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A Look At ESO Character Creation


Character creation is the first step in any Role Playing experience and is one of the most important decisions you will make. If you may be staring at a character for hours upon end you want as much control over their appearance as possible. This is one thing that the Elder Scrolls games have done very well, with a wide variety of races to chose from and many options for altering their appearance. There was some question if The Elder Scrolls Online would be able to recreate the same experience, but the development team assured players they wouldn’t be disappointed.  From the looks of this video they may have succeeded in meeting even the judgmental gamer’s standards.

The video shows off an incredibly wide variety of character models created using their character creator, and they all looked pretty amazing. From Argonians, to Khajiit, to Nords there are plenty of appearance details to play around with until you find the look that suits you.

What did you think of the character creation you saw in the video? Let us know in the comments below!

Ask Us Anything: Variety Pack 8

The developers of The Elder Scrolls Online give us another peek into the world of TESO in yet another edition of ‘Ask Us Anything”. This edition has no specific focus, and instead gives an overview of several different topics players had questions about.

Continue reading to see the whole thing for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments below. Continue reading

Rediscovering the Clannfear

If you have played some of the previous Elder Scroll games you may be familiar with the Clannfear, a nasty little Daedra that I think looks quite a bit like a demon raptor. They will be making a return to the Elder Scrolls world in ESO, and with a new look to boot.

You can take a look into the creation of the Clannfear if you continue reading, and be sure to let us know what you think of its new look in the comments below. Continue reading

Ask Us Anything: Lore Edition

The world of The Elder Scrolls is packed full of history, so much so that much of the series lore has nothing to do with any adventures that take place during the various games in the series. With the massive world that players will be able explore in ESO there is sure to be more chances than ever to learn  about the events and people that helped shape Tamriel. In the latest edition of “Ask Us Anything” we are given a look into some of the lore that will influence the game’s events, as well as teased with some new stories that we will be able to discover for the first time.

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Ask Us Anything: Variety Pack 7

It’s time again for the bi-weekly Ask Us Anything article from the ESO team. This week theu continue the trend of not focusing on any one topic in particular, instead giving players answeres to a wider variety of subjects.There does seem to be a greater emphasis on combat between the three different factions than anything else, so if you’ve been hungry for more info on that subject you are definitely going to want to take a look.

Continue reading to see the full article for yourself, and let us know what you think of the dev team’s answers in the comments below. Continue reading

ESO Wants You To Help Inspire Their Newest Emote

Have you always thought something would make an awesome emote for an MMO, only to never see it pop up in a game? Would you be willing to film yourself doing something silly if it won you a chance to get some sweet ESO swag? Well, here’s your chance.

The developers of ESO want you to help come up with their newest emote! All you need to do is take a short film (60 seconds or less) of you showing off your sweet emote moves. If the developers like it enough not only will it be coded into the game, but you will win some cool prizes as well! Those who wish to participate must send their submissions in by the 27th of this month, so hurry up and get those submissions in!

To see the announcement for yourself, as well as a full list of the contest rules, head over to the official ESO page to check them out/

Ask Us Anything: Variety Pack 6

It’s time again for the bi-weekly Ask Us Anything article from the ESO team. This week there is no central focus throughout the article, just a hodgepodge of various bits of information. IN particular there are a few questions centered around magical abilities, though there is talk of PvP and the aiming system as well.

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ESO To Be Subscription Based Only

During a recent interview with the website Gamestar  Matt Firor, General Manager of ZeniMax Online, revealed that The Elder Scrolls Online will use a purely subscription based business model and forego any free-to-play options.

When asked why the the studio has chosen to go with this model, despite more recent games being unable to survive on a subscription based game alone, Firor had this to say;

The Elder Scrolls games are all about allowing the player to go where they want, be who they want, and do what they want. We feel that putting pay gates between the player and content at any point in game ruins that feeling of freedom, and just having one small monthly fee for 100% access to the game fits the IP and the game much better than a system where you have to pay for features and access as you play.

A one month subscription to ESO is going to run players $14.99/€12.99/£8.99, though there will likely be discounts for players who purchase more than one month of gameplay at a time.

How do you feel about ESO being subscription based only? Let us know in the comments below.

Bringing The Flame Atronach To Life

The Atronachs are some of the most unique and deadly enemies in the Elder Scrolls series. The powerful enemies (and occasional allies) often pop up at the sides of mages powerful enough to control the beasts, wrapped in the very elements of nature and destroying anything in their path. Players can expect to run into all kinds of Atronachs in their ESO adventures, not the least of is the deadly Flame Atronach. Wrapped in flame, these creatures are capable of burning foes from a distance just as easily as they can scorch them up close.

Today we were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the development of this deadly creature. Continue reading to see the whole story for yourself, including a video of the Flame Atronach in action. Continue reading

Ask Us Anything: QuakeCon Live Gameplay

QuakeCon was a big event for ESP this year. New information was abundant, and the live stream gave many players a brand new (if not their first) look at the latest build for the game. This footage was, unsurprisingly, viewed over and over again by series fans who were excited to find every piece of information that the video had to offer.

As you can imagine there were many questions being asked by the fan base about what they saw during QuakeCon. Luckily for us that gameplay footage is the center piece in this week’s “Ask Us Anything”. Continue reading and you can see all the questions, and answers, floating around after the event. Continue reading