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So, after years of bleakness, and not really bothering to check out what games are coming up in the near future, just yesterday, I discovered ESO, and I am EXCITED.
FINALLY, A REAL PvP-Based DAoC Game has come back to engage gamers in REAL exciting, REALLY meaningful, and REALLY enjoyable PvP. Then I checked the fourums...
Everyone here seems to be the real hardcore single-player based ES fans, not wanting it to convert into an MMO. Well guess what? It is converting into an MMO, and it can't be a perfect little single-player game like you've always wanted, because it's not. That's just not what MMO means.
It has to make some changes in order to be an MMO, yea. It has grouping, it has PvP, it has a 3rd person view, but so what? Does this mean the game is a guaranteed failure because it doesn't please you whiny little hardcore single player ES fans? HELLZ No. Guess what? It doesn't matter if you hardcore single-player fans aren't going to get into it, because you're not the target market...
The target market is MMO fans, period. There's plenty of overlap between MMO fans and fans of the Elder Scrolls series, and if the game good, they'll no doubt enjoy it. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE JUST LIKE THE OTHER ELDER SCROLLS GAMES...
You have to think of it as being an MMO set in the Elder Scrolls universe, rather than an Elder Scrolls game jammed into an MMO-style gameplay.
Yes, it'll obviously be like DAoC, but guess what you Elder Scrolls fans... DAoC was a great game. Considered among many true hardcore MMO fans (not the second generation WoW'ers mind you), but the true fans, as being one of the great MMO's of all time AND having the greatest PvP system of all time.
Right now, the only people who've seen the game "Elder Scrolls Online" are the Elder Scrolls fans, the DAoC fans and other true MMO'ers haven't really had the time to see what Elder Scrolls is all about, because the only people clicking on "Elder Scrolls Online", are the fans of THAT universe.
Most MMO'ers would quickly assume the game was going to just be another WoW-like dissapointment, but guess what? I played Rift since Beta 2, and ALL I heard on the forums was how the PvP was dissapointing, and boring, and the world DESPERATELY needed another game with the badass 3 faction, stronghold-conquering style that was DAoC.
Once the DAoC fans realize the similarites, THEY will propel the games to new heights while the hardcore ES fans sit on the site and whine about how the game isn't Elder Scrollsey enough for them, period.