There have been a few complaints on the graphics of Elder Scrolls Online, criticizing it for not looking better than Skyrim, if not worse. Though after gameplay at E3, the graphics seemed more "different" to me than worse, ZeniMax has stated the limit for graphical quality has to do with the ability to have hundreds of players appearing on screen at once.
In their newest video release, War in Cyrodiil, players can finally see what the trade was for:
The next Elder Scrolls adventure is nearly here! Today we released our latest gameplay video, War in Cyrodiil, and with it we announced that The Elder Scrolls Online will arrive worldwide for PC and Mac players on April 4, 2014. PlayStation 4 & Xbox One will launch in June 2014.
Regardless of the platform you choose, your online adventures will be here before you know it. As you plan out which alliance you join, watch our all-new gameplay trailer showcasing PvP combat and how you will be able to battle with and against your friends in Cyrodiil.
As I said, I thought the graphics were alright in my demo of the game, they definitely seemed different than what I'm used to with Skyrim. The whole feel reminded me more of a combination of Fable and Oblivion, which isn't a bad thing, just different. But seeing large scale battles of this size is quite refreshing (especially if you were a player disappointed in the civil war quest in Skyrim). Maybe it will change a few opinions about the game.
Elder Scrolls Online will be launching worldwide for PC and Mac on April 4, 2014 (4.4.14 - I think Zenimax/Bethesda likes those matching dates). The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will follow in June 2014.