Lack of the traditional Elder Scrolls first person playstyle has been a hot topic on ESO message boards around the interwebs. In my opinion it seems like most players are coming to this game from having some experience with MMO's and didn't mind having to play in third person view. Some were even outspoken against having a first person POV and said they would not even play with other players attempting to play the game in first person because they would hurt the team by not being able to be aware of the entire battle raging around them.
But there are other players coming to ESO, not from other MMO's expecting this to be the next WoW, but from Morrowind, Oblvion and Skyrim, expecting not so much an identical experience that those games offered, but an Elder Scrolls experience nonetheless. Those players were put off by the news intitially that the game would offer a first person view, but no weapons, spells, shields or hands were visible. It was really just there to look around with and not effective for play.
ZeniMax has been listening to player feedback. Earlier today we spoke about them now allowing players to enter into other alliance questlines to experience the whole world of Tamriel. Now, you will also have the ability to play in true first person mode from game launch. Lead Nick Konkle talked a bit about the development of the mode:
You want the MMO experience of social, large-scale battles and being able to see the area around you, that situational awareness. But you also want that Skyrim, single-player, immersion feel. So we started with that third-person set-up, but in our hearts we really wanted to do them both. There was so much feedback from people adamant that they wanted this to be part of the game.
The early looks at first person play were underwhelming, but at the game event they held for press recently they showed off the work they had done on first person. Chris Carter from Destructoid has this to say about the demo:
What they showed me was in-game footage of a fully playable first person mode that looked just like a classic Elder Scrolls game. It was fast, fluid, and extremely impressive, to the point where it looked like they were playing Oblivion or Skyrim at times. Yep, I'm playing the entire game this way.
Check out all of our Elder Scrolls Online Coverage:
- ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE CINEMATIC TRAILER
- ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE: FIRST PERSON PLAY AVAILABLE AT LAUNCH
- ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE: CRAFTING
- ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE: CROSS-ALLIANCE GAMEPLAY