Would you watch a TV show based on The Elder Scrolls franchise?

    
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We already knew that the Fallout franchise was supposedly getting a full show treatment, but wholly unsubstantiated rumors this week suggest that Netflix might be developing a show based on The Elder Scrolls franchise. The franchise, of course, is best known to MMO players via The Elder Scrolls Online or the endless torrent of Skyrim memes that have so far not abated after nine years and we should probably just accept aren’t going anywhere at this point. Whether or not they’re played out.

As the series is merely rumored on entertainment sites and has yet to be formally announced, of course, there’s no word on how such a hypothetical series would interact with the series chronology or what the focus would be, whether it’s contemporaneous with ESO or the upcoming sixth installment of the franchise or even Elder Scrolls Blades. It also doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for Bethesda (and by extension, Microsoft) to run Fallout on Amazon and Elder Scrolls on Netflix. But if it is indeed in the works, we can only hope that the game mirrors its source material by offering an extensive main questline you can break by killing a demon lord well before you’re supposed to know he exists, followed by a corpse clipping through the world and falling on your head.

In the meantime, it’s just a wild rumor. But if it becomes more than that, would you watch it?

Source: We Got This Covered, IMDB, Reddit, Patreon; thanks to Schlag for the tip!
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john sullivan

Tv is selling out. Tv has never been good. I take that back, athf and Metalocalypse are kino television and I don’t think this steaming pile is gonna be anything like that. But perhaps, they want to tie it into elder scrolls 6. maybe that way, they don’t have to waste a lot of time with too much dialogue and lore bloating. Look at darks souls. Its story is enchanting and draws you in because its not in your face. Its not the most important aspect. If you care enough You’ll find the answers yourself. Look at destiny. The first one had the lore written in dead ghosts and small bits of dialogue, but instead ruined that mystery by bloating destiny 2 with way too much information and talking. My advice, most consumers are idiots and kids, don’t listen to those who want it all. Tv is just a way to reach those idiots

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LITF

Considering how video game movie/tv-series adaptations were going so far – absolutely NO. If one does show up I’m fairly confident that it will make a joke out of lore, take shortcuts, feature cringe worthy takes on TES universe. No thanks.

Even largely praised Witcher show is far from good IMO. It miscast a lot of characters, Geralt doesn’t have cat eyes or the second sword, Foltest is suddenly a creepy fat man that is nothing like an amazing (but sadly decided) king we know from the games, list goes on. If it had nothing to do with Witcher and was it’s own thing (say, Witchers distant cousin Twitcher) I would have almost no problems with it – a lot of mentioned criticisms go away, only one that would stay is confusing and somewhat convoluted timeline.

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Bruno Brito

Only if the actors ran on top of their mounts.

And the show cannot, in absolutely no moment, have capes.

Also, i hope the actors are fast, because they need to animation cancel their stuff.

And if i don’t see them behaving like defective robots when they go into Cyrodiil because of the lag, i’ll be quickly disappointed.

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kjempff

More likely than I would play the mmo.

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Karma_Mule

Yup, I’d watch it in a heartbeat. I’ve been playing games in this universe since Arena came out in ’94 and it would be fun to see it brought to life.

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Narficus

For a TES show to properly happen it will have to retcon itself more frequently than Dr. Who.

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SwordBreaker35

Well im one of the few people that loved Defiance series. So yeah I would proboly like a ESO series if done well and done like a real fantasy series and not a dark brooding murder everything and every one Game of throne/Friday the 13th.

Man Merlin was a great fantasy series sure it has it´s dark moments but it was not the main focus. Fantasy does not to be depressing to be good.

But my honest opinion can some one please make a Dragon lance TV Series already.

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wratts

No, probably not. I think unfortunately the TES lore is too focused on unrelatable stories with fairly vague characterizations. The volume is massive, and a talented writing team could pick out a narrow story and expand all the characters and relationships needed to make it work, but the most likely outcome is a writing team that tries to broad-brush all the things that make a “TES story”.

My fear is it would be less a narrow “The Mandalorian” story, and more a “The Force Awakens” fanservice

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zoward

No – I’d rather spend that time in the games themselves.

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Schmidt.Capela

Elder Scrolls is too wide, too open, to even know what the theme and tone of the series is supposed to be. So, while I like the franchise, I really need more information before I decide to jump in or not.

If it’s live action then it does start at a disadvantage with me, though, because I really prefer animated series and movies over live action.