ZeniMax Online Studios appears to be ramping up development of its long-speculated new MMO

    
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ZeniMax Online Studios appears to be ramping up development of its long-speculated new MMO

If you’ve been wondering what’s going on with that new IP that’s almost certainly in development at ZeniMax Online Studios… well, we don’t know yet. But we do know that development seems to be ramping up, with more job listings and hiring offers looking for a larger number of people to round out the development team. If you’ve forgotten about it altogether, though, now’s a great time to get caught back up!

Back in October 2018 we first reported on the team behind The Elder Scrolls Online hiring for a project connected to an exciting new IP, with the title confirmed to be in development in May of 2019. Based on listings the title was assumed to be an MMO, and hires this past April seemed to further support that theory. While we still haven’t been told any details, the new round of hires makes it clear development is ramping up… which suggests we’ll learn more about it before too many more years pass.

Source: PC Games N; thanks to Randomness for the tip!

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Mush V. Peets

I’m lukewarm about ESO, but it does demonstrate that Zenimax are a very capable group. There’s some hope here, which is dearly needed in the current MMO landscape (not to mention the world as a whole)

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Paragon Lost

I hope they invest more into server tech and optimizing the game engine. It’s something I felt lacked in ESO and really still needs work.

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Adam Russell

Hopefully not pvp centric.

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Bryan Cole

Finally, a triple AAA mmorpg in development by someone who has already done one and “hopefully” learned their lessons. As much as I want to play some indie MMOs like Camelot unchained and Pantheon, I really want a big huge new MMO to sink into that hopefully innovates at least a little bit.

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NeoWolf

But will it have a UI or are they leaving that to the modders this time round too? hehe

Interested, but want to know what the IP is first.

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Anstalt

This is good news.

Whilst I didn’t like ESO, this is definitely good news for the MMO community at large, it’s not like there are many other western devs building mmos right now (outside of crowdfunding ofc).

Top hopes for the new mmo:

1) Depth in combat mechanics – my top reason for disliking eso was the shallow combat mechanics. More depth will make it more engaging for me and give it a lot more longevity

2) More roles – the trinity is too basic for me. Give me CC, buffers, debuffers etc to open up more possible group compositions and more tactical options for success.

3) Horizontal progression – Zenimax have been on a journey towards this destination for a while. Started ESO with the usual vertical, encountered all the usual problems, tried to fix it with scaling. Logical next step is to go full horizontal right from the start.

4) Normal servers – whilst I can fully understand the reasons for mega-servers, it does make it a lot harder for a decent community to form as you’re always bumping into strangers. I’d love normal servers as I highly value server communities.

If they’re going with a fantasy IP, I just hope they do orcs justice. Most fantasy IPs have pretty rubbish orcs, I want Warhammer orcs! Big, green, muscly, brutes with savage enthusiasm! The whole twisted-elf backstory has never really done it for me.

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Bryan Turner

Yeah about that Orc problem of yours, this has been part of the Elder Scrolls lore for roughly 20 years so. . .

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treehuggerhannah

I’m excited about this. I like ESO a lot, and I’ll be interested in a new IP from them.

I do hope it’s not fantasy, though. There are so many MMOs in that genre already, and having it be a different genre would keep it more distinct from ESO.

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Rndomuser

While I dislike ESO it is good to see them expanding in such a huge way, by offering 42 positions as of right now. Hopefully many talented developers will find a good job there. It’s also good seeing them developing their own engine instead of relying on whatever they used in ESO (some people claim the engine in ESO is modified Hero engine, some say it is a different engine, whatever it is it wasn’t something good). Hopefully this will translate into large scale fights with 1000’s of players, since the only MMORPG who has done something like that (the battle with many 1000’s of players) was EVE and it didn’t do it very well in its current engine (though they did it better with custom Aether Wars demo where they used modified Unreal Engine and proprietary stuff from Hadean). With Camelot Unchained basically becoming something I would not enjoy or something that may not be released at all it would be nice to have more MMORPG games where large scale battles with 1000’s of players in same area would be possible.

It’s also interesting seeing them using a new IP, I wonder if it means that it’s not gonna be based in Fallout universe – personally I would enjoy playing proper Fallout MMORPG with vehicles and combat similar to Planetside 2.

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Tandor

If they’ve learnt anything from the performance issues and constant complaints about this, that, and everything else on the forums surely it is that they can manage just fine without PvP in any new MMORPG. PvP has 10% of the players making 90% of the complaints about ESO, they might want to factor that into its design.

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federicobeiz

There’s no way they’ll use anything remotely related to the Hero engine for their next game. They definitely learned that lesson.

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Java Jawa

Nice, hoping it’s a true fallout mmo or better yet science fiction.

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Greaterdivinity

Nice. Hoping for something non-fantasy for a change, I’m kinda starting to get all “Fantasied” out and am in dire need of some new settings.

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mysecretid

Same. I readily admit I favor the science-fiction genre in most of my gaming, but so long as this game mentioned above is not yet another iteration of the medieval fantasy genre, I’ll be interested to see what they release.

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federicobeiz

Agreed. The single best thing about The Secret World was its unique setting.

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Theryl

They already have a fantasy MMO so another one seems unlikely. If I had to make a wild guess, I’d say something science fiction to tie in with Starfield.

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Solaris

God I hope so.

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serhaza

I dont like eso combat for melee and casting but so combat with guns would be cool.