Want to make crap-ton of money with a beloved game series with a high chance of tears and failure? Well just slap in the word “ONLINE”. You read me, ONLINE! This fad is the one some game developers have always obsessed about in the past few years. Matrix online, APB, Age of “Fucking” Conan and now recently ESO. Unfortunately most go straight to hell.
The Elders Scrolls has been a cherished RPG ever since the mid 90’s. I should know. I’m in the long list of people that love it. But there is always a black sheep in the horizon in every series that just screws it all up. No its not Skyrim. It’s Elder Scrolls Online. The MMO announced not long ago, that set off a lot of different vibes. Personally I was a bit excited in the beginning. Sharing my Tamrielic Adventures with my friends and other people around the world. But that there is the problem. Are we deviating from the vision of Elder Scrolls? The series had been changing through each game released, removing this and that. But not doing something as drastic as this.
The problem with making a long time single player game into an MMO is that you need to be aware of the amount of content. The Old Elder Scrolls games were long as hell. I personally had 400 hours in Oblivion. Which made me question how I graduated High school in the first place. ESO doesn’t look bad, quite the contrary, it looks amazing. But will it stand to the test to be comparable to the rest of the series?
I followed the game’s news zealously. Finding out more about it. It’s supposed to play almost exactly like Skyrim… only look nicer. It’s been revealed that the game will have Massive PVP. That was the main focus for a long time, massive LotR-ish battles . Sure… but will the campaign, my personal story, be as focused as it has been in the past games?
I’m sure with the content and all and the fact that its free, we’ll get a lot of fun from it. What? Its not? I have to pay $15 a month? I’m sorry Bethesda, I couldn’t hear you. 6 years ago, while playing Oblivion, I don’t recall liking the idea of being fucked over for the sake of enjoying your games. Full price for Skyrim? Sure! Full price and a monthly subscription fee? Have you lost your mind?! The idea of MMOs having subscription fees is just ridiculous and antiquated. Asking people to pay $180 a year just so they can play Skyrim with multiplayer, that is where ESO went wrong. There are F2P MMOs out there that would give me an equal or better experience. Look at Guild Wars 2, their profits depend on the sales AND extras they sell in-game. The extras aren’t necessary for the game, but a lot of people buy them, some even pay up to $200, the cheeky fuckers. Thats why the game keeps running.
The Old Republic MMO started out with monthly fees, and now even they went F2P, they reached their profit goal maybe? I doesn’t matter what it has, as a result the population even went up within the game. Sure it has limitations. You don’t have access to everything in the game but you can by just buying something in the online store. But who knows, maybe ESO will end up doing the same thing. We shouldnt be harsh on it, only time will tell.