We’ve seen convincing media for past MMOs only to be let down. Consider Age of Conan, expected by some to challenge the existing MMO market. Within months the game was practically dead. Was it due to it being released too soon or was there something inherently flawed with its development? Aion’s popularity was longer lasting, while Star Wars the Old Republic’s score card is still being filled out. I won’t even mention APB.
The Elder Scrolls Online Closed Beta Test is soon to be underway. As of writing this on January 22nd 2013 the beta signups are available at http://signup.elderscrollsonline.com. These signups are for the initial closed beta so far, for which only sign ups are open. As with past MMOs we’ll see the first beta invites go out within the next few weeks and then we’ll start hearing rumors of what’s actually in the game.
The Daggerfall Covenant is a convenient alliance of the north western races of Tamriel. These include the powerful orcs, mystical half-elf Breton and the brutish Redguard humans. Ruled by their High King Emeric, their ultimate goal, along with the other alliances, is to capture the Ruby Throne in Cyrodiil and control the whole of Tamriel.
In June of 2012 ZeniMax Studios along with Game Informer announced the much anticipated development of Elder Scrolls Online. ESO, which has been in one level of development or another since 2007, is slated for a “2013 release.”
What’s will be the difference between ESO and WoW? There is a big fear among the Elder Scrolls fan base that ESO will simply become another MMO, another World of Warcraft with Elder Scrolls names and themes. While the developers at ZeniMax are working their tails off to make sure this doesn’t happen, we’re going to take a look at some of the differences that we’re already aware of.
So what is ESO? ESO stands for Elder Scrolls Online. The online and massively multiplayer edition of the Elder Scrolls game series expected to be released in 2013. It is the next expected title to offer a serious challenge to World of Warcraft’s massive MMO market share.