Updated Wed, Jan 16, 2013 by gunky
The Elder Scrolls Online was our winner for Most Anticipated MMO of 2013, and for good reason. Over the past decade or so, the Elder Scrolls series of single-player games has set the gold standard for what RPGs can be and what they can do. And while complexity has given ground to accessibility over the past few titles, outstanding quality has always been paramount. It stands to reason, then, that the MMO iteration of this acclaimed series should be just as outstanding.
Here, then, are the five things we are most looking forward to experiencing when The Elder Scrolls Online launches later this year.
It should be safe to assume that all characters, regardless of race, class or faction, will start out as prisoners and gradually rise to soaring heights of power, fame and glory over the course of a long epic tale. That has been the case of every Elder Scrolls game since the beginning - start with a prison break (or release), scavenge like a rat in the city streets and the wilderness, fumble your way into deep conspiracies, scrabble your way to the top of your profession, ladder-climb through the ranks of the guilds, rub elbows with royalty, battle a Daedric god or three and eventually come to be recognized as a great champion of Tamriel. Thus far, that journey has never disappointed.
Zenimax Online hasn't released any real details about the personal story quests yet, but the whole "former convict makes good" story is central to the franchise. What we do know is that the player starts out as a victim of Daedric Prince Molag Bal, who stole the character's soul (which we can only assume is somehow illegal and lands the character in prison). And it has been revealed that players will be able to conquer the White Gold Tower in Cyrodiil through PvP, and become Emperor. So we know both ends of the story already. All that remains now is the awesome journey.