Developer Conference, in a talk called “Establishing an Ecology for NPCs.” It’s based in part on psychologist Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, a theory that puts the most basic human ...
  • Skyrim Versus The Elder Scrolls Online Skyrim Vs. The Elder Scrolls OnlineIGN has an intriguing article comparing the Skyrim from Skyrim to the Skyrim from The Elder Scrolls Online. As you can see in the above image, the same locations tend to look a lot less grandiose.
    IGN’s Leif Johnson had a lot of favorable things to say about how The Elder Scrolls Online experience invoked the feeling of earlier Elder Scrolls games, but wrote that even its best moments “Elder Scrolls Online only makes me homesick.”
    “My journeys presented an unintended consequence–they made me want to boot up Skyrim to see the differences. Several hours in ESO can make you forget how vast ...
  • Five Million People Have Registered for the The Elder Scrolls Online Beta The Elder Scrolls Online EmperorThe Elder Scrolls Online Director Matt Firor released a new letter today thanking players on the eve of this weekend’s final PC/Mac beta stress test. He has a lot of nice things to say, but one piece of info that stands out is that five million players have registered for the The Elder Scrolls Online beta.
    “If you’re reading this, you’re probably one of the 5 million people that have registered for the ESO beta, and likely participated in one of our large beta tests. That’s a wonderfully large number of people who have become part of our ESO community, and ...
  • Put Real-Life Elder Scrolls Books on Your Shelf With The Hero’s Guides to TESO Hero's Guide to The Elder Scrolls Online
    As a bibliophile or, if you want to put it more bro-tastically, bookworm, I’ve spent hours just reading the books in the Elder Scrolls games. And if you’re like me, I’m sure you’ll understand why I have never been more excited for a piece of Elder Scrolls merchandise than for this upcoming set, The Hero’s Guides to The Elder Scrolls Online.
    The set contains three real-life books filled with Elder Scrolls illustrations and lore. Even if you don’t give a damn about the MMORPG, if you love the lore these would be gorgeous to have for a shelf.

    The three books included ...

  • Bethesda Defends The Elder Scrolls Online Monthly Fee Imperial TESO
    Lots of people have balked at the proposition of paying $14.99 a month to play The Elder Scrolls Online, but Bethesda Vice President of Public Relations Pete Hines told Gamespot the fee allows the company to continually support the game with significant new content.
    “We feel pretty strongly about the support we’re going to have for the game and what you’re going to get for those dollars,” he said when asked why The Elder Scrolls Online was not pursuing a free-to-play model. “We’re also very confident in our ability to support it with content. And not content of the magnitude of, ...
  • Next The Elder Scrolls Online Beta This Weekend The Elder Scrolls Online Fight With A SnakeA little bit low-key, but it was confirmed on Twitter yesterday that there will be another The Elder Scrolls Online beta event this weekend. Invites should be going out today.
    The next #ESO beta event for PC/Mac will take place this coming weekend. We’ll send out invites tomorrow. Get excited!
    Sign up for future beta events at https://www.elderscrollsonline.com/en/beta.
    The official The Elder Scrolls Online Twitter also shared that this will be the last large-scale beta for PC/Mac and that beta events are coming for consoles “at a later date.”
    The Elder Scrolls Online releases to the PC and Mac on April 4, 2014 and to ...
  • New Features Coming to The Elder Scrolls Online The Edler Scrolls Online ShowdownIt looks like Zenimax is listening to fan criticisms and comments from the The Elder Scrolls Online beta events and making changes. Zenimax Creative Director Paul Sage recently dropped into Reddit to talk about some of the changes that are planned, including a fix for phasing issues that have irritated many beta players. Here it is in Sage’s own words:
    I just wanted to drop a line in to talk about some things coming to the game in the future that we thought you might want to know about. Of course, there is way more happening than what is listed here, ...
  • Check Out The Creatures of The Elder Scrolls Online TESO Anchor Guardianhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_YJliDGA10
    IGN recently posted a cool video showing the various creatures you can meet and beat in The Elder Scrolls Online. Giants, wolves, and atronachs. Oh my!
    Please imagine me saying “Oh my!” in a George Takei voice.
    The video also provides a glimpse of how the combat plays out.
    Sign up for future beta events at https://www.elderscrollsonline.com/en/beta.
    The Elder Scrolls Online releases to the PC and Mac on April 4, 2014 and to the Xbox One and PS4 in June of 2014.
  • Why The Elder Scrolls Online Was Rated M by the ESRB The Elder Scrolls Online Siege
    The earlier announcement of the rating was probably no surprise as it’s the same rating as Skyrim, but it’s interesting to see the justification for such things. According to the Entertainment Software Ratins Board’s recently released official synopsis, it looks as if violence, drunkenness, and some really awkward sexual innuendo sealed the deal.
    This is a multiplayer online role-playing game in which players assume the role of a warrior in the fantastical world of Nirn. As players explore open-world environments, they can perform various quests and complete tasks. Characters use swords, arrows, axes, and magic attacks (e.g., lightning, fire attacks) to kill ...
  • The Elder Scrolls Online Beta is Streaming Now The Elder Scrolls Online ArgonianWatch live video from Towelliee on www.twitch.tv
    If you aren’t in The Elder Scrolls Online beta, or just aren’t sure you’re ready to commit to trying it yet, you can still watch it, because now that the NDA is down various livestreams planned for the weekend.
    Towelliee’s attempt is worth checking out. Tamriel Foundry also plans 24 hours of streaming at its site this weekend, which according to the site will be ” ranging from questing in areas not previously seen, high level content, veteran dungeons, group PvP, and more!”
    If those don’t work for you, The Elder Scrolls Online has a big list ...