Answering ESO Combat Questions

Today’s update to ElderScrollsOnline.com includes an ‘Ask Us Anything’ focusing on the game’s combat. Keyboard controls, soft targeting, and whether or not dedicated tanks and healers are required for an raids are discussed.

Below is but a sampling of the extensive Q&A:

In the introduction video you say that you can start with PvP at an early level. Will you be able to level up through PvP? – By Jan Schuh

Yes, currently you can start leveling via PvP in Cyrodiil at level 10.

Visit ElderScrollsOnline.com to learn more.

The Elder Scrolls Online Descends on Boston for PAX East (Updated)

Update: In addition to the panels listed below, Arkane Studios’ own Ricardo Bare will be participating in a panel titled “Narrative Design – telling stories without words” on Saturday, March 23rd from 8:00-9:00 pm in the Wyvern theater.

Kicking off this year’s convention season, The Elder Scrolls Online will be at PAX East (March 22-24) in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit us at the Bethesda booth to chat with members of the Dev Team, play The Elder Scrolls Online, and get your hands on some unique ESO items, including a free ourboros t-shirt and three purchasable Alliance t-shirts.

In addition, Matt Firor, Pete Hines, and I will be appearing on panels during the event.

‘Future of Online Games’ feat. Matt Firor – Friday, March 22nd from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Naga Theater

‘Community: The Most Important Bullet Point Not on the Box’ feat. Matt Grandstaff — Friday, March 22nd from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the Wyvern Theater

‘Get Hired in Video Games Marketing’ feat. Pete Hines — Friday, March 22nd from 1:00-2:00 pm in the Arachnid Theater

We’ll be sharing more (awesome) details about our plans for PAX East — stay tuned, and we hope to see you there!

ESO Roundup

Here’s a quick roundup of recent highlights on ElderScrollsOnline.com

Just before the weekend, the ESO Community Team posted the latest answers in their continuing “Ask Us Anything” series. Here’s but one of the questions they tackle:

The Blades have been a central part of the character’s main storyline in Elder Scrolls games. To what extent, if any, will The Blades be involved in ESO? – By Christian McAllen

At the time of ESO, remnants of the Akaviri Dragonguard who protected the Emperors are still around, but they have not yet re-formed into the secretive Blades of later eras.

Head here for the remaining answers, and be sure to check out more highlights on the official site:

Alliance Leader Short Story – Daggerfall Covenant

The latest web update for ESO includes an introduction to High King Emeric, leader of the Daggerfall Covenant. Read on for the story of his upbringing, the breaking of the Siege of Wayrest, and his ascension to the throne, told in his own words. Below is a short excerpt:

King Ranser, alas, was wroth that I had not accepted the hand of his daughter, and he withdrew his ambassador from the court of Wayrest. Although Ranser was invited to my wedding to Maraya in the spring of 566, like the other kings of the Covenant, he stayed, seething, in Shornhelm.

What of the Aldmeri Dominion and Ebonheart Pact? In case you missed it, read tales of their respective leaders, Ayrenn and Jorunn the Skald-King.

Announcing The Elder Scrolls Online Food Truck Tour

Today we’ve announced our 2013 food truck tour for The Elder Scrolls Online!

Similar to our Skyrim tour in 2011, we’re once again working with Future US (the folks behind PC Gamer, GamesRadar.com, and Official Xbox Magazine), to bring Elder Scrolls eats to popular gaming events and universities across the country – including PAX, E3, San Diego Comic-Con, and fine universities like UCLA and UMASS.

The tour all starts on March 10th, when the truck will make an appearance at Austin’s SXSW 2013 festival and feature special guest Malukah — renown for her amazing Skyrim performances.

If you can’t make it to Austin, check out the other truck stops below…

  • SXSW 2013 – Austin, Texas (March 10)
  • PAX East – Boston, Massachusetts (March 22)
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst – Amherst, Massachusetts (March 29)
  • Michigan State University – East Lansing, Michigan (April 12)
  • University of Colorado – Boulder, Colorado (April 26)
  • University of Arizona – Tucson, Arizona (May 3)
  • E3 2013 – Los Angeles, California (June 12)
  • Comic-Con International – San Diego, California (July 18)
  • PAX Prime – Seattle, Washington (August 31)
  • University of California, Los Angeles – Los Angeles, California (September 20)
  • University of California, Berkeley – Berkeley, California (October 4)

ESO Update

With our new trailer and beta sign up for The Elder Scrolls Online, there’s been plenty of excitement this week surrounding the game — including new interviews with key members of the development team at ZeniMax Online Studios.

In addition to our latest episode of The Bethesda Podcast (featuring Matt Firor, Jo Burba, and Paul Sage), be sure to check out these sites:

  • MMORPG –Following our Beta annoucement, creative director Paul Sage took to Skype for a live interview with MMORPG.com. Watch it here.
  • Curse – In a new video, the Curse Entertainment team shares five reasons you’ll want to play ESO
  • NBC News — Game Director Matt Firor discusses the significance of beta and the excitement of bringing the MMO genre to the Elder Scrolls’ fanbase.
  • 3News.co.nz — Firor discusses the game’s timeline in TES lore, storyline, and more.
  • TESOF — Read a new editorial on how gameplay mechanics in ESO will be successful
  • Game Informer — Ben Reeves discusses ESO lore with Paul Sage and Rich Lambert
  • PC Gamer – You’ve probably already watched our Alliances at War video, but we all got a kick out of their fantastic headline for Lead Loremaster, Lawrence Schick.

After all that, don’t forget to check out the latest on ElderScrollsOnline.com this week. Highlights include Part 2 of their Ask Us Anything for the Daggerfall Convenant, new Developer Questions of the Week, and new social media avatars and wallpapers.

Elder Scrolls Online: Sign Up for Beta Today!

Big news for Elder Scrolls fans. You can now officially sign up for the Elder Scrolls Online beta program! Visit http://signup.elderscrollsonline.com/ to provide your information.

If selected, you will be one of the first people to embark upon the newest Elder Scrolls adventure, and help us beta test The Elder Scrolls Online. Please be aware that this is just beta sign-ups. The first beta test will begin soon—watch our official website, Facebook, and Twitter for an announcement about the first round of invites.

And in honor of opening beta sign-ups, we have released The Elder Scrolls Online – The Alliances Cinematic Trailer. Watch the trailer above.

Finally, Nick and I visited ZeniMax Online Studios to learn more about the beta program for our latest edition of The Bethesda Podcast. Featuring Matt Firor, Paul Sage, and Jo Burba, the podcast details specifics of the beta and includes questions submitted to @bethblog on Twitter.

Grab the podcast episode via any of the following methods:

ESO: Alliances at War

In The Elder Scrolls Online, the Aldmeri Dominion, Daggerfall Covenant, and Ebonheart Pact are embroiled in a full-scale war, but that was not always the case. What led each alliance to feel that war was the only option? What are their reasons and motives for fighting? Who are the key people and groups involved? In our latest developer video, “Alliances at War”, Loremaster Lawrence Schick answers these questions and more.

For more on the game’s alliances, visit ElderScrollsOnline.com.