Eerste info en screens van The Elder Scrolls Online uitgelekt?

Geplaatst op: 6 mei 2012 door Erik Dekker in Nieuws, Verhalen
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Wie de afgelopen dagen heeft opgelet, zal weten dat ontwikkelaar Bethesda een MMO-versie van The Elder Scrolls franchise heeft aangekondigd. De serie, die tot voorheen enkel in singleplayer formaat te spelen was, zal straks een nieuwe wereld kennen die toegankelijk zal zijn voor vele duizenden spelers tegelijk. Gezamenlijk trollen afslachten en de draak steken met de beruchte Cliff Racers in de verschillende continenten van de wereld Tamriel. Benieuwd? Goed nieuws, want aan onofficieel uitgelekte informatie schort het op dit moment gelukkig niet. Benieuwd? Lees dan snel verder om de mogelijke ins- en outs van The Elder Scrolls Online tot je te kunnen nemen.

Op de fora van de Amerikaanse website NeoGaf, zijn er al een overkill aan mogelijke feitjes van Bethesda’s eerste massively multiplayer online game vrijgegeven. Zijn ze echt? Tekenen deze details The Elder Scrolls Online? Wie zal het weten, op Bethesda na? Niettemin zorgt dit weer voor genoeg discussievoer en dat is ook wat waard. Daarnaast heb ik ook een aantal screenshots en artwork van de game verzameld, die je hieronder overigens kunt terugzien.

Klaar voor de uitgelekte info? Zet je schrap, want het is nogal wat:

  • Releasing 2013 for PC/Mac
  • Developed by ZeniMax Online Studios
  • 250 Person Team
  • Started development in 2007
  • “This time, saving the world from the awakening of ancient evil is only the beginning. What happens when hundreds or thousands of prophesied heroes all think that they should be Emperor?”
  • The game is fully voice acted
  • Third person perspective
  • The game uses a hotbar to activate skills like other traditional MMOs
  • Visually it looks like other Hero Engine MMOs like SWTOR
  • The general art style is kind of like RIFT or Everquest 2
  • You can’t be a werewolf or vampire
  • Crafting, alchemy, and soul stones will exist in an unrevealed form
  • There will be Daedric Princes like Molag Bal, the primary antagonist, and Vaermina, “whose sphere of influence extends to the dream world and the nightmares of mortals”, along with some unnamed others
  • Constellations will be in the game a la Mundus stones (which work like guardian stones) and also give the answer to things like block puzzles where you step on the blocks in a certain order
  • Tons of towns ranging from Imperial City, Windhelm, Daggerfall, Sentinel, Mournhold, Ebonheart, Elden Root, Shornhelm, Evermore, Riften, and a lot more
  • Radiant AI will not be present
  • There will be mounts, but no flying mounts
  • Fast travel exists in the game in the form of wayshrines, which are also your ressurection point, and you can teleport from one wayshrine to any other wayshrine you have already visited
  • There most likely won’t be dragons
  • Sneaking will be in the game, but how it is implemented is undecided
  • They’re not talking about pets right now
  • There will be no player housing
  • There will be no NPC romances or marriage
  • “It needs to be comfortable for people who are coming in from a typical massively multiplayer game that has the same control mechanisms, but it also has to appeal to Skyrim players.”
  • Features most of Tamriel including Skyrim, Morrowind, Summerset Isle, and Elseweyr.
  • “Not all provinces are included in their entirety; Zenimax Online is keeping large areas inaccessible to save them for use as expansion content. Nonetheless, every major area is represented to some extent.”
  • As an example, Windhelm is fully implemented, but Winterhold and the mages’ college won’t be in at launch.
  • There are three player factions:
  • Ebonheart Pact: The Nords, Dunmer, and Argoninans
  • Aldmeri Dominion: Altmer, Bosmer, and Khajit
  • Daggerfall Covenant: Bretons, Redguard, and Orcs
  • “Recreateing the freedom Elder Scrolls players expect within the World of Warcraft-style mechanics Zenimax Online is using for this MMO would be impossible without changing the way that players interact with the world.”
  • As such, the game uses a hubless design
  • For example, you don’t necessarily pick up a quest to do the following, but if you kill all the necromancers in an undead barrow, a shade you free at the end will reward you.
  • However, to help you find these events, various NPCs you talk to will tell you where they are happening and put a marker pointing them on your map, which is obviously totally different than receiving a quest.
  • Not all quests will have NPCs that indicate where they are.
  • The game uses MMORPG genre standards such as classes, experience points, and other traditional MMORPG progression mechanics, but they try to present it “around the core fantasy presented by traditiona Elder Scrolls games” such as traveling around and righting wrongs or seeking riches.
  • The game world is very large relative to Skyrim
  • You can explore almost anything you can see
  • The game is set 1000 years in the past
  • You can’t master every discipline
  • The imperials are an enemy to all three factions, lead by the noble Tharn family and the King of Worms, Mannimarco, and are hatching a plot to take over all of Tamriel
  • But BEHOLD, Mannicmarco is scheming with Daedric prince Molag Bal to take over the world behind the Tharn’s back
  • Also, your soul has already been stolen by Molag Bal, which is the reason you can come back from death over and over again, and the starting plot is that you’re fighting Molag Bal to get your soul back from him
  • Hitting the level cap takes about 120 hours
  • Each faction has their own leveling content
  • An example quest is the story of Camlorn, where you have to stop evil werewolves who have their eyes set on conquest. First, you have to do a “standard MMO kill and collection quest” to sto ghosts from attacking some mages and soldiers. The ghosts are reliving a battle that the werewolf leader was in. You summon a ghost to find out what’s going on, and the ghost tells you to wear her dead husband’s armor to re-experience the battle he died in. You then get transported hundreds of years into the past to fight this battle. During this battle, you can choose to save the dead man’s wife or to pursue the Werewolf leader. ZeniMax chooses to save the man’s wife, who then tells you that the Werewolf leader is weak to fire. This information is helpful when you fight him, but you don’t actually need to do this quest before fighting the werewolf leader if you don’t want to. Basically, you can skip parts of quest chains if you want, but you get some benefit for playing the whole thing. Also, whenever you go back to the town you just saved, everything there hails you as a hero.
  • The game features three faction PvP where you fight to take over keeps and use trebuchets and other siege weapons to help do it. At the high end, you can have 100 v 100 battles. There are also farms and mines you can try to take over. Mots of this happens in Cyrodiil where your goal is to take over and hold the Imperial City to get faction wide bonuses for it. If you have played Dark Age of Camelot, this probably sounds familiar. For those who haven’t, essentially the entire zone is a giant PvP area will all sorts of points of interest.
  • The most accomplished PvP player on your faction becomes emperor whenever you take over the capital
  • When you take over Cyrodiil, you will be able to adventure in it as a hostile city a la Kvatch
  • The game will have raids and heroic modes for its dungeons as end game content in addition to faction PvP
  • There is also balanced PvP for people who prefer eSports
  • The game will also have high end public dungeons
  • Public dungeons are essentially instances that aren’t actually instanced, so anyone can be in them, so imagine a World of Warcraft dungeon that featured everyone on the server in the area instead of just your party.
  • There are standard instanced dungeons as well
  • Back on the topic of the skillbar, you have a limited number of skills you can use at any given time, and can change them whenever you’re out of combat
  • The number of skills is equal to (paraphrase) “a light and heavy attack with your current weapon that take up the first two slots, a few more spells related to your class, and an ultimate in the last slot”.
  • The ultimate is used once you gain enough finesse, which is earned by doing well in combat
  • You also get a bonus loot chest if you’re soloing and max your finesse, and you can also build finesse by comboing with other players
  • For example, a rogue can put oil on the ground that a mage can set on fire
  • A fighter can also spin in the firestorm a mage puts down, which sends out fireballs
  • If you’ve seen Guild Wars 2 videos, the above will seem familiar
  • You can’t combo with the abilities of enemy players though, so if an enemy faction player drops an oil slick, you can’t set it on fire
  • The Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood will be presented, but in what form isn’t detailed as their contnet is hard to recreate in an MMO setting
  • NPCs will try to work together and use player like behavior when fighting you, and (at least to my understanding) have stamina as well
  • They want the AI to be good, so instead of enemies in a dungeon sitting around and waiting to be pulled, you will be attacked by the entire room and they will try to react to how you are playing
  • The claim was not demo’ed to Game Informer
  • You destroy dark anchors to gain reputation with the Fighter’s Guild. They are large hooks that fall from the sky pseudorandomly and have Daedric guardians next to them. They are easier to kill with a group, and once destroyed, everyone who participated gets a reputation boost with the Fighter’s Guild, and eventually nets you rewards like new skills and abilities.
  • The combat model will not be real time due to latency
  • The combat is based around a stamina bar which you can use to sprint, block, interrupt, and break incapacitating effects
  • Blocking is the primary focus of these abilities, and can do things like stopping the secondary effects of attacks such as an ice spell slowing you
  • Stamina also applies to PvP, so stamina management (and wearing down your enemy’s stamina) is important, as your crowd control abilities might be on a long cooldown, and if you use them before the enemy player runs out of stamina, they will probably just block the effect
  • ZeniMax feels that having the stamina bar will help break down the Holy Trinity as stamina allows you to do things like tank
  • However, healing is still a big part of the game
  • There is also no aggro mechanic in the game, which is part of the reason stamina blocking and healing exist.

Tot dusver de uitgelekte informatie omtrent The Elder Scrolls Online. Bethesda heeft zelf nog niets bevestigd, dus hier kan vanaf worden afgeweken.

Afgaande van de info ben ik persoonlijk nog niet helemaal overtuigd.  Als ik namelijk aan deze game denk, dan schieten er visioenen door mijn hoofd van honderden Dovahkiins die zeggen dat zij de enige echte zijn en dat we moeten duelleren tot de dood om geschillen uit de wereld te helpen. Een MMO is namelijk riskant, want het kan de beleving van de lore dusdanig aantasten dat de hele franchise een smet gaat krijgen. Wordt hier goed mee omgegaan, dan kan het ook in het voordeel werken. Maar Bethesda begeeft zich hiermee op glad ijs, want het ontwikkelen (en nota bene onderhouden) van zo’n kolossale online game, zorgt voor een hele, hele hoop werk.

Maar misschien moet ik gewoon nog wennen aan de gedachte dat ik Tamriel straks opnieuw kan betreden met andere spelers aan mijn zijde. Het solitaire en vooral eenzame gevoel dat ik tot nu toe in een Elder Scrolls game heb beleefd, zal plaats moeten maken voor drukte en reuring. Coöperatieve missies die moeten worden voltooid die ik anders niet alleen had aangekund. Beeldvullende bazen waar we op intense, maar voldoening brengende wijze moeten samenwerken, dat zijn zaken die je straks in deze game zult zien.

Ik ben benieuwd welke beleving mij meer zal bevallen.

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