Elder Scrolls Series is going Online

Chris Geikler, Staff Writer

Both long-time fans of The Elder Scrolls series and fans of its most recent development, Skyrim, will be pleased to hear that a new game is in the making. This time though, Bethesda has decided to take the land of Tamriel online.

If you’re like me, you thought that the only thing that could have made Skyrim better was some form of multiplayer, right? Prayers answered. With the development of new consoles like the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One underway, Bethesda has been given room to create a massive multiplayer online experience for their console based fans. However, computer based gamers haven’t been left out in the cold; Elder Scrolls Online is also being released for Mac and PC computers respectively.

From the screen shots and preview videos shown thus far, the game looks simply beautiful. From landscapes to player characters to architecture, graphics have really received an upgrade this time round, thanks again to the newer technologies. Here’s hoping that they hold up upon release.

Along with the graphics, the character creation system has also been reworked. Skyrim and Oblivion both have an innovative character creation system which makes for some interesting and amusing combinations. In Elder Scrolls Online, there are 9 different races each with numerous different options and sliders for creating a personalized, unique player character.

Following in the footsteps of other Online Role-playing games, Elder Scrolls will be featuring a faction system in which players can choose one of three different groups to be a part of. There’s the Ebonheart Pact, comprised of the Nords, the Argonians, and the Dark elves. The Daggerfall covenant with the Bretons, the Redguard, and the Orcs. Then there’s the Aldmeri Dominion, made up of the High Elves, the Wood Elves, and the Wood Elves.  Each Faction has its own history, and goals for the player to explore.

Recently beta testing has started for the game, so if you are interested in helping developers test it out head to elderscrollsonline.com/ to sign up.

Elder scrolls online is expected to hit the scene Spring of 2014.

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