Weekly Screenshot Dissection – Jungle Bridges

Welcome ESO watchers, it’s time to dig into another hearty helping of screenshot goodness. Each week I trek through the treacherous jungle of ESO media in search of an elusive prize, the screenshot of the week! This time around, it’s an environmental screenshot that was one of my absolute favorites from the E3 media roll. This one depicts a series of rope bridges and wooden platforms precariously spanning a gorge.

Jungle Bridges

The flora of this ecosystem are very tropical, suggesting to me that we are dealing with one of the exotic southern provinces. My gut tells me this may be a Valenwood area. A pitfall for my theory concerns the use of wood in the construction of these bridges. The Green Pact forbids any Bosmer from harming plant life that grows in Valenwood, therefore the elves would be reliant on imported timber for the construction of these platforms. Under normal circumstances, the Bosmer themselves might rely on subtle paths known only to themselves, but in this time of political centralization with Altmer and Khajiiti forces joining their ranks, more accessible thoroughfares are likely required. Perhaps a justification for the usage of wooden buildings and bridges within Valenwood is that they are created by the allied races out of necessity in traversing the forests of Valenwood.

I personally love the feel of this area, and can’t wait to explore it in game. A mighty waterfall cascades down into the gorge below, and leaning cliff faces fence the canyon. It looks like there might be a cave entrance in the cliff wall on the left-central platform. In my opinion, this is a great demonstration of how ZOS can design an MMO appropriate area without the “climb any mountain” philosophy of the single player games that doesn’t feel artificially constrained by imaginary barriers. As such, we may see more frequent usage of rugged cliffs or impassible terrain in ESO to subtly and naturally constrain the player to pre-defined areas of interest. During my experience playing ESO at PAX East, it seemed like the zones they showed felt very naturally bordered and able to avoid situations where the game outright tells the player “you can’t go that way”.

What do you think about this scene, do you agree this is likely Valenwood? How important do you think the terms of the Green Pact will be for Bosmeri culture in ESO, do you think the Bosmer inclusion in the Aldmeri Dominion will justify ZOS in more visible use of timber in Bosmer environments? Are there any aspects of this environment that jump out at you as noteworthy? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

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    Erlexx

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    Good Job Atropos – I don’t think this is Valenwood. Not sure where I do think it is…just don’t think its there.

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    Erlex said on August 1, 2013 :

    Good Job Atropos – I don’t think this is Valenwood. Not sure where I do think it is…just don’t think its there.

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    Hwrath

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    Hrm…looks like a Khajiit-made obstacle course…

    /push Erlex off bridge

     

     

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    Galahad

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    Is that a screen shot from Far Cry 3? :P

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    Ravin

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    Tropical trees – definitely Elsweyr.  Maybe.

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    I agree probably Elsweyr.

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    That’s a screenshot of the game? Looks like artwork to me.

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    ba-cal

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    Elsweyr oooorrrrr maybe hammer fell. Unlikely but to me it looks like it could be.

     

     

     

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    Not really up on the lore as much as I would like. That said when was “the green pact” made ? Is it before or after this era of Elder scrolls ? Also of interest (perhaps) .. does “the green pact” prevent the working of timber that fell due to storms or fire, or usage of timber recovered from raiding parties ?

    So possibly Valenwood, or an area outsite Bosmer territory with similar terrain, or an area the Bosmer allowed others to work outside their primary area of control. Even potentially a raider camp from another faction inside the Bosmer homeland.

     

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    Good job Atropos, and just to update those who haven’t seen it yet here is some new footage/pictures. http://www.computerandvideogames.com/422067/new-elder-scrolls-online-gameplay-and-screenshots/

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    I think it’s Elsweyr, as well.  It looks like it’s in a narrow chasm that also holds an oasis.  I imagine that the top of the cliffs is barren, sandy desert.

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    Yep looks like Elsweyr to me, perhaps where the desert meets the jungle?

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    I didn’t even want to play this game until I heard about the jungle bridges. I wonder how they will function mechanically.

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    Great job Atropos!

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    I have reason to believe this is Elsweyr. Just look at some of the screenshots from the Skyrim mod, “Moonpath to Elsweyr.” It looks a lot like it.

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    well, all i can say is that even though this place does look interesting, it seems to straight foward for a good adventure.

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    Maybe summerset isles? looks tropical

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    Grimalkin said on August 1, 2013 :

    Hrm…looks like a Khajiit-made obstacle course…

    /push Erlex off bridge

    I’m thinking the same thing, but on the island off the southeast coast of Elsweyr

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    Lore wise Cyrodiil is supposed to be a jungle / rain forest. Could see this being part of the outer edge.

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