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The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Signups

The Elder Scrolls Online Website is now accepting applications to beta test Bethesda's upcoming MMO installment in their RPG series. This announcement has details along with this cinematic trailer, saying: "Please be aware that this is just beta sign-ups. Once our first beta test begins, we’ll make sure everyone knows—watch our official website, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter for an announcement about the first round of invites." Here's the official announcement:

Bethesda Softworks® and ZeniMax® Online Studios today announced that beta signups are now open for The Elder Scrolls® Online at ElderScrollsOnline.com. Interested gamers simply have to go to the website and register for a chance to play. Selected beta registrants will be granted early access to beta test the game. They will be among the first to experience this epic world with others in one of 2013’s most highly-anticipated releases. Timing and details of the start of playtests will be provided at a later date to those who register.

“We’re really excited to get the game into players’ hands,” said Matt Firor, game director of The Elder Scrolls Online. “We receive invaluable feedback through the beta process, and that helps us ensure that the game will be one of the best online gaming experiences ever offered -- one worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise.”

The Elder Scrolls Online brings the award-winning Elder Scrolls experience online for the first time. Using ZeniMax Online’s Megaserver technology, players will join one connected world with a built in social network that lets them stay up-to-date with everything their friends are doing. Megaserver technology avoids the hassle of shard selection and makes The Elder Scrolls Online one of the most socially enabled games ever created. Whether playing alone, or with hundreds of friends, players can develop their own style of play as they embark upon an epic quest across Tamriel.

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56. Re: More Big Picture Details Jan 22, 2013, 22:41 Dades
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 22:00:
Go watch some dev movies, there are several unique features. The most unique is simply playing like TES but with others. TES doesn't play like wow.

I think he meant specifically what features. I've watched several dev videos and don't really see what sets this apart so I'd like to know what you were talking about out of curiosity too.

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55. Re: More Big Picture Details Jan 22, 2013, 22:00 HorrorScope
 
Dev wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 21:07:
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 17:49:
NKD wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 14:57:
Fibrocyte wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 14:48:
Such unfounded negativity...

I'm looking forward to this.

Unfounded? Really? It's a Skyrim skin for WoW.

I found quite a few intriguing features in ESO vs Wow.
Such as?

Go watch some dev movies, there are several unique features. The most unique is simply playing like TES but with others. TES doesn't play like wow.
 
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54. Re: More Big Picture Details Jan 22, 2013, 21:07 Dev
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 17:49:
NKD wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 14:57:
Fibrocyte wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 14:48:
Such unfounded negativity...

I'm looking forward to this.

Unfounded? Really? It's a Skyrim skin for WoW.

I found quite a few intriguing features in ESO vs Wow.
Such as?
 
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53. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Signups Jan 22, 2013, 20:43 Creston
 
I thought Daggerfall was crap. 15000 cities... yay? And every quest was a generic "go to point X on the map, and then come back."

At least, in what little I saw of it, and what little I remember of it. It was also buggy as fuck.

I never played that next one, the pirate one? But God, have I put in hours into Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim. It's an easy 1000+.

Sadly, even that love for Tamriel won't really make me cough up 15 bucks a month for this.

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52. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Signups Jan 22, 2013, 20:22 Alamar
 
Watching a trailer like that... Just makes me think... 'Finish the movie, and screw the game...' : )

I am currently MMO'd out... I love the genre, but I just don't feel like playing any of them atm... I should try out a few of the newly-free ones, but meh...

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51. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Signups Jan 22, 2013, 20:07 jdreyer
 
Riker wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 19:01:
Wow, that's some damned fine CG. Now, let's hope I'm impressed as much by the game itself.

That's the thing I was wondering: How much of that CG has anything to do with the gameplay in ESO?
 
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50. Re: More Big Picture Details Jan 22, 2013, 19:43 HorrorScope
 
Krizzen wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 19:29:
I see Elder Scrolls as massively singleplayer; NOT massively multiplayer!

And that would be fine by me. Perhaps Neverwinter the same. I don't need a mmo, I need coop rpg's.
 
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49. Re: Meh... Jan 22, 2013, 19:41 Bhruic
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 19:37:
Well, y'all making me feel like a spring chicken, seeing as I didn't start with the Elder Scrolls until Daggerfall. Huzzah!

The sad thing is the beta app only went back to Morrowind. Where's our chance to prove what total fanboys we are??
 
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48. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Signups Jan 22, 2013, 19:39 jdreyer
 
RaZ0r! wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 18:07:
I can haz interwebs ban if I don't report bugs???

If Bethesda was owned by EA, they'd send someone to your house to confiscate your disc copies of Morrowind & Oblivion.
 
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47. Re: Meh... Jan 22, 2013, 19:37 jdreyer
 
Ratty wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 16:53:
JohnBirshire wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 14:46:
I'm one of the longest fans of the franchise, having followed Arena in developement, and considering it to be my favorite game of all time. I was actually going to kill myself when I was younger but wanted to wait for Daggerfall, so you could argue that the series saved my life.
I guess I'm the second longest fan. I started with Arena but I didn't follow it through development like you - just played it when it came out. Don't you miss passwall?

Not suicidal but I've often thought what a bummer it would be to up and die just before a new ES game came out. If I'm going to be hit by a bus or something, let it be when there aren't any good games coming out.

Well, y'all making me feel like a spring chicken, seeing as I didn't start with the Elder Scrolls until Daggerfall. Huzzah!
 
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46. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Signups Jan 22, 2013, 19:29 Krizzen
 
This game could be good, and it could be successful. However, it's a strange, unnecessary diversion from the series. I seriously hope Zenimax's foray into an Elder Scrolls disguised Dark of Camelot 2 doesn't affect the release cycle of Bethesda's singleplayer games.

I see Elder Scrolls as massively singleplayer; NOT massively multiplayer!
 
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45. Re: Meh... Jan 22, 2013, 19:28 Dades
 
sauron wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 17:23:
GW2 did it as well and are still doing so after release. Their devs post on the official forums frequently, answering questions and taking suggestions.

Not sure I could do that, for any MMO. Rabid fanbases for those games - people spend years (sometimes decades!) playing them.

Yeah, I think their success speaks for itself and the PvP community will keep those games going long after the PVE people burn through content patches.

Looking forward to the next expansion.

Not sure what to expect from this game, the trailers don't give you much to go on. I don't like auto atk WOW style shit so I hope that's not their approach here.

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44. Re: Meh... Jan 22, 2013, 19:18 Axis
 
sauron wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 17:23:
Axis wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 16:29:
Pretty simple formula for success these days.

1. Long beta (a year or so) with sustained player-base.
2. competent developers who listen to said playerbase.

If these two happen, the game will succeed. If not, it's bound to fail.

Last MMO with that formula was, love it or hate it, WoW.

GW2 did it as well and are still doing so after release. Their devs post on the official forums frequently, answering questions and taking suggestions.

Not sure I could do that, for any MMO. Rabid fanbases for those games - people spend years (sometimes decades!) playing them.

Guild Wars 2 was one of the worst actually imo, if only because they kept forums down virtually all the time - their devs were very stand-offish when I saw their posts. Admittedly I wasn't in any proper 'closed' beta, but I also didn't know ANYONE who was in their 'closed' beta, and I know a bunch of dudes in the industry -- another red flag.

I don't see GW2 going anywhere but down. I know people want to stay optimistic about them and that's fine I hope them the best.
 
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43. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Signups Jan 22, 2013, 19:18 Slick
 
Fibrocyte wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 14:48:
Such unfounded negativity...

I'm looking forward to this.

i know right, welcome to blues forums... *sadface*

but think of it this way, if the haters don't play the game, then that means it'll be a more hater-free experience for the rest of us

this looks great, loved morrowind, oblivion, and skyrim, but i always wanted to play with my friends, and now i can! thanks TES for giving me exactly what i want.

 
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42. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Signups Jan 22, 2013, 19:01 Riker
 
Wow, that's some damned fine CG. Now, let's hope I'm impressed as much by the game itself.  
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41. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Signups Jan 22, 2013, 19:01 1badmf
 
despite MMOs' long history of suckage, i'll never give up hope. eventually somebody's gotta realize the WOW clones are worn out well beyont market saturation... right?!?! somebody's gotta try something new at some point... right?!? please please please try something innovative guys! if nothing else, make the combat something like Chivalry. good god, no more fucking autoattack.  
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40. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Signups Jan 22, 2013, 18:07 RaZ0r!
 
I can haz interwebs ban if I don't report bugs???  
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39. Re: More Big Picture Details Jan 22, 2013, 17:56 ItBurn
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 17:54:
Ratty wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 16:53:
JohnBirshire wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 14:46:
I'm one of the longest fans of the franchise, having followed Arena in developement, and considering it to be my favorite game of all time. I was actually going to kill myself when I was younger but wanted to wait for Daggerfall, so you could argue that the series saved my life.
I guess I'm the second longest fan. I started with Arena but I didn't follow it through development like you - just played it when it came out.

My first memories of Daggerfall was when it came out, it was probably the buggiest game I ever loaded up. Crystalware on the Atari PC's was close. Never played it until they released it for free a couple years back. 15,000! CITIES BIG! Too much of a good thing.

Daggerfall is my favorite RPG ever. I want more randomization in recent games. GOOD randomization.
 
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38. Re: More Big Picture Details Jan 22, 2013, 17:54 HorrorScope
 
Ratty wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 16:53:
JohnBirshire wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 14:46:
I'm one of the longest fans of the franchise, having followed Arena in developement, and considering it to be my favorite game of all time. I was actually going to kill myself when I was younger but wanted to wait for Daggerfall, so you could argue that the series saved my life.
I guess I'm the second longest fan. I started with Arena but I didn't follow it through development like you - just played it when it came out.

My first memories of Daggerfall was when it came out, it was probably the buggiest game I ever loaded up. Crystalware on the Atari PC's was close. Never played it until they released it for free a couple years back. 15,000! CITIES BIG! Too much of a good thing.
 
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37. Re: More Big Picture Details Jan 22, 2013, 17:49 HorrorScope
 
NKD wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 14:57:
Fibrocyte wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 14:48:
Such unfounded negativity...

I'm looking forward to this.

Unfounded? Really? It's a Skyrim skin for WoW.

I found quite a few intriguing features in ESO vs Wow.
 
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