ESO Developer Question of the Week

We’re pleased to share the first-ever Developer of Question of the Week for The Elder Scrolls Online. Each week a member of the ZeniMax Online team will pick your brain by asking you a question related to next year’s game.

The first question comes from Senior Content Designer Greg Roth. After watching the video, share your answer the ESO Facebook and Twitter (#ESO) pages.

Ask Us Anything – Ebonhart Pact, Part 2

ZeniMax Online has come back with more answers to your questions about the Ebonhart Pact. Visit the official site for answers. Here’s a snippet…

I’ve read that anyone can use any type of weapon or armor. Have you thought about having alliance-only weapon/armor styles? (For example, chitin armor available only to the Ebonhart Pact, since they have exclusive access to chitin in Morrowind.) – By Jeremy Eddy

Armor in The Elder Scrolls Online is regionally appropriate, whether it’s a loot drop, merchant stock, or quest reward; however, with the right skills and materials, you’ll be able to craft items in any racial style.

ESO ‘Ask Us Anything’ Answers (Part 1)

Ready to learn more about the Ebonhart Pact? ElderScrollsOnline.com has the first round of ‘Ask Us Anything’ answers. Here’s a sampling:

Obviously the Elves and the Nords have never got along too well – are the nations in the factions entirely happy with the alliance, or are there rogue/rebel groups within, say, Skyrim or Morrowind?– By George Trotter on Facebook

The foundation the Ebonheart Pact was built upon—one of mutual desire for survival—makes for a deeply complex and ever-shifting political atmosphere.  The Argonians, Nords, and Dark Elves have set aside their differences, for now, to unite under one banner against their shared enemies—but to say that everyone is happy or even content with the Alliance would be a far cry from the truth.  A certain level of distrust and resentment roils just beneath the surface for many members of the Pact.

While some are openly accepting or critical of the Alliance, most Pact members you’ll encounter fall somewhere in between, and hold their true feelings about the arrangement close to their chest.  It really depends on each individual character’s perspective and life experiences.  Most you encounter are not willing to bring up their personal feelings to a stranger, but you will meet some who are very open with their praise or disdain for the choices their leaders have made.

More, please? Read the rest here, and share what else you’d like to learn about in the comments below, or at the The Elder Scrolls Online Facebook page.

A nameless Dunmer needs your help

This is the story of a young and powerful Dark Elf, who is also an up-and-coming member of the Mages Guild.  He, along with the very best of his peers, was hand-selected by Mages Guild leader and founder Vanus Galerion to accompany you in the assault on Cold Harbor. When the mass portal to Cold Harbor went awry, these formidable Mages Guild members arrived, scattered over the icy wasteland of Molag Bal’s realm. Separated from their allies and you, their partner, the group was captured and imprisoned by Molag Bal’s Daedric army for use in torturous live training exercises.

The young Dark Elf is trapped in a cage with his fellow Mages Guild members. The imprisoned group is plotting an escape, but one, small thing is missing.

His name.

This is up to you in the newly announced “Name An NPC Contest” on the ESO official website. Visit here full rules and details.

ESO Dev Diary featuring gameplay!

The team from ZeniMax Online Studios discusses how they are bringing the rich history of The Elder Scrolls series online in the newly released documentary-style video for The Elder Scrolls Online. Check out the first-ever released gameplay footage as the team talks about their vision for the game – from the basics to how they are developing one of the most socially-connected MMOs ever created.

For more on the game, visit these channels:

ESO Official Website
Facebook 
Twitter

Visit ElderScrollsOnline.com

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.

Visit ElderScrollsOnline.com

Hands-on previews for The Elder Scrolls Online (Updated)

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:

Making an MMO Feel Like Elder Scrolls

Finesse, Synergy, and You: How It All Fits Together in Elder Scrolls Online

ESO’s PvP: “Massive and Epic!!”

Your Character Development

ESO Unveiled!

All that plus they recorded their latest podcast while at the event. Listen to it on their site, via iTunes, or using Podkicker.

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.

MMORPGRead 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.

MMO Reporter Video interviews with creative director Paul Sage and game director Matt Firor.

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.”

Tamriel Foundry An explosion of coverage including interviews with lead PvP designer Brian Wheeler &  Matt and Paul, plus a hands-on report, combat feature, and general gameplay impressions.

RPGFan ”TESO offers a highly polished social experience in the vein of the Elder Scrolls franchise.”

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.”

That should keep you busy for today. We’ll share the latest coverage as it surfaces. Until thenthen, we leave you with Guild Umbra’s video showcasing their trip to the event.

Win cool ESO swag in the ‘Sun’s Height Lore Contest’

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!

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MMOre interviews for The Elder Scrolls Online

While we just posted a coverage update earlier today, there’s a pair of new interviews you should definitely check out.

The council has spoken. Game Informer collected your questions and got answers from Matt Firor and Paul Sage. Grab the GI podcast at GameInformer.com or through iTunes.

Meanwhile, PC Gamer returns with a new interview with Firor. Watch it here,