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Hey, maybe I'm really late to the party in regard to this topic.
I was under the impression that ESO was going to run on the Hero Engine. After a doinf a little googling, I read statements from Zenimax that they only used the Hero Engine as a whiteboard, and about a million comments from gamers that they were full of it.
Being a busy bee, I scanned Hero Engine's website. I noticed that they still use SWTOR as an example of a Hero Engine game, and the Repopulation, but no ESO.
Futhermore, Hero Engine currently offers no Mac support, whereas ESO's Beta will offer full Mac support from Jump street.
Is it to me or did Zenimax actually build an in-house Engine, or is it a heavily modified Hero engine (that didn't work out so swell last time).
I'm curious if anyone knows the scoop. (Again, sorry if I'm a slowpoke on the subject.)
Even if it is a highly modified Hero engone, SWTOR can only render about 16 people at a time, whereas ESO says it can easily support 200 on screen, 2,000 per zone.