Elder Scrolls Online Beta Now Open for Signups
by Brandy Cross
If you’re a fan of the Elder Scrolls game franchise, you might be interested in signing up for their closed beta to help test the new massive multiplayer. You can sign up via Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls Online website, but don’t expect guaranteed entry into the Beta. Gamemaker’s Bethesda hinted that if you fill out all of the questionnaire info including optional info then your chances of being selected for the Elder Scroll online beta are much higher, but chances are they only need a few thousand beta testers so not everyone will be accepted.
Elder Scrolls Online Gameplay
Anyone interested in playing the Elder Scrolls online might be interested to know what Bethesda has released about the online gameplay. So far, the online game appears to be significantly different from the single player Elder Scrolls that most of us are used to. For example, the attack plays out more like an MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). Battles will be different as well with only some live fighting features such as timed blocks, dodges and attacks, but much of it will also be in the form of targeting and specific attack skills. Anyone who has played Skrim before will have a pretty good idea of how the controls and attacks will play out.
Previews of the game indicate that there will be four playable characters to start (two melee and two spellcasters) and that the entire game will be hosted on just one server. While this is advantageous for allowing friends to play together and increasing group size, it is a bit of a downside should the Elder Scrolls online become massively popular.
So far, the game is different from the rest of the Elder Scrolls franchise, but some changes are necessary in order to incorporate true massive multiplayer. Online gameplay might be disappointing for some, but for others it should be an interesting challenge. Some fans of the Elder Scrolls might not be interested, although reports indicate that Skyrim fans will definitely love the game, as will World of Warcraft fans and other online multiplayer gamers. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was the second most popular game of 2011 and is to date the most sold game on Steam, so if nothing else, Bethesda should have a hit of their online version of Elder Scrolls based on nothing but game popularity.
Sign up for Elder Scrolls Online
If you want to participate in the Elder Scrolls Online beta testing, visit this link. You will be asked to fill out basic information including games that you play, email address, etc. While you fill out information, you can check the meter to see how high your chances of being accepted for the closed beta are. ‘Average’ likely equates to ‘almost zero chance’ so make sure that you fill out all of the information to improve your chances. You will also be asked to run a system test and paste the results into the signup board, so make sure that you are on your gaming PC for maximum results. The test is a simple ‘Run dxdiag’ so if you know how to do that, you can save the info, paste it into a notepad and have it ready for when you sign up.
A released date for Elder Scrolls Online has not yet been announced, although since the beta testing opened on the 22nd of January, it could be presumed that game launch should be within the next 6 months.
Are you looking forward to playing the Elder Scrolls online? As a massive multiplayer, you will have the option to play with friends or on your own, and battles will likely involve a lot of strangers and other people that you do not know. While having strangers around does limit your ability to loot, it can be a lot of fun to play with friends. In fact, similar online multiplayers such as World of Warcraft still rank among the most popular online games.