So, it seems the big news for many fans of RPG video games is the official announcement of an Elder Scrolls MMO. So far the reactions I've read have been mixed between those who love the universe and MMO's and want to see the two joined together and those who love Elder Scrolls but think any game in MMO form ruins it. I am firmly in the first camp. I have played through large sections of three of the Elder Scrolls games:
My first experience with the Elder Scrolls universe, and I absolutely loved it! Sure, there were too many cliff racers and the graphics were a bit blocky (though awesome for when it was released), but I absolutely loved the open world and all of the options.
After playing many hours in Morrowind, I bought Oblivion immediately when it hit the shelves, and I enjoyed it as well. Now, player housing had been added and the graphics were much better, but the story and gameplay were just not quite as intriguing as Morrowind. Still it was a great game, and I really enjoyed it (I mean, I could become a vampire! How could I not enjoy it?)
And of course, the latest installment, Skyrim. Again, I purchased this one as soon as I was able . . . in this case a pre-release purchase through Steam, and as soon as I could I started playing. Skyrim really brought together the good from each of the titles that came before it, and I thought (and continue to think) that it was a great game.
Now, I find out that Bethesda is not only thinking of releasing an Elder Scrolls MMO, but that it is already in the works . . . I love it!
I've read some complaints about how there is no way that an MMO can capture the same remarkable single-person experience that has been the hallmark of the Elder Scrolls series; however, I remember thinking the same thing before World of Warcraft first came out. After having played all of the Warcraft games before it, I couldn't imagine an MMO that would work in that universe, but work it has. So, I will definitely hold judgement this time on what is possible until I've read more about this project.
But, for now . . . Status: Hopefully Optimistic