The Elder Scrolls Online starts taking beta signups; new trailer released

In 2012, developer Zenimax Online Studios and publisher Bethesda Softworks finally announced The Elder Scrolls Online, the long awaited MMO game set in the popular Elder Scrolls fantasy RPG series. Today, fans of the game were given the first opportunity to sign up to beta test the MMO.

The game's official website has the information on how fans can sign up for consideration to be picked for the upcoming beta test. Both PC and Mac players will be able to join in the beta test once it begins. So far there's no information on when the first people will start beta testing Elder Scrolls Online. A new edition of the Bethesda Podcast does contains more information from development team members on the beta test.

Bethesda Softworks has also released a new CGI trailer for the game, shown above. The trailer, which runs over five minutes, is certainly pretty to look at but is obviously not using the game's graphics engine.

The Elder Scrolls Online is currently scheduled for a launch sometime before the end of 2013. So far, Bethesda has yet to reveal whether the game will be a free-to-play title or if it will be subscription-based only.

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Perfect72 said,
That trailer is definitely among my top 3 of badass trailers for a game of all time!

Yea it was quite good. For me (as far as trailers go) it's a tossup between this and the new Heart of the Swarm trailer for my personal "best trailer ever."

Just hope the gameplay is as good.

Perfect72 said,
That trailer is definitely among my top 3 of badass trailers for a game of all time!

Hope I get in!

And I used to think Blizzard's cinematics were good...

I signed up though I don't have much hope that this game will be all that interesting. This cinematic is nice and all but the game play trailers they released a few months ago looked incredibly bland.

Their page thing said I had an excellent chance of getting into the beta. Not sure how they determine that though.

trag3dy said,
I signed up though I don't have much hope that this game will be all that interesting. This cinematic is nice and all but the game play trailers they released a few months ago looked incredibly bland.

Their page thing said I had an excellent chance of getting into the beta. Not sure how they determine that though.


Pretty easy.
The more stuff you provide the better your odds of being chosen are actually.

My chances are "above average" which seems like a pretty good chance to me, because both of us are above what "everyone" was (or is expected to be) willing or able to provide.

GS:mac

Well, they seem to be taking notes from GW2, which I love. If they can push for a better story, given all the tools they have available to them, or ways to implement the story telling experience better, I think they have the potential to do loads with this.

That is, if they have the right team for the job.

The difference is that Anet has experience making multiplayer games though. Bethesda doesn't.

And then there is the big question of how well will they translate the game play mechanics of the Elder Scrolls games to an mmo?

We'll see eventually I guess.

That's what I mean though. Having the team that's capable of pulling off such a feat, as opposed to just talking about the things they'd like to do.

I'm just saying they're heading in the right direction at least. Execution is everything though.

The thing I'm most interested in is their mega server. How feasible is it really going to be? Since everyone will essentially be on the same server and if the areas aren't huge I worry about the areas feeling way to crowded.

trag3dy said,
The thing I'm most interested in is their mega server. How feasible is it really going to be? Since everyone will essentially be on the same server and if the areas aren't huge I worry about the areas feeling way to crowded.

Maybe they would have multiple "dimensions" much like the free MMORPG 4Story, which is an excellent game by the way.

So there is one and the same place split up into say 5 "rooms" and depending on your room you'll see different action taking place and different people.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Pretty easy.
The more stuff you provide the better your odds of being chosen are actually.

My chances are "above average" which seems like a pretty good chance to me, because both of us are above what "everyone" was (or is expected to be) willing or able to provide.

GS:mac

Heh, if you checked either of the "Subscribe me to your spam stuffs, newsletters, and junk" box, you would have gotten excellent. Kind of dumb you have to do that to get excellent, but it is whatever. Hope I get picked!

Perfect72 said,

Heh, if you checked either of the "Subscribe me to your spam stuffs, newsletters, and junk" box, you would have gotten excellent. Kind of dumb you have to do that to get excellent, but it is whatever. Hope I get picked!


Ah hell...

I wouldn't exactly oppose those newsletters, as they are at least proper official ones and not spam disguising as newsletter. (God how I hate that kind of spam)

Ah well... Good luck to me

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Ah hell...

I wouldn't exactly oppose those newsletters, as they are at least proper official ones and not spam disguising as newsletter. (God how I hate that kind of spam)

Ah well... Good luck to me

GS:mac

Yeah. I think this is the first time I have ever checked one of those boxes. But that is because I am genuinely interested in more ESO news. Hopefully my inbox doesn't get bloated from it.

Perfect72 said,

Yeah. I think this is the first time I have ever checked one of those boxes. But that is because I am genuinely interested in more ESO news. Hopefully my inbox doesn't get bloated from it.


Me, too... However I was actually wanting to sort out my current newsletters first and then sign up to ES stuff later on.

Crap...

GS:mac

Perfect72 said,

Heh, if you checked either of the "Subscribe me to your spam stuffs, newsletters, and junk" box, you would have gotten excellent. Kind of dumb you have to do that to get excellent, but it is whatever. Hope I get picked!

I didn't check either of those boxes. I only filled out my mmo/beta history.

trag3dy said,
The difference is that Anet has experience making multiplayer games though. Bethesda doesn't.

And then there is the big question of how well will they translate the game play mechanics of the Elder Scrolls games to an mmo?

We'll see eventually I guess.

Bethesda isn't even making TESO, Zenimax's newly formed "Zenimax Online" studio is making this. I'm sure the bethesda may be assisting on lore side of things but beyond that I'm not sure...