When I left World of Warcraft many years ago, I swore that only one thing would bring me back to an MMORPG. When I made that statement, I had no idea that it could ever come true, and when I first heard the news that it would, I was pretty excited. That one thing that I said would cause me return to the genre was an Elder Scrolls MMORPG. If you are an avid listener of our podcast or if you frequent this site, you should know by now that the Elder Scrolls series are my favorite games of all time–so it would only be natural that I would return to the world of MMORPGs upon the release of an Elder Scrolls game.
I guess things can change, though: as of this moment, I have zero interest in returning to the world of Tamriel as part of an MMO. “Why?” you must be asking yourself. Its pretty simple, actually: previews of the game look fucking terrible.
As far as I can tell, there is nothing innovative going on here. The graphics are nothing like what we come to expect from Bethesda, and honestly, everything I heard about it makes the game feel less like an Elder Scrolls game and more like a generic WoW clone.
I have been pleading with the gaming industry for years to stop making MMOs. They all fail, or go free to play, or the player base just returns to WoW. If you are going to make an MMO, do it right. Don’t rush it, innovate and don’t try to be WoW. Unfortunately, no one seems to get this, and developers continue to release incomplete WoW clones that can’t retain subscribers beyond the initial free month.
In closing, I will not be purchasing the Elder Scrolls MMO. I feel like many true Elder Scrolls fans will not be purchasing it. I also feel like MMO players will also not purchase it; why leave WoW for a second rate knock-off? It makes me really sad to see that one of my favorite franchises of all time is going to make an MMO, and do so poorly. It will bring great shame on its family.