How Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind’s Warden was built for vets and noobs alike

    
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ZeniMax is not letting up on its dogged promotion of The Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind as we continue the march toward its launch in June. Today, the studio’s released a Q&A with the Warden design team, and the gist is what you’d expect: The devs were looking to build up a class with unique skills for the game, a unique “color profile,” unique animations, a unique combat rotation — all things that would endear the class to the existing population.

But the Warden also had to work for noobs.

“This was a pillar of the class’s design,” Lead Combat Designer Eric Wrobel explains. “ESO: Morrowind is a great opportunity for new players to experience The Elder Scrolls Online for the first time, so we wanted a class that was easy to pick up, yet difficult to master. When we came up with the ideas for Animal Companions, Green Balance, and Winter’s Embrace, they each had to fit into one of these molds.”

And never forget that once the pretty stuff is done, it’s all about metrics, metrics, metrics — never think that they’re not watching what you’re doing in order to improve the game!

“Once players get their hands on the Warden, our business intelligence team captures data about the decisions they are making. We know about all the most popular abilities, morphs, gear, Mundus stones, etc. We can then take and filter this data to create a model of what Wardens are doing in PvP, PvE, and at lower levels, helping us find where adjustments need to be made.”

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Rottenrotny

Annnnd still not interested in the Warden… or re-rolling any other character while we’re at it.
I’ll start playing another character when AP is account/server wide.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Anyone else thinks that its a mess to see all those huge bears everywhere when lots of players get their wardens? In WoW hunters at least have variety in pets

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Daniel Reasor

It’s going to be a bear party. I’m honestly looking forward to all-Warden group finder dungeon runs and battleground matches; they should be pretty funny.

All I need now is an addon that plays the Theme Song from The Courtship of Eddie’s Father every time I summon Yogi.

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Major Glitch

It won’t be too bad. Just like any mmo releasing a new class, you’ll initially see an explosion of players trying out Warden, but as time goes on their numbers will dwindle as some players will decide the new class isn’t for them.

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Jarby Stark

most famous topic in zone chats all over eso. Yep it will be a mess. Bear time

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Mr_Fester

So is the teddy bear a normal pet that is always out or is it some one time spell it pops out does it thing and goes away?

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Daniel Reasor

The original concept was going to be the latter, but the devs later settled on the former. The bear is summoned with an ultimate ability, you use the same ability to rez it if it dies, and when the bear is alive the ultimate button turns into a command for the bear to deal a special attack.

The bear reportedly has no duration, now. It doesn’t go away after some set interval, and it remembers whether it’s supposed to be summoned or not when you change maps via wayshrine or dungeon entrance.

Morphing the bear summoning ultimate can grant the bear the ability to rez itself every so often, saving you Ultimate, or change its damage type to one that Wardens with Stamina builds are more likely to invest CP in.

Note to the mods – None of this is NDA material; I got it from a dev blog on the official game site.

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Larry Everett

It’s all good :-D Thanks for posting the info.

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Daniel Reasor

Correction: some of that comes from developer live streams, in case anyone’s going crazy trying to find sources.