Why The Elder Scrolls: Online Is Going To Be Terrible

Opinions on The Elder Scrolls: Online have been everywhere since the game was announced yesterday. Everyone seems to be pretty excited about the game. Personally, I am not one of those people. To be completely honest, I think the game is going to be awful. You’re probably wondering, “how can he say such a thing!?” Well, I’ll answer that question. Here’s why I think The Elder Scrolls: Online will be terrible.

It sounds like a WoW clone.

When details about the game were leaked yesterday, I was surprised how much it reminded me of a certain game called “World of Warcraft.” You might have heard of it. The article even says that the game will feature “World of Warcraft-style mechanics.” That’s almost like saying “the game will be called The Elder Scrolls: Online, but in reality it’s just another WoW clone. While it will have some exclusive features, it sounds like it’s going to be extremely similar to WoW. While there’s nothing wrong with WoW, people don’t want to play another WoW game. People want to play a true Elder Scrolls MMO.

Bethesda is not developing it.


Zenimax Online Studios is developing the game. While I’m sure they’re a decent studio, they’re not Bethesda. While Bethesda certainly has problems, they know how to make a good RPG. Some of the most popular RPGs of all time were developed by Bethesda. Zenimax Online could be the greatest MMO developer out there, but they’re not Bethesda. There are going to be things in the game that don’t feel like a Bethesda game, because it’s not. While it is true that Bethesda is publishing the game, there is a HUGE difference in publishing a game and developing a game. Bethesda will not have very much to do with the actual production of the game. Zenimax Online could do a great job, but it’s still won’t feel like the Elder Scrolls game fans have been wanting. Every developer has their own touch, and Zenimax’s touch will be different from Bethesda’s.

They’re changing the formula.


Zenimax Online isn’t just making an Elder Scrolls MMO, they’re also changing the formula of the series. Unlike in previous installments, character creation will be specifically class based. Players will be able to choose between three alliances, with each alliance having three races to choose from. Also, there won’t be a real estate system or player romances. Those are two of the more interesting parts of The Elder Scrolls series. I’m baffled that they’re not including either of them in the game. Finally, the combat is being tweaked. The combat is not going to be in real-time. Let me say this again, the combat is NOT  going to be in real-time. This is a major change that not enough people are talking about. While I frequently hear people complain about Skyrim’s glitches, I don’t hear people complain about the combat. The combat is fine the way it is. Why are they changing it? I mentioned earlier that this game won’t have Bethesda’s “touch”, but this is even more extreme than the game having a different feel. This will completely change how the game is played. While I’m sure some people will enjoy the change, the vast majority of fans will most likely be disappointed by it.

Bethesda is hungry for money.


While Bethesda isn’t developing the game, they are publishing it. As much as I like Bethesda, I admit that they are seriously greedy. Just google “Bethesda lawsuit”. There are multiple instances where Bethesda has sued people just because they can. They aren’t even good reasons most of the time. For example, Bethesda sued Mojang, because Mojang’s next game is called “Scrolls”. Markus “Notch” Persson, the founder of Mojang, said that Scrolls is nothing like The Elder Scrolls, but Bethesda sue him anyway. Bethesda tends to be jerk when money is involved. For The Elder Scrolls: Online, you can bet your wallet that it is going to have a monthly subscription fee. While I’m not saying this would make the game worse, don’t be surprised if Bethesda charges more than most people do. The standard MMO subscription fee seems to be $15 a month. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bethesda tries to get players to pay more than that. It could be seriously expensive to play this game for a long time. While some people could afford it, many gamers won’t play an MMO with high subscription fees for a prolonged amount of time. Even though $15 a month isn’t cheap, it worked for World of Warcraft. If Bethesda charges $20, or even $25 a month, many gamers won’t even get the chance to play the game themselves. Bethesda has a history of being very greedy, and I expect that to effect the pricing model.

That’s my opinion. Your opinion is probably different and that’s ok. In fact, fellow Gamers-Association writer Nick Cane has his own take on The Elder Scrolls: Online. I highly recommend you read his perspective of the game.

Written by: Jay Curtis

The youngest writer at Gamers-Association. Twitter: @BlueOrigins PSN: TheBlue0rigins Steam: BlueOrigins

  • jksdfsdf

    I completely agree. I have vowed to keep away from MMO’s. They all end up sucking anyway. Just look at WoW or planetside 2, two of the worst MMO’s I’ve ever played. They both look like Minecraft.

  • Aku

    Ok dude for one its going to be nothing like WOW, they are setting it up so it plays just like skyrim’s or oblivion’s computer version style. Yes they will have if i recall up to 5 quick bar slots for skills or spells but its going to be set up regardless real time left button attack or right button block. Its no clone thats for sure its bringing a whole new era into online MMO’s. Allowing sneaking and real time mechanics will bring forth ESO.

  • tornrntus

    if what there doing is true then it is not going to be like a wow clone there aim is to make it like skyrim, the people who tested the game said the combat is like skyrim using your muse to attack and there is first person and third person as well. and any race can equip any Armour as they do in games like skyrim. take a look at this http://www.rpgsite.net/previews/416-the-elder-scrolls-online-handson-preview

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  • JakMasters

    While I love the idea of an Elder Scrolls MMO, I will be sorely disappointed if it does turn out to be just another WoW clone. One thing that really irks me, like you mentioned, is the changing of the combat system! If I wanted to do a non-real time combat system I would play Dragon Age I (great story but I hated the combat system). Why wouldn’t they just stick to the combat system that they know works and people love!? Another thing I’m curious to hear is how TES:O is going to handle stealth. I have played every previous TES game as a stealthy assassin type character, and would be really angry if they messed up the stealth system. I also don’t understand why they are instituting a class system, that was a major improvement from Oblivion to Skyrim, allowing even more player choice than before. My final complaint is with the factions. While I do like having three warring factions, I don’t want to be locked into a faction because of my race. I loved that I could choose to become a Stormcloak or an Imperial regardless of my race. Just because I play a Dark Elf, doesn’t mean I want to be allied with that faction. This MMO sounds like it will restrict the player choice that made me a fan of the large open world TES games.

    • raijushin

      well the thing is the real time combat you see in skyrim would literally be impossible in an online model. Mainly because it’s online. Combat systems in elder scrolls games were possible because they attacks were pre rendered packaged data, which yes could be downloaded, but would affect the frame rates so much in a populated zone you would crash every time. Therefore making it an unviable method of combat to be conducted in a mmorpg, if they could have kept it they would have.

  • aNDY Xu

    Well until Elder Scroll vi come out

    • I think Zenimax is totally missing the sentiment you’re bringing to the table. All RPG players are not alike, just as all RPGs are not alike. Turning The Elder Scrolls into an MMO is a completely new experience, and it doesn’t seem like the sort of thing that die-hard TES fans were asking for, or are even interested in.

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  • Nick Cane

    Valid points, Sir Jay. Here is both of us mutually agreeing they manage to switch the tired and true MMO formula.

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  • c.house

    “Zenimax Online could be the greatest MMO developer out there, but there not Bethesda.”

    It’s “they’re” or “they are”. Sorry, but I stopped after that. 🙁

    • JJ Abrams

      Look at the precious fairie.