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Let me preface this by saying I love the whole ES series, their games and the whole freedom of exploration they offer. I really really want ESO to be the kind of MMO that it can be. I am however a little concerned with what appears to be the direction it's being taken by Zenimax Online. It feels like it's appealing to the lowest common denominator from the video's and the information I've read.
I'm completely baffled why MMO aftter MMO after MMO tries the same formula over and over and over with fail after fail after fail. Warhammer, Rift, SWTOR, DCUO, Neverwinter, etc etc. That being the dumbing down of just about everything, so that nobody is special, nobody is different, loot is just handed out like candy so you can get to the next dungeon to get loot for the next dungeon, PvP only in areas we allow you PvP(i.e Cyrodil).
At essence at end game a glorified lobby system where you log in and wait for your Q to pop. PvP in designated areas is a fail, look at guild wars WvW. A good IP will NOT save any game either, just ask Bioware. Starwars is as big an IP as it gets and that game crashed hard and fast.
I'm not sure ESO is going to have all these negatives, nobody knows but we do know from their own videos:
1. PvP is limited to Cyrodil ONLY (i.e Guild Wars style). We wouldn't want you to have any kind of worries about getting PC killed while leveling now do we?
2. Your not allowed to leave your designated faction area and explore the rest of the world until we say so. Doesn't seem like that would go over well with hardcore ES fans.
3. When you do leave you pick 1 other faction territory then when there you ONLY see your own faction members. What is the point of this? It doesn't seem immersive at all.
Anyway it's quite a while til launch and I'm hoping the game will be the MMO brings back a challenge and immersion to the genre. This video conveys a similar view and he say's it's likely nobody from Zenimax will watch this video but who knows maybe someone will: