For more on the game, visit these channels:
As you enjoy your Saturday afternoon, here’s some highlights from around the web.
We start with The Elder Scrolls Online. This weekend, be sure to grab the all-new Ebonhart Pact wallpaper on the game’s official website. And if you want to learn more about the Alliance comprised of Nords, Dunmer, and Argonians, be sure to read up on ZeniMax Online’s first ‘Ask Us Anything’, which will focus specifically on this pact.
Want more ESO news? Check out these highlights from our recent press event:
Episode 43 of The Elder Scrolls Off the Record Podcast features lengthy impressions from playing the game at ZeniMax Online.
MMORPG continues a flourish of new content. On their latest podcast, interviews Matt Firor, Nick Konkle, Brian Wheeler, and Paul Sage. They also highlight 21 facts fans should know about the game, detail their visit to Crow’s Woods, explain how you’ll build your character, and describe the game’s “spot on” combat.
More news, including reviews for DOOM 3 BFG Edition, after the break.
Following this week’s hands-on previews for The Elder Scrolls Online, we’ve launched ElderScrollsOnline.com – the game’s official community site. Be sure to bookmark the page, as it will be regularly updated with new features, dev diaries, screenshots, art, and more!
Highlights today include:
Welcome to the Official Elder Scrolls Online Community!
Explore the Story of The Elder Scrolls Online — An introduction to ESO’s main story.
Reading the Future of the Past in The Elder Scrolls — The first dev diary featuring ZeniMax Online loremaster, Lawrence Shick.
Tamriel, Now and Then — A comparison piece showing locations from previous Elder Scrolls games and how they now look in ESO.
All the content you see on the site is only the beginning. As the new home for community content for ESO, you can expect much more in the coming weeks and months.
Last week MMO and Elder Scrolls enthusiasts made their way to ZeniMax Online Studios and became the first to go hands on with The Elder Scrolls Online. With four hours to explore the game and access to key members of the development team, there’s plenty of new info being shared on their sites.
Among those covering the event was The Elder Scrolls Off the Record, and they definitely went on the record with numerous features on the game, including:
For more impressions, check out these sites:
MPOGD.com – “Though I got to spend a few quality hours with the game, it wasn’t enough for me, as I wanted to play and didn’t want to stop for lunch, bathroom breaks, or anything; I just wanted more.”
ZAM ”The controls also feel like slipping on a pair of comfortable slippers. Left mouse for weapon attack — held for power moves — right click for block is close enough to Skyrim et al to feel immediately familiar and engaging.” For more from ZAM, read their Big Picture article.MMORPG – Read their comprehensive preview, plus articles on PvP and social integration, impressions of playing as a Templar, and a write up on ZeniMax Online’s MMO Philosophy.
Ten Ton Hammer ”…the first thing you should know about The Elder Scrolls Online is that it absolutely works as both a game worthy of flying the Elder Scrolls banner, and as an MMOG built for the modern era of our massive corner of the gaming industry.”
Strategy Informer hands-on preview: “The Elder Scrolls Online is clearly an MMO with ambition but first and foremost it’s clearly an Elder Scrolls game – and that’ll ease the fears of many fans greatly.” In addition to preview, check out their interview with lead gameplay designer, Nick Konkle.
Acolytes Gaming Community In-depth recap of the day spent at ZeniMax Online Studios.
Massively ”TESO captures the spirit of the series’ combat in a way that is better-suited to an MMO environment, and in my opinion, considerably more engaging.”
RPG Gamer “…there are a lot of things here that make The Elder Scrolls Online a compelling experience for both MMO fans as well as those of us who simply enjoy the Elder Scrolls world and lore. And for someone who is not typically an MMO fan, the fact that this game now has my attention speaks volumes.”
Guild Umbra Interview with Matt Firor
MMO Attack “My time with The Elder Scrolls Online has left me wanting more. The game is successful in bringing the immersive world of The Elder Scrolls to the MMO world to give the genre a breath of fresh air.”
In case you missed it, Game Informer’s reveal for The Elder Scrolls Online is now available as a free download this week.
- Click here to grab the iOS tablet edition!
- Click here to grab the 10″ Android tablet edition (OS 3.0 and higher)!
For more news on The Elder Scrolls Online, check out these sites:
- Games Industry – Interview with Matt Firor
- GamerFront – Interview with PvP Lead Brian Wheeler
- Game Informer - Daedra, Werewolves, and Vampires: The Creatures of The Elder Scrolls Online & The Stylized Art of The Elder Scrolls Online
Ready to TESt your knowledge again? The community team at ZeniMax Online Studios has put together a new contest giving you a chance to win great ZeniMax Online and ESO prizing (as modeled by PvP designer Brian Wheeler) .
Calling all Tamriel historians and loremasters! Starting today, we’re kicking off the Sun’s Height Lore Contest. This contest runs through the end of Sun’s Height (July 31st) on the official The Elder Scrolls Online Twitter account, and will put your knowledge of The Elder Scrolls lore to the test. Be one of the first 100 people to correctly answer each question for a chance to win a prize pack of awesome The Elder Scrolls Online and ZeniMax Online Studios loot.
Read on to learn how you can enter, and get ready to show off your Tamriel lore expertise!
We conclude our E3 wrap series with a look at The Elder Scrolls Online.
Elsewhere, it’s not surprising that MMORPG.com has plenty to say about the game. Claiming their Most Anticipated Game at E3 award, you’ll want to read the site’s first preview and watch their interview with game director Matt Firor.
For more great coverage, hit the jump below.
We’re getting closer to E3, so we’re all using this weekend as an opportunity to rest our voices. Come Tuesday, things get crazy… crazy awesome.
To help you plan your E3 week, here’s some dates and times to remember.*
Monday, June 4th
- 1.00pm PST | G4TV shows the first-ever live demo for Dishonored
Tuesday, June 5th
- 11.00am PST | ZeniMax Online’s Paul Sage shows off The Elder Scrolls Online on GameTrailers TV
- 11.50am PST | GameTrailers TV features Dishonored co-creative director Raphael Colantonio
- 1.15pm PST | Get a first look at Dawnguard from Todd Howard on GameTrailers TV
- 3.15pm PST | Todd visits with G4TV to showcase Dawnguard
Wednesday, June 6th
- 10.05am PST | Get the lowdown on The Elder Scrolls Online E3 on GameSpot.com
- 1.15pm PST | Dawnguard presentation on Machinima.com
- 2.05pm PST | More Dawnguard, this time with Gamespot.com
- 2.25pm | Gamespot.com viewers can check out demo of Dishonored
- 4.20pm | Dishonored presentation for IGN.com
- 4.45pm PST | Tune into G4TV to see a presentation of The Elder Scrolls Online
- 5.40pm PST | MMO fans can catch more on The Elder Scrolls Online at IGN.com
Thursday, June 7th
- 11.15am PST | ZeniMax Online shares The Elder Scrolls Online with Machinima.com viewers
- 3.15pm PST | Machinima.com closes things out with a look at Dishonored
*dates and times are subject to change.
While we just posted a coverage update earlier today, there’s a pair of new interviews you should definitely check out.