Elder Scrolls Online getting "high frequency" of post-launch support

Zenimax Online creative director Paul Sage says a "big part" of the company's plan is focused on the future of the MMO game.

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Upcoming massively multiplayer online game The Elder Scrolls Online will see a "high frequency" of post-launch support in the way of content expansions, according to Zenimax Online Studios creative director Paul Sage.

"We watch everybody in the market, but I'm a big proponent personally of making sure we keep a high frequency of content releases," Sage told Shacknews. "A big part of our plans is the future of the game. We always want to make sure there is something new right around the corner."

"Our plan is to have new content coming out on a really frequent basis. We want to make sure that people are really into the game and get to experience a lot of new things," he added. "We will have a lot of content at release, but I know that players are amazing in their ability to chew through content quickly, so we want to make sure there is a constant stream of goodies coming to them."

Sage, who previously worked on Ultima Online, said releasing new content on a frequent basis "is an issue of trust in a lot of ways" between the developer and the player. Players are more engaged in a game if they know new content is coming, Sage said.

The Elder Scrolls Online is aiming for release on the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in spring 2014, though official release dates have not been announced. For more on the MMO game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

153 comments
jonaadams
jonaadams

$240 to play this game for your first year.  $60 + $15 (12mo) Ummm pass.

ranbla
ranbla

I was fairly excited about this game, but now that it's clear that they've followed the same, old stale MMO model, my interest has pretty much evaporated. EQ Next is my next, last hope for something fresh and fun in the genre.

carnivalshow
carnivalshow

Im can't wait for this im not a big on line player but I have played all the elder scrolls games and I think its going to be awesome on line with others. I already pre ordered this game and can't wait to see more game play on it as it comes out .The only thing i don't like about it is the release date and thats only because it sounds like its when destiny is coming out and i have that pre ordered as well . I guess ill just be going game crazy that month .

Revl8n
Revl8n

I fear this is a big mistake. Bigger than The Old Republic. I've played every Elder Scrolls game back to Arena. And I have no desire to play this - or any MMO for that matter. Here's hoping Bethesda gets back on track. Fallout 4 please!

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

with bethesdas bug rate there is no other choice

IndySandbagTrik
IndySandbagTrik

I want this to be sub-based to keep out the grotesque.

That is all.

arqe
arqe

I saw that on most comments the game content will die soon. I think MMO era is over. 

"Either you make a SANDBOX or will perish !"

The problem with MMO's lately is "PEOPLE". When they first introduced 3D MMO's like Everquest , World of Warcraft etc. People were playing the game for fun. Hanging out with friends after work / school etc. MMO was something different back than. But now ( because of Blizzard ) MMO era is over.

People playing games for getting the MAX level ASAP and farm things. %99 of the MMO players are like that. I'm playing MMO's since Ultima Online's Beta and i know how to get Max level. Actually ( money involved ) my friends said that "you cant even make Realm's First XX level" if you can we pay you xxx amount and we laughed. Actually i made 2 Realms first back than 1 Warrior and 1 Druid. And one of the most crowded servers.

The point is People are playing MMO's like single player games. Finish SOONER the better.

Thats why what ESO Team should do ;

- Keep the Quests for rewards only. ( Cosmetics , Artifacts )

- Dynamic World. ( Player / Guild House system with territories. Just like in the Mortal Online )

- Make dungeons 1 time only. ( Just Like in Single Player games. After week / month later another Group of NPC can Spawn there like they raided. With game time i mean , also this means no item Farming in dungeons )

- Make items like in Classic Tabletop FRP games. No need to create all these magical items. People forgets why to play MMO's when you make "MAX LEVEL ITEM"s and dive into farm because of this.

Keep the game simple , dynamic. Just like a sandbox but make story ( NOT Story Driven only a Story. )


Biotasticmeat
Biotasticmeat

Getting it for my X1 as soon as it launch's! Please don't make it P2P, im not a big fan of constantly paying for something.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

With Everquest Next free to play mmorpg coming soon I have lost a fair bit of interest in Elder Scrolls Online.  

hadlee73
hadlee73

I was super excited for this at one point. Unfortunately over the last few weeks of closely following the game, its looking more and more like a generic MMO and less and less like Elder Scrolls.

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

Yup, just tell me if it will have a subscription or not. If there's no sub - me and my guildies aren't touching the game.

highlanderjimd
highlanderjimd

the fact that its also on the consoles means it will be a massivley cutdown "mmo" what a load of shit, itll be nothing more than a big co op game, i bet theres no 100v100 pvp battles in this game. fuck off consoletards

Compact87
Compact87

I just watched this video and journalist mentioned mount with wings, and considering my WoW exp with those i woudnt like to see those even in a nightmare! It looked cool and fancy at start but it separated us(players) from the world so much i cant even describe.

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

What likely gives this game a bit of an edge over other MMOs is people already know how much time can be spent on just one Elder Scrolls game, so by announcing they'll be having a lot of updates means we'll be getting an already large game that will just keep growing.  There's not as large of a risk of getting it and not having much to do with the game as there may be with a completely new MMO.  This definitely has me more excited for the game, as I already expect there to be a lot of content.

TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

Same old, same old. I will stick with truly new approaches to MMO's, like Star Citizen. My days of WOW clones is over.

Catz_03
Catz_03

Wait so your telling me that an MMO is getting MMO-type support after it launches, that's madness.

Compact87
Compact87

I recently started playing Skyrim and i really like the game. Thing i would like to be improved is combat system, otherwise its a great game and i have no doubt ESO will be fine game too.

  Considering possible subscription, i have no problem with supporting great game that way, but it really need to be great game.

 PS: As someone said 5-10$ monthly, no more than that :)

cannahuana
cannahuana

when they tell us how they are going to take our money, is when i'll decide if i'm going to play or not

i2eaper0f5ouls
i2eaper0f5ouls

my only real concern is that the game looks like there wont be that much content. unless there are quests for every faction in each continent, its gonna die like every MMO before it

breakitapart
breakitapart

This is my most anticipated game for the PS4.  

speedycerv1
speedycerv1

Yes, but how many bugs will there be in the vanilla and new content..?

Frosty192
Frosty192

Still haven't been accepted into beta...ugh.

Hurvl
Hurvl

You hit the level cap and then what? What if there's nothing fun to do anymore after that. That's one part where many say SW:ToR failed among others. I'm glad that Bethesda has said they won't stop producing regular singleplayer TES games. MMO's are always a gamble and either it goes well and they'll never release another game in the franchise again, because they're making so much money off the MMO. Or it fails and they'll never release another game in the franchise again, because the MMO failed and therefore it simply *must be* the franchise's fault and not the genre (totally incorrect, imo, but the company thinks so).

RBwd
RBwd

yeah basically we will release loads of updates and charge loads as you wont be able to buy ms point for cheap anymore as its being changed to real money and then we will rake in the money muhahaha.

ricku1967
ricku1967

@arqe very interesting, for me, since im a huge fan of the series of EO. im playing it for the lore, the exploration, the crafting, just the fun...im not in it JUST to max out a character, and i guarantee, there will be a hell of a lot of people like minded playing this game. if you think you can make the best MMO out there, then you need to join a developer and make the game you would like to see

arqe
arqe

@DeViLzzz You know what happens to Free MMO's when they launch free from the start ? %99 of them Fails. Also bringing ESO to console will fail too. People on consoles already paying for Online services and if they make game Sub style , Console side will hold the game back and eventually fail.

Hate to talk about Elder Scrolls title like this but it is gonna happen.

And like i said you are "a troll" in Console articles.

ProjektInsanity
ProjektInsanity

@Tripwolf I won't be playing it either way, but philosophically I agree with you.  Unless they're *perfectly* executed, non-subscription games usually launch as or devolve into a pay to win model.  That might even be tolerable if you got a quality experience in exchange.  However, I've learned that you shell out more than you would for a sub-based game and what you receive is still an inferior game.  Some Asian MMOs I've tried (briefly and regrettably) charged for even the most basic features, like using global chat.  That's just laughable.

i2eaper0f5ouls
i2eaper0f5ouls

@Tripwolf lol, then it looks like we won't be missing you. Subscription fees dont preclude immature players (as is the common misconception). just look at world of warcraft, which thrives because of all the kids who play it (like 45% of the subs are kids). No what ensures a mature environment is the complexity of the gameplay. 


plus, if this is the reason why you won't be doing it, you can play it co-operatively with only your friends.... so theres no need to play with everyone.


but whatever, I have no sympathy for people who think subscription fees make games better.

CrouchingWeasel
CrouchingWeasel

@highlanderjimd 

Consoletards? It's 12y/o elitist little turds like you that represent everything wrong with gaming. The rest of us just love games, regardless of what they're played on. Try pulling your head out of your arse, brat.

i2eaper0f5ouls
i2eaper0f5ouls

@highlanderjimd while consoles of the current generation can barely handle that stuff, we havent seen the capabilities of the next gen. if theyre anything like computers from 3 years ago (which they should be, given that the tech is from about a year and a half ago) they should handle it fine.


besides which, why are you worried about the quality on consoles, you wont be playing it there, so why do you care?

arqe
arqe

@Compact87 I remember from an article or interview they said "No Flying Mounts". Actually i dont remember any creature with wings that can be Mount in Elder Scrolls .

lorider25
lorider25

@blueboxdoctor But the combat isn't going to be like elder scrolls and the detail isn't going to be there either.

It's going to be like all the other MMO's. I was hoping to see the Elder Scrolls with everything looking and playing the same as the single player games, except now it's multiplayer.

ricku1967
ricku1967

@blueboxdoctor exactly, look how huge skyrim is, same with oblivion and so on, now put them all together..thats a huge world

ricku1967
ricku1967

@Compact87 it will be like every other MMO out there probably..just a portion of the game will be free to play, but in order to get the FULL content, you will have to pay.  thats for PC/Mac as for consoles...i dont think they will charge because you will have to have PS +/ Live gold in order to play anyway

ricku1967
ricku1967

@cannahuana for consoles, it will have to be PS plus/live gold, beyond that i dont think they will charge more on consoles..for PC/Mac, they will do like ALL MMO's do..have a portion of the game free to play and you will have to pay for the full content...just my opinion

devild0ogwhite
devild0ogwhite

@Hurvl The main problem with most MMO's is they go for the theme park model, where you move from one attraction to the next as you level.  Meaning when you hit cap, a solid 90 percent or more of the world is worthless to you unless you like making lots of alts.  I'm hoping TESO takes a more sandbox style and allow you to visit areas at your ledger and still gain rewards and benefits from going to them. 

ricku1967
ricku1967

@arqe @DeViLzzz you thinking just because its going to be on consoles will make a MMO fail is very narrow minded..especially since the new consoles coming out will have PC architecture..they will be separate from the PC, there is no way its going to fail JUST because the game is on consoles as well

VR_Verdugo
VR_Verdugo

@ProjektInsanity There's a lot of bull in some of these F2P games trying to nickel and dime you around every corner. And then developers make design choices to force you to spend that money. Like one thing they do is they give you a billion items to collect and not nearly enough inventory. So either you don't collect them or you have to run to a vendor or the bank to unload them every 10 minutes (not fun). Or you pay for more inventory space. Okay, so you go look into purchasing more space and you find out it's going to cost you 500 Super Diamonds or whatever in-game currency they're using, which is the equivalent of say, $4. Except they won't sell you 500 Super Diamonds for $4, they will only sell 1500 for $12, etc.  You want to change the look of your character? Back to the item shop and it's the same thing. Anyway, I just prefer to be billed up front than play a "game" that keeps trying to get me to reach for my wallet.

ricku1967
ricku1967

@i2eaper0f5ouls @Tripwolf well, if they are going to do like almost every MMO out there then count on 20% of the game to be F2P and you have to pay for the other 80%

ricku1967
ricku1967

@i2eaper0f5ouls @highlanderjimd i was going to say the same thing...xbox one players will be playing with xbox one ppeps..PS4 peeps will be playing with PS4 peeps, and PC/Mac peeps will be playing with PC/Mac peeps...consoles will have zero effect on the PC game..he has no clue

ricku1967
ricku1967

@lorider25 @blueboxdoctor the combat is very close to elder scrolls and you do realize you cant get the type of graphics in an MMO that you can on a single player game dont you?

Compact87
Compact87

@ricku1967 Well i have been there (xboxlive) and level of their greed is infinite :)

ricku1967
ricku1967

@devild0ogwhite @Hurvl they have stated that this game will be more exploration based. not going from town to town seeing npc's with quest signs above there heads. you grab a quest, go back rinse and repeat..it wont be like that..you explore the land and find interesting things while exploring..i like that approach better.

ProjektInsanity
ProjektInsanity

@VR_Verdugo Oh, I completely agree, that was my point exactly.  I'd rather pay the game developers to do a thorough job and just enjoy my game than obnoxiously have to fund every trivial thing I do with real money.  I also dislike how many of these games destroy any natural competition that would exist in game by handing a free win to those who pay money, say, by making their gear indestructible in a game where you typically lose items in PvP.

ricku1967
ricku1967

@vongroove @ricku1967 @i2eaper0f5ouls @highlanderjimd you do realize the new consoles coming out have PC architecture right? no longer "slower CPU",no longer "slower GPU". no longer 'less memory" unless of course people have a very good gaming PC of course. but since these new consoles are made with PC architecture, the games translate a hell of a lot better than they use to

arqe
arqe

@ricku1967You even seen "Defiance" ? Game was truly new and good but "CONSOLE" side of the game killed PC side too. Because lack of players / income vs. all those investments and time spent for consoles.


Also did you know that ESO was coming to PC late 2013 November probably but it got dated to 2014 spring BECAUSE of the consoles ?

MMO's on consoles are nothing but bad investment.

vongroove
vongroove

@ricku1967 @i2eaper0f5ouls @highlanderjimd Er it does you know how limited console tech is compared too PC... When you have a slower CPU, slower GPU less memory, then that translates to PC, because, you ready for it? They have too limit what they do or put into the game duuuh!  Look at Skyrim, look at what can be done when it's got 200 mods, and a simple 660Ti can handle it...