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Bethesda: Why no Elder Scrolls MMO

Bethesda: Why no Elder Scrolls MMO

Todd Howard has explained why there's no Elder Scrolls MMO in development at Bethesda.

Todd Howard, the director working of the upcoming RPG Skyrim, has expllaned why he doesn’t want a Elder Scrolls MMO.

In an interview with Joystiq, Todd responded to the question by simply saying ‘I like this [singleplayer RPGs] better

He went on to clarify ‘You know, it's what most of us are into. I'm not really an MMO guy. I respect them, I look at them, but I don't play them.'

'It feels more real to me when I'm the hero and it's crafted for that. A community aspect to it, I recognise a lot of people would want that in a game like this, but it changes the flavor for me.

The audience we have for our kind of thing is big enough that we don't have to tone it down. We can just do our thing, and it's kind of grown with each game.'

Skyrim is currently scheduled for release on November 11, 2011 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Check out our Skyrim preview for more information, as well as the trailer below, then let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Bede 1st September 2011, 12:28 Quote
You can't mod an mmo..
stewis 1st September 2011, 12:42 Quote
Can you really play card games like a MMO? or is this that the other Scrolls game?
r3loaded 1st September 2011, 12:47 Quote
I thought the answer to "Why isn't there an Elder Scrolls MMO?" would have been "Because we're not Activision". :p
Jake123456 1st September 2011, 13:11 Quote
Thank God, that would destroy the Elder Scrolls Series.
Aracos 1st September 2011, 13:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bede
You can't mod an mmo..

Actually not quite true, you can mod the DAT files which include clothing textures and most game textures in FFXI so that on your side you look completely different to how you will look to other people. It's nothing too special butyou can do it!
92frabe 1st September 2011, 13:27 Quote
Coop would be a dream come true.
[PUNK] crompers 1st September 2011, 13:49 Quote
amen to that, just keep it as the industry leading (imo) singleplayer open world RPG. why fix what aint broke.
MjFrosty 1st September 2011, 14:25 Quote
"Not MMO guys" ?


Good....hate them.
Grimloon 1st September 2011, 14:36 Quote
While I play MMOs as much as single player RPGs I have nothing but respect for Bethesda here. Good on them for sticking to their guns and not jumping on the band wagon like everyone else.
Fizzban 1st September 2011, 16:10 Quote
The MMO part of the market is saturated with new titles, and the RPG market is not. So it is good to see them continuing on as usual rather than feeling they must make an MMO because everyone else is.
Apoptosis 1st September 2011, 16:33 Quote
Oh, thank you thank you thank you. Finally someone who isn't willing to jump on the bandwagon. If nobody ever made another MMO I'd die a happy man.
Arkanrais 1st September 2011, 16:45 Quote
Good for them. Personally, I would love to play fallout on coop, but that wont be happening for a while: http://www.moddb.com/mods/vault-tec-multiplayer-mod

I know these games are supposed to be single player only, but I cant resist the urge to go screaming, swearing and arguing my way through the wastelands with friends.
Fizzban 1st September 2011, 16:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by Arkanrais
Good for them. Personally, I would love to play fallout on coop, but that wont be happening for a while: http://www.moddb.com/mods/vault-tec-multiplayer-mod

I know these games are supposed to be single player only, but I cant resist the urge to go screaming, swearing and arguing my way through the wastelands with friends.

http://www.fallout-on-line.com/

Being done by Interplay (under licence from Bethesda) who made the first 2 games :D
KayinBlack 1st September 2011, 18:59 Quote
I have an MMO, I don't need another.

Stick to your guns, Bethesda.
Sloth 1st September 2011, 19:07 Quote
Being able to group up with a couple friends in an Elder Scrolls game would be pretty sweet, but in the broader view I'm glad they aren't making an MMO.

It'd have to be designed from the ground up with the massively multiplayer nature in mind, you'd have to start thinking about PvP and balancing spells to work in such an environment, you'd have to consider how certain quests effect the world environment, how to keep a server of 1,000+ players from looting everything they can get their hands on and leaving NPC houses and shops barren, how to deal with stables being packed with horses, and all sorts of other aspects.

With all of the changes that would be required you end up with a game which is entirely new and effectively has nothing to do with The Elder Scrolls other than the setting. No one wants that.
thil 1st September 2011, 19:32 Quote
This is pretty big news, actually: a developer who recognises their strengths and sticks to them, even if it means losing out on some "monetisation" opportunities. Respect, Bethesda.

(Also, I am sick of the "multiplayer makes everything automatically better" idea...)
Waynio 1st September 2011, 19:57 Quote
Pre-ordered it yesterday along with saints row 3 for a nice £42 after coupons at tesco :D steam overprice for new releases so I'll rarely buy from them now other than sales or ok prices for new releases & I don't like paying up front for games that won't be released for many months ahead, DD should be cheaper than retail.

And good to hear they won't be going MMO, never even considered getting sucked into one :) buying a game & then paying an ongoing bill for it .
rogerrabbits 1st September 2011, 20:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bede
You can't mod an mmo..

Yeah you can, that's what most emulator servers do.
Hovis 1st September 2011, 21:19 Quote
This is the best thing that any developer has ever said.

That said though, I do miss what Never Winter Nights and other classic Bioware games did in terms of multiplayer. You could co-op, you could run persistent servers with over a hundred players, and the game let you do that (depending how you set up the server, the big persistent ones took a lot of work). Small scale MP in games like this can be brilliant.
Kiytan 1st September 2011, 22:58 Quote
as many have said 2-4 player co-op would be awesome.

The game would have to be completely changed to be an MMO, and the lore isn't what keeps people interested in elder scrolls, it's the game mechanics and the environment.
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