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I know there are a lot of posts talking about how this game is a WoW clone or what not, and you're probably thinking...not another one! But hear me out...I think there is a very specific reason why this game is just a bad idea.
First off, think about the Elder Scrolls games...what makes them special?
Is it the IP? Is Tamriel a beloved world that people hoard collectibles about and dream of at night like Star Wars or LOTR? No...I don't think so. It's got a lot of lore for sure, but I don't think the Tamriel IP is anywhere close to the popularity of Star Wars or even Azeroth.
Is it the addicting progression mechanics? No...not really. You can get to "max level" in an Elder Scrolls game fairly quickly. People are definitely not playing these games because they are addicted to a grind.
...So then what is it that makes these games so special?
I'll tell you. It's the excellent open-ended gameplay.
People love these games because they allow you to explore an awesome, detailed world and really just pick whatever path you wish to follow. But that's not all...part of what makes these games so excellent is the fact that the SAME CORE DEV TEAM has worked on Morrowwind, Oblivion, and Skyrim.
Now let's look at TES:Online.
This game is NOT developed by the team that made the previous Elder Scrolls games, and from all indications it will NOT have that open-ended gameplay that people have come to associate with TES.
So all it's left with is the brand and the IP. And I'm sorry, that's not what makes Elder Scrolls special. No one has a mint edition Emperor Whateverimus figure in their basement. No, they have a vintage Han Solo figure or even freaking Hello Kitty.
The TES IP is just not popular enough to base everything on and frankly, I think that's what they are doing. They are just trying to make a "traditional MMO" set in Tamriel.
Good luck with that.
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