See the differences between classic Morrowind and Elder Scrolls Online’s version

    
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Due to the reverential status given to 2002’s Morrowind by many Elder Scrolls fans, interest in seeing what ZeniMax is doing with this June’s expansion is certainly strong. YouTuber Candyland investigated The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind’s beta and took pictures of notable locations that were also in the original game, then presented them side-by-side for comparison.

It’s incredibly interesting to see the differences in graphical fidelity between the two games as well as the changes incurred over time (as ESO takes place a long time before the era of the first Morrowind).

Once you’re done with the video, you can meet one of the characters that you’ll be encountering in the expansion, Archcanon Tarvus. He seems like a fairly severe cleric who wields considerable power on the island.

Check out the comparison video after the break!

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Herro Mongorian

>too much grass
Just disable grass? lol

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Michael18

I prefer the old version. New one is just too filled up, too packed with flora, fauna and npcs.

But that’s just personal preference. I applaud Zeni for trying everything they can to do this classic video game setting justice. +1

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flamethekid .

I like how people are complaining about how it doesn’t look the same but you gotta realize

Morrowind takes place in the 3rd era and ESO takes place in the 2nd era just about 1000 years between each other
Hell broke loose when volcanos started exploding in the 3rd era hence why the original game looks dreary
then before skyrim takes place a meteor slammed the city of vivec and red mountain exploded now morrowind should look 7x more dreary

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haishao

Hell broke lose on everything except those little wooden bridges and buildings. Right.

In history it may be 1000 years in the past but what Zenimax built is definitely not. They copy pasted Morrowind the best they could and added grass and all kind of things everywhere that make it lose all of its atmosphere.

The sky in ESO also looks like it was made in MSpaint.

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Brother Maynard

That is the DX7 version, though. DX9 version already had massive improvements over DX7, especially in the water shaders department.

Also, while the upgrade is clear as day, it’s nothing to be particularly proud of in 2017, considering that Crysis was released 5 years after Morrowind and this TESO remake does not come even close to what that 10 years old game achieved in graphical fidelity.

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Lorgarn

This just made me realize how much I yearn for Elder Scrolls VI. It looks good though.

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Anstalt

Is it wrong that I still prefer the original?

I can appreciate the improvements in graphics quality in ESO and all the extra stuff they’ve added looks great. On a purely technical front, ESO has done an amazing job.

However, just from that video, it looks like ESO’s Morrowind has lost its soul. The original has a very muted colour palette that was quite orange / brown and the whole place was quite bleak. The ESO version looks too colourful and vibrant, packed full of flowers, trees and mushrooms, not to mention all the extra wildlife. In virtually every new shot from ESO, I didn’t feel like I was looking at Morrowind, it felt like just another generic medieval landscape with a bit of low fantasy shoved in.

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Finsbury

I think that’s intentional, with ESO’s Morrowind being set several hundred years prior to the volcanic activity evident in the original Morrowind’s environment.

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django857

I so agree with you.

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flamethekid .

ESO takes place nearly 1000 years before morrowind takes place I.E the 2nd era while morrowind was in the 3rd era and it wasn’t until a few years before morrowind that volcano’s started erupting alot

infact if they showed how morrowind looks like during the 4th era after Red Mountain finally blew it would look ALOT more dead then the morrowind game

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Sorenthaz

Wonder how many diehards to Morrowind complained about the trees not being perfectly aligned with the original.

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django857

The thing i don’t like about the tree’s is all the greenery. It supposed be a volcanic land mass. Alot of the tree’s were bare. it made the world seem really alien. The town of Balmora is so green looking in ESO.

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hurbster

It’s before Red Mountain went boom.

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flamethekid .

Red mountain blew cause of that meteor when the living gods were finally all gone

morrowind had a volcano problem in the 3rd era way before Red mountain

ESO takes place in the 2nd era

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Targeter

I watched this vid a day or so ago on the ol’ Tube of Yous and came away hilariously impressed. I can’t wait for the Morrowind expansion; all they need now is some dopey wizard you meet on the road outside the starting town that’s casting high-level Jump spells on himself!

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kgptzac

Not sure if some people are trolling in the video’s comment saying they can’t see why the new graphics are better… People should be happy, because there are countless good, old games out there that will never get treatments like this.

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Sorenthaz

The graphics have improved tremendously though. If they had showed character/NPC models in both it would’ve been much more apparent.

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Dean Greenhoe

This explains alot as to why I do not like going back to older games. :)