Welcome to the first installment of Heimskr’s High Horse, a weekly round-up of all things Elder Scrolls Online. From player made podcasts to official developer interviews, this weekly feature focuses on the week’s hottest news and most popular forum topics. My name is Byronyk, a community moderator for Tamriel Foundry and guild member of Entropy Rising. I look forward to spending the next year getting to know more of the TF community while sharing the latest information and community creations for The Elder Scrolls Online. If you are like me and cannot wait to get your hands on the most anticipated MMO of 2013, join me every week on Sunday for the most up to date information on ESO development.
Development – What you need to know!
If you haven’t heard the announcement for beta yet, you either were too busy winning a gold medal in the Olympics or liberating $20 trillion in oil from Australia. Beta is now official folks! Last Monday, Zenimax allowed players to sign up for Beta which will be rolling out within the next few weeks to month(s). There has been a lot of confusion surrounding beta sign ups and who/how/when you will be picked. Let’s clear that up shall we?
- When you signed up, you signed up for a chance at beta. You are not guaranteed beta.
- Check your spam folder. Many people are receiving the confirmation email in their spam folder.
- No invites have yet been distributed. Beta will launch within the next few weeks to month(s). Zenimax will announce via Facebook, Twitter, and other social media when they send out the first wave of invites.
Now I’ve seen a lot of talk on the forums how certain people will have an advantage – or otherwise – in being accepted to the beta. Wrong. You are not a special snow flake. The majority of testers chosen will be at random or based on computer specs. The logistical improbability of hand picking testers through tens of thousands of potential players is not going to happen. On the bright side though, I’m rooting for you!
Coupled with the beta announcement, we were given a new CG trailer titled ‘The Alliances’. I don’t know about you, but holy titty Christ batman. If you weren’t like this the entire time, go watch that trailer again… and again. Recently on Reddit and other community forums, players have been saying things like “Omg, I can’t believe they spent the money and time to make this trailer! They should have been working hard on the game instead! #Yolo #Swag.” Let me break this down for you:
- The development team and CG team are separate. The game was not affected.
- Marketing is necessary if you want enough people to play the game and in turn pay for new content
- The marketing/advertising budget != development budget.
Tl;dr – Stfu and enjoy mayhem and slaughter.
On the exact same day as the beta announcement, we were given the chance to hear from Matt Firor, game producer and designer of Elder Scrolls Online and Paul Sage, creative director of Elder Scrolls Online. In episode 17 of the Bethesda Podcast, Paul Sage and Matt Firor cover selected community questions that have been pooled together from multiple sources over the past month. Here’s a brief overview of some of the main points learned (or restated) during the podcast.
- Beta is being used to test networking, player load, and general game quality
- Beta is starting “soon”
- ZoS wants to test with a very small/specific group of testers first
- Mac players will get to test ESO
- Early testing will be 4-5 hour periods of targeted testing
- Open beta will be 1 month~ before launch
- PvP testing will happen later in beta
- Inventory capacity will be based on slots and feature sorting/filtering options
- Upon death, players may spawn where they died with a penalty, or respawn away from their corpse at a Wayshrine.
If you want the full dissection or discuss what was said on the podcast, feel free to join the conversation here!
(Recap thanks to @TitoTheBuilder)
MMORPG Interview with Paul Sage
MMORPG.com sat down with Paul Sage, creative director of Elder Scrolls Online and did a live stream interview to ask community questions. The majority of the interview was general information we already knew, however we did find out some information on crafting. I won’t get into much detail, but if you want more of the meat on crafting, start the video at 18:00.
Community Round Up – It’s alive!
ESO Cast with Jesse Cox & Force
As the development gets closer and closer to launch, more and more podcasts seem to be sprouting out of thin air! This week was no different with the introduction of the ESO Cast hosted by the popular YouTube personalities Jesse Cox and Dennis ‘Force’ Duhamel. Both of these guys have enormous experience in both commentating and dissecting gameplay. In fact, Jesse Cox was one of the first ever players outside Zenimax Online Studios to pre-alpha test ESO (With our very own Atropos at Tamriel Foundry). If you’re interested in a general overview of what-we-know-so-far and 50 minutes to kill, go check them out!
Elder Scrolls Off The Record Community Spotlight
This week, Tamriel Foundry’s very own Atropos and Blade sat down with the hosts of Elder Scrolls Off The Record. In OTR’s very first community spotlight, the TF founders went over their popular YouTube video, Misconceptions Regarding The Elder Scrolls Online which now boasts over 100,000 views. Likewise, you’ll hear a recap on some information we already know with the perspective on this round table discussion. In ending, Atropos and Blade discuss a little bit about Tamriel Foundry with the hosts of Off The Record.
The Cogwheels of Tamriel Foundry - After hours!
The After Hours Club is a special section in Heimskr’s High Horse to look over the most popular, the most controversial, and the most insightful community topics of the week. This week we have three threads that are sure to satisfy your curiosity or feed the fires of internet barbarism.
- First, we have the Popular. Are you a free to play, buy to play, or subscription player? Post your thoughts inside! F2P/B2P/Sub – What Are Your Thoughts?.
- Second, we have the Insightful. @Terminus-Zaire gave a detailed breakdown of how leveling works in Elder Scrolls Online.
- Lastly, we have the Controversial. Put on your fire resistant glasses, this is a hot one! If you are a veteran TES fan or hardcore MMO player, take a look inside and speak your mind on who YOU think has the advantage in ESO. MMO Players Vs. TES Players.
That was one insane week! Beta, new CG trailer, and more interviews then Heimskr can prosthelytize at! At the end of the day though, it’s you, the community, that I care about. That being said, I want to hear your opinion! What were you doing when you first heard of beta? Do you think the CG trailer was a waste of money and time? Anything! I hope you enjoyed the first installment of Heimskr’s High Horse. Next week already has some great information waiting to be posted, so come back, stay awhile, and listen.