E3 2015: The Elder Scrolls’ TCG; ESO’s Orsinium, Imperial City

The downside of E3 pre-conferences coming earlier and earlier is that the event just gets longer and longer, but the upside is that you can find out some pretty neat stuff ahead of time. Bethesda held a pre-E3 event yesterday, and it contained some pretty fascinating information for players of The Elder Scrolls Online, including video of the Imperial City and Orsinium, both slated for release to players this year.

The former is covered with vicious monstrosities eager to counter any player efforts to venture into the fallen capital, whilst the latter spreads across multiple zones, from ominous mountains to underground structures. This is in line with a tweet from earlier this year stating these additions to the game would be seen before the year was out.

The news is just in time for the UK to crown Elder Scrolls Online #1 on the retail charts, making it the third game in 2015 to muster 100,000 sales in its opening week.

There’s also a new card game, The Elder Scrolls Legends, that looks to be Hearthstone but draws on the franchise set in Tamriel instead. Check out the trailers below.

Massively Overpowered is on the ground in Los Angeles, California, for E3 2015, bringing you expert MMO coverage from NCsoft, Blizzard, Ubisoft, BioWare, and everything else on display at the expo!
SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Code of Conduct | Edit Your Profile | Commenting FAQ | Badge Reclamation | Badge Key

LEAVE A COMMENT

94 Comments on "E3 2015: The Elder Scrolls’ TCG; ESO’s Orsinium, Imperial City"

Subscribe to:
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most liked
WilliamHigginson
Guest
WilliamHigginson

pcgneurotic G2A keys usually are only dodgy without G2A shield in use as most keys given with that on end up being legitimate that part of what G2A shield is all about. Ive never had any of my keys revoked with G2A purchases and Ive been buying from them for 2 years now, brought around about 10-15 games from there.

Unless you brought from a random vendor to find the cheapest price available on the site of course (most of those ones are dodgy)

as for the game itself if you’ve only played for a week then that explains your reaction, a week simply doesnt cut it and if it was the most singleplayer MMO ever then neither of you have clearly been to craglorn, note I dont disagree it has problems and im no fanboy of the game, I enjoy it but i dont fanboy it..but honestly it gets more flak than it deserves and half the time the people complaining are people who come from older games, they keep saying ESO is dying yet its only kept getting bigger, the minority will always be the loudest. Which is why i never use the ESO forums.

solipsis
Guest
solipsis

KorryHarris I hate the  orcish voice acting!

KorryHarris
Guest
KorryHarris

Werewolf Finds Dragon The Bretons are not even close to British. They where based loosely
on 2 cultures. The Bretons and the Picts. Both are from the same area
basically. Which was mainly France.
Orcs, really? They
are fleshed out. They are based off the Mongols and are dedicated
worshipers of Malacath. They have just as much lore as any other race
really.

KorryHarris
Guest
KorryHarris

AvatarOP SoMuchMass Lord Zorvan Please don’t call it a Skyrim IP…. it’s not. Skyrim is 1 part in a series of parts called Elder Scrolls. Using your words… “hidden behind a TES (The Elder Scrolls) IP.

pcgneurotic
Guest
pcgneurotic

I have mixed feelings about TESO. I bought it and played it for about a week recently, before Zenimax revoked my key (it was one of those dodgy G2A keys). I felt like it wasn’t really a fifty-Euro-plus game, but that it certainly could be with another year or two. I mean, it LOOKS like a 50-Euro-plus game, but doesn’t always play like it. There’s lots and lots to love about it, for sure, but sometimes it feels a bit… undernourished. As someone else said here, ‘it’s the most single-player MMO ever’. If they knocked the box price down to something more affordable, I would buy it again and reactivate my account. I would even probably end up spending in the Crown store. But at its current RRP, it’s just not worth it (imho).

SoMuchMass
Guest
SoMuchMass

Werewolf Finds Dragon I guess that is an opinion.  I hated the AD zones, loved Daggerfall Covenant.  When I created my console character he was in DC even though I played that faction on PC.

Nordavind
Guest
Nordavind

JimGriffiths hardy83 And LoN was a clone of AutoAssault TCG. The MMO <-> TCG connection was made long before Blizzard did it.

But, you know, for a while every digital, portable media player was an iPod.

Nordavind
Guest
Nordavind

salidar Not the first. LoN was based off and made by the people behind AutoAssault TCG, from the MMORPG with the same name.

Celestia
Guest
Celestia

Da bears!

DPandaren
Guest
DPandaren

hardy83 Haha, I know right? Gwent at this point is a copy of Hearthstone for the proles.

Werewolf Finds Dragon
Guest
Werewolf Finds Dragon

Not interested in either. Addon polls (and personal experience) show the Daggerfall Covenant to be the least played faction. And it’s understandable why — there’s no passion, there, and no understanding of intrigue. The Dominion and even the Pact were good at having unique little locations to find on your travels, whereas the Covenant was just about doing things large, yet… barren. I’ve never felt anything quite so empty since Everquest, that’s clearly not desirable any more.
Not only that, but their lack of understanding of nature, geology, topography, and how different parts of the world are were disconcerting. The Bretons are supposed to be British, but they’re actually American pilgrims. An American friend of mine pointed out that the large emptiness felt very realistically American, but not very fun. Big, empty, open spaces just aren’t engaging to explore. It was the only complaint people had of New Vegas, after all. Except that New Vegas had some really amazing writing and content design. That carried it regardless of its flaws.
The Covenant doesn’t even have that. Me beau and I were both disappointed by how dreary and half-arsed everything was compared to the Dominion. We keep being setup for something with potential only to be let down, which happened far too often. Oh, a plot of intrigue? Interesting! Um, no, that was… well… that’s not the most interesting way to handle intrigue, is it? And that king was a robotic ponce if ever I’ve seen one. Outside of Stros M’Kai, there were no memorable locations or characters, either.
I remember wandering Rivenspire and spotting something on the horizon that looked like it might be interesting, and yet it turned out to be a crypt. How dull. The things they could have done with that location, the things I imagined it might be. No, it’s just a bloody crypt. And that’s the experience I had with it, half arsed, vapid, and despite spamming assets everywhere and trying to look giant, it was empty.
Each area beyond the Redguard areas was devoid of personality, had none of its own character, and lacked research to degrees that were sometimes painful. The way the windmills were depicted in Rivenspire actually caused us pain. Physical pain. It was that bad. First of all, there’s a balcony. That’s ridiculous, it’s a structural weakness in an area that purports to be more realistic and all that. If there had been an embarrassed mage there rubbing their head and feeling sorry that they oops’d a house into a windmill… now that could’ve been amazing. But no, it was just a badly made asset, and they spammed it everywhere. Awful.
And did you see those treasure maps? Vague, badly drawn, and often placed in the middle of mob camps. Guh.
And the story just isn’t even worth mentioning.
If my first experience had been with the Covenant and how half arsed it all is, I would’ve given up on the game as a bad WoW clone. I tried to like it, I did. I got as far as the third zone before I just gave up. I did a run with me beau around the other zones and none of them were any better, the Alik’r Desert was okay but nothing compared to anything the Dominion or Pact had. Awful, simply awful.
And the orcs? Augh. Every other race has been culturally fleshed out, but the orcs are just cheesy spiritualists who’re handled in such a clumsy, ham-fisted way that I winced and cringed far, far too many times when progressing through the story on their little island.
I just don’t understand why they’re pushing Orsinium.
They’d be much better off going for the Thieves Guild. I love ESO, I do… I really, really do, but it’s a textbook case in Cryptic-like mismanagement. Why do I always end up loving the games that are so badly mismanaged?
Oh well.
The Dominion is still amazing, everything about it continues to be incredible, and the Thieves Guild content will likely make people happy soon. I’m happy with what’s already there. It’s just that I don’t understand the focus on a faction that’s already dead, when it’s obvious why it’s already dead. They’d be better off gutting that team for their talent and placing them on the other two faction’s teams.

SoMuchMass
Guest
SoMuchMass

AvatarOP SoMuchMass Lord Zorvan You are underestimating management at Zenimax Media, look at the Board of Directors, bunch of smart men in there.  They would not  be investing in a product that is not returning on investment.  They are doubling down and investing more.  That is an extremely good sign.

solipsis
Guest
solipsis

Xomon  I bet you 60$ they’re gonna charge 60$ for it. They have to make back all the money they spent on all the adverts!

wanderv15
Guest
wanderv15

Greeeeeeaaaaaat… so they just re-announce some things (not even all! where are spellcrafting, Murkmire?) from E3 2014. Excuse me but what developers do at Zenimax? They quickly become even worser than Blizzard with such level of resposibility.

AvatarOP
Guest
AvatarOP

Koshelkin they don’t care about PC, hmm scratch that, BETA players. this game was meant to be a console cash grab from the get go.

Zo5o
Guest
Zo5o

eLdritchMD Zo5o  Xomon Geek, yeah and fucking proud of it sunshine.

AvatarOP
Guest
AvatarOP

SoMuchMass Lord Zorvan its all right to promote turds that are B2P with no free trial and hidden behind a “skyrim” IP.

i would do the same.

Xomon
Guest
Xomon

I really wonder if there’s going to be a massive uproar when they finally release this and charge money for it. I think a lot of people have the expectation that it will be free.

eLdritchMD
Guest
eLdritchMD

Zo5o  Xomon nerds.

SoMuchMass
Guest
SoMuchMass

Lord Zorvan The way they are spending on advertising on ESO all over the place they sure love their red-headed step child.

Koshelkin
Guest
Koshelkin

It’s funny how they teased the Imperial City shortly after the release of the PC version(Quakecon) and now, one year later, again shortly after the release of the console version.
I think they held back additional content for the release of the console version, which is understandable considering their change of monetization but very disrespectful towards their old subscribers.

ihatevnecks
Guest
ihatevnecks

Actintous SoMuchMass I laughed when he talked about bringing the best combat system they could, etc etc. Then they showed combat, and… it was Fallout 3.

solipsis
Guest
solipsis

Yea! Naw Diz iz wot am tokin abawt!

salidar
Guest
salidar

It makes me wonder how things might be different for Legends of Norrath if they had only launched 6 years later than they did. One of, if not the first electronic CCG from an MMO, and it gets less attention than anything I can think of remotely relating to MMOs. Sadly they haven’t released a new set in 2 years, probably due to Hearthstone. Now, of course, everyone is bandwagoning on Blizzards coattails, again, and everyone is acting like they invented the genre, again, and it’s just sad.

Lord Zorvan
Guest
Lord Zorvan

Battlecry and TESO should have a tie-breaker round to see which one scored the lower amount of applause. lol TESO is officially the red-headed ES step-child.

AvatarOP
Guest
AvatarOP

Zo5o thats why they are b2p also. they need to sell those boxes. and they won’t give you a free trial. for they know the game sucks. they want you to commit to the “skyrim” factor.

i know i did… i know i was mad when i played the turd.

DJjazzy
Guest
DJjazzy

SoMuchMass 
Hopefully a new ES single player game is in the works. I like Fallout but Elder Scrolls is one of my favorite game series.

AvatarOP
Guest
AvatarOP

SoMuchMass Sorata AvatarOP boredinBC Boardwalker Tandor Shadewalker Actintous wildstar is for the gameplay. i do love the variety and creativeness of the new IP though.. but gameplay is the reason #1 i play wildstar.

but thinking about it… no voice over and all, but i think wildstar’s story is better than eso… i find it more fun to discover new things, its more creative.
and gameplay :D

Zo5o
Guest
Zo5o

Xomon Absolutely my favourite, he types while looking at his signed Codex picture…*smug mode off*. :)

Zo5o
Guest
Zo5o

Zenimax has been pushing TESO hard in the UK. Television adverts…you never see games advertised on TV here. You can see where their interest lies. There where no TV ads when the PC version launched. Probably for the best that, come to think about it!

Xomon
Guest
Xomon

Thanks, gonna check it out

Xomon
Guest
Xomon

Felicia Day rules. Loved The Guild.

Zo5o
Guest
Zo5o

JimGriffiths I just love seeing Felica Day on everything. She could be reading the Football Scores and i’d be entranced. I met her last month at London Comic Con and went into total fan lock. :)

JimGriffiths
Guest
JimGriffiths

I loved seeing Felicia Day on Twitch last Night  http://www.twitch.tv/kindafunnygames/v/6193511

JimGriffiths
Guest
JimGriffiths

one hour til the Microsoft Conference http://www.twitch.tv/nextgentactics

JimGriffiths
Guest
JimGriffiths

AvatarOP Xomon Correct but once you unlock an area you can go back to it at any time as long as it hasn’t been destroyed. I played the original Dishonored and loved it. I can’t wait for Dishonored 2 to release. Sad they didn’t give an official release date last night.

JimGriffiths
Guest
JimGriffiths

hardy83 Well I could say Hearthstone is a clone of Legends of Norath or the Star Wars Galaxies TCG even the World of Warcraft TCG wasn’t original and Blizzard knows that. It is just the fanboys that have played nothing else giving all the credit to Blizz.

AvatarOP
Guest
AvatarOP

Xomon its more stage based. but all stages have different ways of dealing with them (like in: very different). not linear at all aside from the order in which stages are set.

i recommend the game if you like stealth/sneak/infiltration/ninja in a london style world.

Xomon
Guest
Xomon

This is semi unrelated but I have never played Dishonored and would like to try it out. Is Dishonored open world? From what I can tell the game takes place in chapters, but are you free to roam wherever you want? Does the game have “dungeons” that you can discover on the map?

JimGriffiths
Guest
JimGriffiths

MJ is most likely finding her seat for the microsoft conference now.

SoMuchMass
Guest
SoMuchMass

Sorata AvatarOP boredinBC Boardwalker Tandor Shadewalker Actintous Take his opinion on “quests” and “lore” lightly. His current favorite MMO is WildStar.

SoMuchMass
Guest
SoMuchMass

Gavaevodata Exactly what I was thinking.  I use the Guar now but it feels weird.

SlasherZet
Guest
SlasherZet

Gavaevodata Yeah!

karmamule
Guest
karmamule

wolfyseyes I’m the reverse. I’d like to try out Heavensward at some point but my ESO obsession will make that a bit difficult to do.  And poor Wildstar, I wanted to dive back into that as well, but, stupid days with only 24 hours in them make all that difficult.  :(

karmamule
Guest
karmamule

SoMuchMass I’m meh on the card game, but am beyond excited for all the rest, and tried out Fallout Shelter too.  Cute little game to spend some time with now and again.  :)

karmamule
Guest
karmamule

AvatarOP boredinBC Boardwalker Tandor Shadewalker Actintous Yeah that’s all a matter of opinion. Some of the quests are fairly generic, but a decent number are decidedly NOT generic, with some nice storytelling and character build-up.

I think they do an especially good job of introducing you to some key characters early on and then having them re-appear regularly (or STOP appearing due to untimely deaths) so that by the end of a particular factions storyline there’s a cast of characters that I feel closer to than most MMOs NPCs.

And, what you call “heavy” lore strikes me as detailed and intricate.  Anyways, to each their own…

karmamule
Guest
karmamule

AvatarOP boredinBC Boardwalker Tandor Shadewalker Actintous Yeah that’s all a matter of opinion. Some of the quests are fairly generic, but a decent number are decidedly NOT generic, with some nice storytelling and character build-up.

I think they do an especially good job of introducing you to some key characters early on and then having them re-appear regularly (or STOP appearing due to untimely deaths) so that by the end of a particular factions storyline there’s a cast of characters that I feel closer to than most MMOs NPCs.

And, what you call “heavy” lore strikes me as detailed and intricate.  Anyways, to each their own…

AvatarOP
Guest
AvatarOP

SoMuchMass AvatarOP anatheod and don’t forget ROCKSTAR.

AvatarOP
Guest
AvatarOP

SoMuchMass AvatarOP anatheod and don’t forget ROCKSTAR.

Gavaevodata
Guest
Gavaevodata

Bear mounts. Something my Orc can finally ride and not feel out of place.

wpDiscuz