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I recently sent this to Zenimax studios. Please send your concerns as well to Zenimax about their upcoming MMO. I'm sure it is too late for them to make any dramatic changes, but I hope they take this into concideration all the same.
I have enjoyed the Elders Scrolls Franchise since Morrowinds release. To this day, I enjoy the freedom and the ingenious formula your games have provided us in the world of Elders Scrolls. I believe most of your fan-base enjoys precisely the same qualities I buy your games for. But, after some of the information that has released, I am concerned about the route you have taken with this MMORPG.
When people think Morrowind/Oblivion/Skyrim, they instantly equate the name with freedom, open world (sandbox), and of course story. Bethesda should stick to this formula to attract the fan-base it worked so hard to acquire. The masses especially now are looking for a fresh and innovative feel to there MMOs. I have played about 80% of all North American released MMOs and all major releases within the last 2 decades. Within this decade, the MMO genre has turned from a niche, into a household name.
World of Warcraft is the reason for the increased popularity in the genre. Every MMO since World of Warcraft has tried and failed at copying its formula. They haven't failed because the games were dramatically flawed, lets not forget that World of Warcraft was extremely flawed on release, they failed because of one issue, they tried to make a similar product that would compete with something that has been perfected over multiple years. Ill give you a simple example, If Ford decided to make a Porsche 911 with all the features that it has in it, they would fail because Porsche has been perfecting its design for 30 years.
As you may know, trust, especially in an economic downturn is paramount in business. People will feel more obliged to purchase a product if they know that the previous product was satisfactory. The bestselling Elders Scrolls Skyrim (and before that Oblivion) was released, many game websites and players alike gave rave reviews. Because of this, the future Elders Scrolls game will no doubt sell well.
My message is simple, Zenimax/Bethesda has the brain capacity and the fan base to create not only a long lasting (most profitable) MMO, but also create a MMO that can be remembered and admired for decades to come. Don't let greed destroy what so many companies wish they had, a company name which corresponds to excellence and a fan base that looks forward to every game that it releases.