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Elder Scrolls Online Won't Be Buggy Mess, Says Zenimax

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Beta testing will keep The Elder Scrolls Online from being quite so buggy as Skyrim and Fallout 3.

The Elder Scrolls Online game director Matt Firor recently told Edge Magazine in an interview that the upcoming MMOG shouldn't be quite as buggy at launch as prior titles like Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. He laughed when Edge pointed out Bethesda's buggy past with single-player games, saying that MMOGs add even more problems to the equation.

"There’s also many different types of tech problems when you create an MMOG," he said. "Account creation, servers, latency. The critical difference with MMOGs, though, is that you have a long beta test where you build up to thousands and thousands of players, and you tackle those problems as you run into them there."

The big difference between the upcoming MMOG and the more recent Bethesda titles is that it's currently in development at Zenimax Online using a completely new engine. That could be good or bad, depending on how you look at it, but the separation from the original core Elder Scrolls team could be seen as a clean slate for starting anew. Yet that doesn't mean players will feel like they're in an entirely new environment. Despite a new team and a new engine, lore will keep the MMO deeply embedded in Bethesda's fantasy universe.

"Even now, I come across lore that I didn't know existed," he admits. "It's just so deep. People play games for different reasons, but the people who respond to Elder Scrolls the most like to get immersed in a world so that they feel they're living there. They like to have freedom of choice to do what they want to do, and that's the part that resonates with us the most."

"This is what makes the IP so great for an MMOG already: people already know it's the kind of game where they can head out and explore and be rewarded for it," he added. "That's the one thing that player will learn immediately that's different about us: if you see something in the distance, you can go and investigate and be rewarded for it."

Firor also said that Zenimax knew it wanted to make an Elder Scrolls MMOG for a long time. Firor proposed the three alliances, the fight over the imperial city, and the setting 1000 years in the past. That got traction, and team went on from there.

To read the full interview, head here.

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    amk-aka-Phantom , May 26, 2012 6:30 AM
    Elder Scrolls Online Won't Be Buggy Mess, Says Zenimax

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    lahawzel , May 26, 2012 6:13 AM
    When was the last time a publisher claimed their game will be a buggy mess at launch?

    I'm not sure how reassuring this interview is supposed to be, but the only way to know about the state of the game with certainty is to play the MMO when it comes out.
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    sundragon , May 26, 2012 6:18 AM
    Famous last words...

    Exhibit 1. Skyrim at launch...

    Exhibit 2. Diablo 3 at launch...

    When making super complex games that have multiple possible failures such as servers, account authentication, DRMs, etc. Saying there will be no bugs is like tempting fate...

    Fate is a bitch
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    lahawzel , May 26, 2012 6:13 AM
    When was the last time a publisher claimed their game will be a buggy mess at launch?

    I'm not sure how reassuring this interview is supposed to be, but the only way to know about the state of the game with certainty is to play the MMO when it comes out.
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    sundragon , May 26, 2012 6:18 AM
    Famous last words...

    Exhibit 1. Skyrim at launch...

    Exhibit 2. Diablo 3 at launch...

    When making super complex games that have multiple possible failures such as servers, account authentication, DRMs, etc. Saying there will be no bugs is like tempting fate...

    Fate is a bitch
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    amk-aka-Phantom , May 26, 2012 6:30 AM
    Elder Scrolls Online Won't Be Buggy Mess, Says Zenimax

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    erunion , May 26, 2012 7:53 AM
    Wouldn't want bugs to ruin their massively multiplayer "100% solo main story line" online role playing game.
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    unionoob , May 26, 2012 8:27 AM
    its almost impossible to make game on launch without bags, even with beta testing

    Without beta testing its hard to catch all bugs, because you just lack number of peoples who would try almost all possible ways to bug something, but on beta testing, devs tend to slack there own testing and trusting gamers will find bugs, but problem is that many beta testers just cba reporting bugs, they sometime bitch why something doesn't work, but tend to not report that problem and almost always thing " someone else already have reported it" + during beta testing many tend to report some minor bull crap and flood devs with reports and make them rought time to get to serious bugs.

    -Sorry about my english :( 
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    bennaye , May 26, 2012 9:17 AM
    Well the alternative is saying that their game will be bugged in some way or another. It's not as if they could say otherwise :L
    At least Bethesda isn't heavily involved in the whole process. If they were, this statement would have been the biggest joke in history. Fallout 3, Fallout NV, Oblivion, Skyrim; all were buggy beyond belief.
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    alhanelem , May 26, 2012 10:51 AM
    Elder Scrolls Online Will Be Buggy Mess, Says anyone with common sense
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    hoofhearted , May 26, 2012 11:35 AM
    Just don't make it! Elder Scrolls games need to stay single player.
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    jkflipflop98 , May 26, 2012 11:44 AM
    If a bug happens in an MMO, and no one is there to play it, is it really a bug?
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    jkflipflop98 , May 26, 2012 11:45 AM
    What we want : Skyrim with a friend or two
    What we don't want : Yet another tired Everquest clone.
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    techguy911 , May 26, 2012 12:11 PM
    Quote:
    Beta testing will keep The Elder Scrolls Online from being quite so buggy as Skyrim and Fallout 3.


    ??? every game that is on the market is beta tested and still have bugs even console games just look at game of thrones rpg for ps3.
    They also go through QA testing just look at diablo 3 it had a long beta test that does not guarantee that there will be no bugs.
    I hope that this game will be skill based there are just too many level based games and i get sick of cookie cutter classes that have all same skills.

    You would think console games would have no bugs but game of thrones rpg ps3 i got stuck in doors, saves crashed the ps3, sound stutters and cuts out, you have trouble picking up some loot ect.
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    killerclick , May 26, 2012 12:18 PM
    jkflipflop98What we want : Skyrim with a friend or two


    No, no no nonono. No friends. You want to play with friends, go to the park and do reenactments or whatever. Computer gaming is all about not needing other people to have fun.
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    Hatecrime69 , May 26, 2012 12:35 PM
    LaHawzelWhen was the last time a publisher claimed their game will be a buggy mess at launch?


    Ea basically does with their day 1 patches :p 
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    Achoo22 , May 26, 2012 1:03 PM
    TES just doesn't work as an MMO. The things we love and hold dear about the series just simply don't translate to multiplayer. In past games, one could go from broke and naked to well-armored and rich by sneaking through a few wealthy neighborhoods and stealing everything within reach. One could trade with vendors, or kill them and steal their wares. If one wanted a house, they need only pick one and kill its inhabitants. I'm pretty sure that none of this will be possible in a MMO. Instead of a game designed to allow you to become the most powerful being in the universe, you're going to be stuck in a world where the devs are constantly nerfing your potential for fear of imbalance with other players. There will be gear and items to which you will never have access, regardless of circumstance. The rich storylines of previous games that pattern you as a single hero fulfilling a storied legacy while simultaneously becoming the leader of the guilds will no longer be valid. In short, making a MMO out of TES is the very definition of selling out, and I am disgusted with the prospects - buggy or not.
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    maigo , May 26, 2012 1:13 PM
    Oh, well the team be taking classes at the local community collage?
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    bystander , May 26, 2012 1:34 PM
    killerclickNo, no no nonono. No friends. You want to play with friends, go to the park and do reenactments or whatever. Computer gaming is all about not needing other people to have fun.

    What is the point of an MMO if you don't play with other players? I can play Skyrim for that.

    bennayeWell the alternative is saying that their game will be bugged in some way or another. It's not as if they could say otherwise :LAt least Bethesda isn't heavily involved in the whole process. If they were, this statement would have been the biggest joke in history. Fallout 3, Fallout NV, Oblivion, Skyrim; all were buggy beyond belief.

    You forget their worst bug ridden game. Daggerfall.
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    killerclick , May 26, 2012 2:21 PM
    bystanderWhat is the point of an MMO if you don't play with other players? I can play Skyrim for that.


    There shouldn't be an Elder Scrolls Online in the first place. People who loved Skyrim, Oblivion and Morrowind (and Daggerfall and Arena) aren't likely to be huge MMO fans and vice versa. Even if a whole different studio is doing Elder Scrolls Online, there's no need to dilute the franchise with cookie-cutter MMOs.
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    Teslarifle , May 26, 2012 2:37 PM
    I'd rather see a Fallout MMO
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    demonhorde665 , May 26, 2012 4:05 PM
    maybe its just me , but honestly i never saw even a quarter of the bugs , that every one claimed , were prevailent in oblivion, fallout 3, FONV ,and skyrim. In fact i can't recount any bug issue with any of those games. maybe it's just my good luck , but i have seen plenty of other games that were lauded highly that were bug ridden worse than these.
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    demonhorde665 , May 26, 2012 4:10 PM
    Achoo22TES just doesn't work as an MMO. The things we love and hold dear about the series just simply don't translate to multiplayer. In past games, one could go from broke and naked to well-armored and rich by sneaking through a few wealthy neighborhoods and stealing everything within reach. One could trade with vendors, or kill them and steal their wares. If one wanted a house, they need only pick one and kill its inhabitants. I'm pretty sure that none of this will be possible in a MMO. Instead of a game designed to allow you to become the most powerful being in the universe, you're going to be stuck in a world where the devs are constantly nerfing your potential for fear of imbalance with other players. There will be gear and items to which you will never have access, regardless of circumstance. The rich storylines of previous games that pattern you as a single hero fulfilling a storied legacy while simultaneously becoming the leader of the guilds will no longer be valid. In short, making a MMO out of TES is the very definition of selling out, and I am disgusted with the prospects - buggy or not.


    CHEERS to this !

    i think they should ditch any plans or a fallout mmo and ditch the ES mmo , this is sheerly a market grab attemptby zenimax to get in on MMO's. the servers will wind up chalked full of total noobs that never played a single ES game before , and don't even RP because they don't even know what those two letters together stand for really. No thanks.
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