The Elder Scrolls Online closed beta has been underway since the end of March where several luckily players were invited to experience TESO behind closed doors. But with a recent 20 minute leak of the video, many fans looked around to learn more about the game. In a recent interview with Matt Firor at Zam.com, Firor shed some light answering some burning questions in regards to the game.
Although he chose not to comment on the leaked video, Firor commented in the game’s gameplay mechanics. As for the moment, beta testers will be experiencing a moment-to-moment gameplay which translates to combat and smoothly leveling up. Combat has been worked on over several months to flow (and look) better plus tweaking AI to be consistent providing players with rewards that they deserve. The point is to make the game fun and engaging rather than carrying out objectives which over a period of time becomes dull and unrewarding.
This points to another topic brought up by the ZAM team: Bosses. If mobs are tweaked to be consistent and fair how would bosses be modeled? Firor and the dev team has been creating challenging bosses for players to co-op and plan a suitable strategy to defeat them. It’s not all about raising swords or shooting spells; it’s about how players will tactfully take down bosses and reap the rewards. Bosses will appear in PvE leveling areas and in the main story.
Last but not least, abilities. ESO will contain an open skill tree so players wonder if there will be an implementation of a “deck” manager. What is known right now players will start out with 17 abilities and as they progress, more abilities will be unlocked. For players looking for the right build, it will take time since there’s a variety of combinations players can mix and match until the right build is found. Even for Firor himself whom uses a Dragon Knight was unable to find a build for his all offensive and no defense character. Builds are something players will continually pick, chose and evolve along the way.
These are just snippets to what Matt Firor has released so far. More information will be released soon regards the status of the beta testings and when the next waves of invitations will be released!