In an interview with GameInformer (via WarpZoned), Matt Firor who is the Game Director for the upcoming Elder Scrolls MMO had something interesting to say. The game which is to be released next year was announced a while back along with an introduction trailer. During the conversation Firor apparently said the even though the game will be a massively-multiplayer-online (MMO) game, it will include a ‘solo-mode’.
He said, “In the Elder Scrolls games you’re always the hero whether you want to be or not. You go out there and you kill the dragons. You kill Mehrunes Dagon in Oblivion. In Morrowind, you’re up there fighting the Tribunal – those are huge, global epic things that you don’t want to stand in line to do in an MMO. The last thing you want to do is have the final confrontation with Mehrunes dagon as he’s stamping across the Imperial City, and you see like 15 guys behind you waiting to kill him because they’re on the same quest. We have a whole part of the game that is 100% solo, which is the main story, where the world focuses on you. You are the hero, everything you do is solo and the world reacts to you that way.”
Of course while that is excellent news given that in the unlikely event that the game will be played for only a few years after which players move to different games, the solo-mode will still prevail and allow for gaming at any other time. In addition to that, speculations online have also sparked rumors that Bethesda might be planning to sell a version of the game without the “online” part. With that said however, it is just a rumor but the solo-mode thing is good news nonetheless. What do you think?