Ever since the May 3 announcement of an Elder Scrolls MMORPG being in development, I’ve had to wonder about a couple things. Initially, I thought it might be really neat to see an MMORPG in that universe. After all, the games are so incredibly well-done and the universe they are in is so rich that it practically lends itself to an MMO.
Or does it?
The more I’ve thought about this and discussed the idea with people, the more I am becoming convinced that an MMORPG in that series would probably end up being much like “Star Wars: The Old Republic.” Don’t get me wrong: If you are thoroughly enjoying that game still and love its single-player approach to an online game (odd concept, right?) then by all means continue to enjoy it! On the other hand, if you have your doubts about the style of TOR and its overall execution, likely you’d have the same issues with this proposed game. After all, the Elder Scrolls titles are so immersive and really draw you into their worlds perhaps more than almost any other game.
But wait: Doesn’t TOR derive from a series that also did the same thing?
I have a strong feeling that one of two things will happen to an Elder Scrolls MMORPG: It will either be a pay-to-play single-player experience quite similar to TOR or, in order to prevent that, they will fall back on the old tried-and-true (and boring!) models games have these days and just be “another MMORPG” set in the Elder Scrolls universe.
It’s very likely the game won’t be seen until at least later in 2013, if not later than that. Still, I’d love to hear some of your thoughts on the matter!